Rangers Rally From Early Deficit to Beat Athletics

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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Donnie Murphy lined a go-ahead single up the middle with one out in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied from an early three-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 4-3 on Monday night.

Sean Doolittle (0-1) allowed a leadoff double to Kevin Kouzmanoff and Mitch Moreland sacrificed him to third before Murphy's hit. Murphy and Kouzmanoff are both former A's players.

Neal Cotts (1-1) pitched one inning for the win, then gave way to Alexi Ogando before Joakim Soria finished for his fourth save.

Brandon Moss homered and Coco Crisp hit a two-run single as the A's went ahead 3-0 in the second, but they couldn't hold the lead.

Oakland swept a weekend series against Houston and lost for only the second time in nine games and third time in 14.