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Oakland downs Rangers to avoid sweep

The Oakland A’s exploded for six runs in the sixth inning as they got past the Texas Rangers 9-6 Wednesday to avoid a three-game series sweep.

Oakland won the game listed as -125 favorites at home, while the final score sailed OVER the posted over/under (9).

Mark Kotsay drove in four runs and went 2-4 at the plate in the win and Jason Kendall collected three hits and one RBI.

Mark Teixeira belted a three-run homer and nailed a two-run shot later in the game, collecting five RBI in a losing cause.

Joe Blanton notched his 15th win of the season, allowing six runs off 11 hits over six innings on the mound and Justin Duchscherer closed the game with his eighth save.

Josh Rupe gave up three runs off three hits in less than an inning of work to suffer the loss for the Rangers.