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September 3, 2013

Texas not alone atop AL West after loss to Oakland


OAKLAND, Calif. —

If Washington intended to put a target on the A’s, manager Bob Melvin quipped, “I’ll flip it back to him.”

The Rangers had their three-game road winning streak snapped with just their third defeat in the last 15 games away from Arlington.

Young singled in a second run for the A’s three batters after Cespedes connected for his 21st homer, against Derek Holland (9-7). Center fielder Leonys Martin missed the ball on Young’s base hit and it got past him for a two-base error. Young tried to score on the play and was thrown out at home after stumbling slightly rounding third.

Top A’s prospect Michael Choice went 0 for 2 with a walk in his major league debut as the designated hitter.

Dan Straily (8-7) won back-to-back starts for the first time since early July, putting together two solid outings following a seven-start winless stretch in which he went 0-5.

Cespedes singled in the fifth for consecutive multihit games as the A’s began a stretch with 19 of their final 26 games against divisional opponents.

Lance Berkman started at DH and went 0 for 4 one day after Texas activated him from the disabled list. He had been out since July 7 with left hip inflammation and a sore surgically repaired right knee.

The Rangers won three of the teams’ first four series this year — and, after this week, the clubs play once more in Arlington from Sept. 13-15.

Notes: Holland allowed more than one home run for just the third time all year. ... The A’s are 14-4 when Cespedes homers. ... Oakland is 20-22 vs. the West since May 19 compared to 41-18 against other opponents.

... The Rangers will recall RHP Ross Wolf and OFs Engel Beltre and Joey Butler on Tuesday.

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