Francisco hit two fans with a chair

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- The way he's been batting lately, Eric
Chavez figured Laynce Nix would surely get a glove on his line
drive to center field.

It was a huge relief for just about everyone in the Oakland
Coliseum when the ball hit the ground.

Chavez singled in the winning run in the bottom of the 10th
inning, leading the Oakland Athletics to a wild 7-6 win over the
Rangers on Monday night in a game that was delayed in the ninth
after Texas reliever Frank Francisco hurled a chair and hit two

"I don't know about rivalry, but all these games are going to
be intense from here on out," Chavez said. "It was almost like a
kickoff of a football game."

Mark McLemore drew a bases-loaded walk to score the tying run,
then Chavez broke an 0-for-13 stretch with his drive to shallow
center off Francisco Cordero (3-2), who blew his fourth save in 48

Justin Duchscherer (6-6) pitched the 10th to earn the victory
for the A's, who maintained their two-game division lead over the
Anaheim Angels.

"I'll tell you what, too many twists and turns in that game,"
A's manager Ken Macha said.

Alfonso Soriano tied it at 5 with two outs in the ninth on his
second homer of the night -- his first multihomer game this year and
seventh of his career. Moments later, with Hank Blalock at the
plate, the Rangers' bench and bullpen cleared.

Texas reliever Doug Brocail was seen screaming at a male fan,
and the pitcher had to be restrained by his teammates and bullpen
coach Mark Connor. Others also had to be held back.

Francisco then tossed a chair at a fan in a lower box to the
left of the Rangers' bullpen along the right-field line. The chair
hit one man in the head, then bounced and clobbered a woman in the
face and broke her nose.

"Tonight, it went over the line," Rangers manager Buck
Showalter said. "It was a real break from the normal trash you
hear from fans. We've had problems about every time we've come

Security ran to the scene and a small section of fans was
cleared from their seats. The incident caused a 19-minute delay.
Dave Rinetti, vice president of stadium operations, stood in front
of that section for the remainder of the game.

There was talk between the umpires and managers of suspending
the game, clearing the stands and forfeiting the game.

Rinetti said afterward that the woman, not yet identified, was
being treated at a hospital for facial cuts and a broken nose, and
was considering pressing charges. Francisco was escorted by police
out an alternate stadium exit after the game and into a car waiting
on the field. No arrests were made.

Brocail declined comment, and Francisco wasn't around the locker
room afterward.

"From what I understand, there was some calls made to security
early during the game but I have no idea what started it out
there," crew chief Joe Brinkman said.

Showalter said reliever Carlos Almanzar had to come out of the
game after having an asthma attack because of the incident.

"I don't know what happened, but I don't think anyone is happy
about it," Cordero said.

In the 10th, Mark Teixeira scored the go-ahead run on Brian
Jordan's infield grounder, but Cordero couldn't hold it as the
Rangers had their three-game winning streak snapped.

The A's have won 10 of 14 meetings between the division foes
this season, and Oakland started an important season-ending stretch
of 20 straight against the AL West.

Teixeira led off the 10th with a triple and also homered for the
fourth straight game and doubled twice.

Bobby Crosby hit a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the eighth one
batter after Almanzar plunked Nick Swisher in the right leg with
the bases loaded to score the tying run.

A's starter Tim Hudson allowed two homers in a game for the
first time this season.

Ron Mahay walked the first two A's batters in the eighth, then
gave up an RBI single to Scott Hatteberg to make it 4-3. Damian
Miller hit a sacrifice bunt and Erubiel Durazo was intentionally
walked to load the bases for Swisher.

Almanzar relieved and hit him. Crosby followed with the sac fly.

Rookie Juan Dominguez gave the Rangers six strong innings after
being activated from the 60-day disabled list before the game. The
right-hander allowed two earned runs on four hits, struck out three
and walked one.

One of those hits was by Crosby, who homered for the second time
in three games -- a solo shot in the fifth that gave him 20 this

The A's scored their first run on back-to-back balks.

Soriano led off with his 26th homer of the year. Teixeira
doubled three batters later, then Hudson got eight straight outs
before Teixeira doubled again in the fourth.

Teixeira hit his 35th homer to start the eighth, only the sixth
Hudson has allowed all year and just the third since May 8. He led
the AL for fewest homers per nine innings.

Game notes
Crosby became Oakland's fourth player to reach the 20-homer
mark. ... Dominguez had been on the DL since June 16 with a
strained neck. This was his fourth major league start. ... Nix
snapped an 0-for-15 streak with a fifth-inning single.