ARLINGTON — Barry Zito pitched 7 1-3 strong innings and continued his success against Texas to help Oakland snap a season-high seven-game losing streak with a 6-3 win over the Rangers on Saturday night.
Zito (4-3) allowed three runs and four hits. He struck out seven and walked five while improving to 10-1 for his career in Arlington. Zito is 16-3 overall against the Rangers.
He has allowed six earned runs in his six starts in May for an ERA of 1.32.
Huston Street got five outs for his eighth save in 10 chances.
Zito walked two before exiting in the eighth, but Street came on to get Phil Nevin to hit into a double play.
Nevin's walk-off solo homer off Street gave the Rangers an 8-7 victory over the A's on Thursday night. Nevin had a three-run homer off Zito in the sixth.
Nick Swisher went 2-for-4, including a two-run triple in the sixth that extended the A's lead to 6-0 and chased Rangers starter Kameron Loe (3-5).
Loe allowed six runs and 11 hits in 5 2-3 innings. He struck out two and walked two.
Frank Thomas was 2-for-3 and walked twice for Oakland.
The A's, outscored 40-21 during the seven-game skid, took a 2-0 lead in the first on Thomas' RBI single and Bobby Crosby's sacrifice fly.
In the third, the A's capitalized on a bases-loaded fielding error by Rangers third baseman Hank Blalock for a 4-0 advantage. Jay Payton's grounder kicked off Blalock's glove and into foul territory, with Eric Chavez and Thomas scoring on the play.
Zito took a three-hit shutout and six-run lead into the sixth, but he hit Mark Teixeira with a pitch, walked Blalock, and gave up Nevin's ninth homer of the season to make it 6-3.
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