Right-hander Chad Gaudin allowed one run on four hits in six innings, but the Oakland bullpen ran into trouble as the A's lost to the Rangers. After Mike Piazza hit an RBI double in the fourth inning, Shannon Stewart connected on a two-run home run in the fifth.
Hank Blalock delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning, lifting the Rangers over the A's. Robinson Tejeda gave up three runs while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings, and Kenny Lofton collected career hit No. 2,300 and stole two bases.
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