Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Oakland won 2-1

Game 1: Tuesday, April 8
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Game 2: Wednesday, April 9
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Game 3: Thursday, April 10
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Athletics 4

(7-2, 2-1 away)

Rangers 5

(3-6, 2-4 home)

2:05 PM ET, April 10, 2003

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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W: F. Cordero (1-1)

L: C. Bradford (1-1)

S: U. Urbina (3)

Everett hits tiebreaking homer in eighth

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Carl Everett and Mark Teixeira provided the power and the bullpen saved the day for the Texas Rangers.

Everett hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth and Teixeira hit his first major league home run as the Rangers rallied from a four-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 5-4 Thursday.

"It was an entire team effort and the bullpen came through," Everett said. "With the type of team we have, even when we're four runs down we're within striking distance."

Francisco Cordero (1-1) threw a hitless eighth inning to pick up the victory. Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his third save to help the Rangers stop a three-game losing streak despite issuing 11 walks.

"There were a lot of keys to the game," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "Anytime you walk 11 guys and win a ball game, that's something."

Four Rangers relievers combined to allow two hits over 5 1-3 shutout innings. Aaron Fultz had the biggest impact, escaping a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the sixth as the A's failed to expand their 4-3 lead.

After Fultz walked Miguel Tejada to load the bases, Eric Chavez grounded back to Fultz, who threw home to start a 1-2-3 double play. Fultz issued an intentional walk to Jermaine Dye, then struck out pinch hitter Ron Gant to end the sixth.

"In that situation, I'm looking for a groundball and luckily it was a groundball to me," Fultz said. "I usually would gladly trade one run for two outs but it worked out better."

With the game tied at 4, Everett led off the eighth by lofting a solo homer off reliever Chad Bradford (1-1) just inside the right field foul pole for his first of the season.

Bradford threw a 2-2 slider down and in, right in Everett's power zone.

"It should have been up a little more, not down and in," Bradford said. "I was hoping it would go foul."

Scott Hatteberg hit three doubles and reached base five times, and Dye homered for the Athletics, who had their nine-game winning streak against the Rangers snapped.

The A's stranded 12 runners and went on to lose for only the second time in nine games, but Oakland took the first two games to win the series.

"We should have won the game, but we won two of three against a very good hitting team at their park," Gant said. "If we continue to do that, we'll be right where we want to be at the end of the season."

Rangers rookie starter Colby Lewis walked eight over 3 2-3 innings, allowing four runs and four hits.

Lewis walked Mark Ellis to lead off the game and Hatteberg followed with a run-scoring double that rattled around the right field corner. Ellis' RBI double in the second made it 2-0.

Dye's first homer of the season, a solo shot in the third, extended Oakland's advantage to 3-0. Hatteberg made it 4-0 with a fourth-inning RBI double.

But Texas rallied in the fourth against Oakland starter Ted Lilly on singles by Juan Gonzalez and Everett and Teixeira's blast to left, narrowing the deficit to 4-3.

The Rangers tied it at 4 in the sixth when Ruben Sierra walked, moved to second on Everett's sacrifice bunt, and scored on Michael Young's single.

Lilly gave up four runs and eight hits over 6 1-3 innings. He struck out five and walked four.

Game notes
Hatteberg tied the club record for doubles in a game. That's happened 15 times, most recently by Jason Giambi at Toronto on Aug. 15, 1999. ...When Rangers' C Einar Diaz threw out Eric Byrnes on an attempted steal of second in the second inning, it was the first caught stealing by a Texas opponent this season after eight successful steals. ...Lewis threw 103 pitches. ...Texas had dropped six straight against a lefty starter over the last two seasons. ...The Rangers' nine-game losing streak to the A's matched the longest to any team in Texas club history. ...Texas has homered in seven straight games.

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