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Ka‘aihue’s RBI in 10th gives A’s win

May 18, 2012
By SCHUYLER DIXON , The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas - Kila Ka'aihue hit a tiebreaking single in the 10th inning, and the Oakland Athletics bounced back from a disputed call on squeeze play that cost them the lead to beat the Texas Rangers 5-4 on Thursday.

Ka'aihue, an Iolani School graduate, singled off Mike Adams to drive in Jonny Gomes, who had three hits.

Oakland's two Hawaii-born players combined for three hits and three RBIs. Baldwin graduate Kurt Suzuki was 2-for-5 with a two-run double in the first. Suzuki also had two passed balls.

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Oakland’s Kila Ka‘aihue watches his RBI single in the 10th inning of the Athletics’ 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers on Thursday.
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The Rangers' Mitch Moreland hit his second home run of the game off Brandon McCarthy to make the score 3-3 in the sixth, and Texas took the lead later in the inning when speedster Craig Gentry broke from third base as Elvis Andrus popped up a bunt between the mound and home plate. McCarthy thought he caught the ball on the fly and threw to third for what he figured would be a double play, but home-plate umpire Laz Diaz ruled McCarthy trapped the ball, meaning Gentry's run counted and Oakland didn't get anybody out.

"I threw the ball to third. Then he said I trapped it. I said, 'What?' and sort of flew off the handle," McCarthy said. "I was pretty furious once the disbelief set in."

A's manager Bob Melvin ran from the dugout to argue and was thrown out.

Ryan Cook (1-0) escaped a ninth-inning jam and has pitched 19 2/3 scoreless innings this season, most among American League relievers. Brian Fuentes recorded his third save.

Adams (0-2) permitted three hits while getting just one out.

Rangers manager Ron Washington replaced Moreland in the seventh with pinch hitter Brandon Snyder when the A's went to left-handed reliever Jordan Norberto. Snyder flied out to right field with the go-ahead run at second and grounded out with the bases loaded in the ninth.

"I always want to play," Moreland said. "He's the manager. He makes the decision."

The Rangers' Josh Hamilton was supposed to have the day off, but came on as a pinch hitter in the eighth and stayed in the game in center field. He finished 0-for-2, ending a 16-game hitting streak.



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