Rangers star Alex Rodriguez left with a bloody nose in the seventh inning after being hit by a throw when Mark Ellis stole second.Ellis arrived ahead of the throw, and Rodriguez dropped his glove as if to make the tag, but the ball hadn't arrived yet. The throw struck the shortstop in the nose. Rodriguez was tended on the field by trainer Jamie Reed, then left the game.Mark Mulder (10-4) pitched seven strong innings as the A's won their sixth straight game, matching their best streak of the season. He gave up 10 hits and two runs, striking out three with no walks.The defending AL West champions have put together back-to-back sweeps for the first time this year, and they will host the reigning NL champion San Francisco Giants in a three-game weekend series starting Friday.Texas dropped to 2-14 in June and has lost 16 of 18, including 12 straight on the road. Michael Young, Kevin Mench and Mark Teixeira had two hits apiece for the Rangers.Tejada, who had four hits in a game seven times in his career, went 5-for-5 with a home run and a double.Tejada hit a solo shot in the third for a 1-0 lead, his 12th homer of the year. His double in the eighth was the first of five straight A's hits as they added four more runs against Erasmo Ramirez.Byrnes drove a 3-2 pitch from Mario Ramos (0-1) into the left-field bleachers in the fourth for his ninth homer of the year and fourth in six games, making it 4-0. He added a sixth-inning single for his team-leading 21st multihit game and scored on Tejada's RBI single.Byrnes already has had hitting streaks of 22 and 10 games this year, and he has hit safely in 11 of his last 12.Ramos was recalled from Triple-A Oklahoma to make his major league debut. Ramos, a lefty who also has played at Double-A Frisco this season, hung in despite allowing runners to reach second in the first and second innings.He allowed four runs on five hits, struck out four and walked four.Ramos was traded by the A's after the 2001 season and saw former teammate and friend Byrnes spoil his first appearance in the majors.Young and Teixeira drove in Texas' two runs in the seventh.
Texas RF Juan Gonzalez was held out of the lineup after feeling tightness in his left groin and leaving Wednesday night's game in the eighth inning. ... To make room for Ramos, the Rangers optioned RHP R.A. Dickey to Oklahoma. Dickey was the losing pitcher in Wednesday's 4-3, 11-inning loss to the A's. The Rangers also agreed to terms with two undrafted free agents, shortstop Casey Benjamin from Tennessee Tech and outfielder Brandon Cashman from Illinois. ... Tejada last had four hits less than two weeks ago, June 6 at Philadelphia. ... Mulder became the fastest A's pitcher to reach 10 wins in a season since Bob Welch got his 10th on June 15, 1990.