Everett homer lands near where phone was heaved

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Carl Everett didn't take any satisfaction
from homering into the right-field seats close to where a fan
tossed a cell phone that hit him in the head.

"We won. That's what it's all about,'' he said. "We'll take

Everett homered for the fifth straight game in which he's batted
as the Texas Rangers defeated the Oakland Athletics 2-1 on Sunday.

The five homers in as many games set a club record. The Rangers
ended a four-game road losing streak and wrapped up a 19-game
stretch to start the year against the tough AL West.

Everett is batting .333 with seven homers and 10 RBI.

"Blessed,'' he said of how he feels at the plate. "I'm
blessed. I don't know how to describe it. I won't even try.''

Everett's solo shot in the seventh off Chad Bradford (1-2) broke
a 1-all tie. The ball landed a couple sections away from where
24-year-old Juan-Carlos Covarrubias-Serrano, of Palo Alto, was
arrested during the Rangers' 12-2 loss on Saturday. He faces a
charge of assault with a deadly weapon.

The phone was thrown from the second deck of the Coliseum and
hit Everett in the back of the head. David Rinetti, the A's vice
president of stadium operations, said Covarrubias-Serrano was
intoxicated. Covarrubias-Serrano will be arraigned on Tuesday and
was being held on $15,000 bail.

Everett was 0-for-3 before his homer. Michael Young had two hits
with a double.

Rangers starter Colby Lewis (3-0), who made his major league
debut in Oakland last April, pitched six solid innings in his first
road start of the season, coming off a win over Anaheim on Tuesday.

"He's at that stage he gives me a look when I tell him he's out
of the game,'' Texas manager Buck Showalter said. "So I know he's
taken it to the next level.''

Lewis allowed one run and four hits, striking out three and
walking four. Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his seventh save.

Lewis said his facial expression -- the look Showalter was
talking about -- is just one of confidence, a sign he wants to stay

"I was still in that mode to go out in the seventh,'' he said.

Erubiel Durazo drove in a run in the first for Oakland, which
managed only five hits after pounding out 15 on Saturday.

"It's been feast or famine with our offense,'' A's manager Ken
Macha said. "We held them off the best we could.''

The Rangers, facing a left-handed starter for the eighth time in
13 games, challenged Ted Lilly each inning.

Lilly pitched well for 5 2/3 innings in his fourth start. He did
not give up an earned run, allowing seven hits, striking out four
and walking one. He got cleanup hitter Juan Gonzalez to ground out
three times, twice with runners on.

But Lilly left in the sixth with the game tied at 1 and the
bases loaded.

The Rangers loaded the bases after Mark Teixeira and Hank
Blalock hit back-to-back singles, and Ryan Christenson got aboard
on shortstop Miguel Tejada's fielding error, his second miscue of
the game. Tejada rose up too early and the ball ticked off the
front of his glove.

Lilly then struck out Einar Diaz, and Chad Bradford relieved to
face Young. Bradford, a submariner, struck out Young on three
pitches to escape the jam. His last pitch was clocked at 69 mph.

Macha wants his starters to go deeper into games.

"I worked behind a lot,'' Lilly said. "That makes it tough on
me trying to pitch like that and also on the bullpen.''

Lilly was helped by his defense.

Second baseman Mark Ellis made a tricky, backhanded catch on a
looper by Kevin Mench in the fourth, falling over Tejada to make
the play in shallow center.

Tejada made an error two batters later when he overthrew first
base on a single by Blalock, allowing Blalock to reach second.
Blalock scored an unearned run on Christenson's single to center
that made it 1-all.

Security was heightened Sunday. Rinetti said staffing was
increased and a uniformed police officer was stationed at the
Rangers bullpen. In addition, an in-house video system was used to
monitor the right-field area.

Game notes
After four players were hit by pitches Saturday, the A's
hit Teixeira twice Sunday -- once by Lilly and once by Bradford.
Oakland also hit Alex Rodriguez and Christenson to set the club
record of four hit batsmen. It also tied the Rangers mark for times
being hit. ... Oakland's Ramon Hernandez had his nine-game hitting
streak snapped. ... Sandy Alderson, a vice president of baseball
operations in the commissioner's office in New York, flew to
Oakland early Sunday to deal with the Everett situation. ... The
A's lead the AL with five one-run losses.