The Rangers finally broke through against Trevor Cahill with a hit and a run, but an apparent blown call by second base umpire Ted Barrett limited Texas to one run.
Yorvit Torrealba had the Rangers' first hit of the game in the sixth, a single to right field. He later tried to steal second and seemed to avoid the tag of A's shortstop Eric Sogard but was called out, even though TV replays showed the tag was missed by about six inches. Torrealba and Rangers manager Ron Washington argued to no avail.
Endy Chavez, who was batting when Torrealba was called out, reached on a throwing error by Jemile Weeks and made it to second. Ian Kinsler brought him home with a double down the left-field line to give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. The A's have three errors in the game.
Meanwhile, Rangers starter Colby Lewis retired 17 straight batters before Weeks reached for the second time on a double to right in the bottom of the sixth. But Lewis ended the frame by striking out Scott Sizemore with a slider for his eighth strikeout of the game.