Cruz hits 3-run homer to lead Rangers past A's 6-2

By: JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer
By: JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Nelson Cruz hit a three-run homer, Alexi Ogando earned his first career win against Oakland and the Texas Rangers took the rubber game with the Athletics 6-2 on Wednesday.

Ogando (4-2) didn't allow a hit until Eric Sogard's leadoff double in the sixth. The right-hander won his second straight decision and earned only his second victory in seven outings since consecutive wins starting the season.

Cruz greeted reliever Jesse Chavez in the fifth with a first-pitch drive to left for his 10th homer, highlighting the Rangers' four-run inning.

Lance Berkman hit a two-run single and Adrian Beltre added an RBI single a day after hitting a 10th-inning home run. Elvis Andrus stole his ninth and 10th bases as the Rangers won their first series in Oakland since Sept. 20-22, 2011.

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