Cruz Homers Twice, Powers Rangers Past A's 8-7

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nelson Cruz homered twice, A.J. Pierzynski drove in three runs and the Texas Rangers snapped a six-game losing streak with an 8-7 win over the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

The Rangers totaled only eight runs during what was the longest active skid in the majors.

Cruz's second homer was a two-run shot off Jesse Chavez (1-1) on an 0-2 pitch in the fifth inning to put Texas up 7-6. It came right after Pierzynski's RBI double.

Pierzynksi also homered. Cruz added a double in the seventh to match a season high with four RBIs.

Oakland wiped out an early 3-0 deficit with a six-run fourth off rookie Nick Tepesch.

Neal Cotts (3-1) went 2 1-3 innings in relief. Joe Nathan allowed a run in the ninth before earning his 21st save.


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