A's don't give up ground in West

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Alfonso Soriano had three hits and two
RBI as the Rangers responded with their bats to beat the Oakland
Athletics 12-9 Tuesday, a night after Texas reliever Frank
Francisco threw a plastic chair into the stands and broke a woman's

Soriano, the Rangers' All-Star second baseman, had another big
offensive night after hitting two home runs in Monday's bizarre
7-6, 10-inning loss.

Doug Brocail (4-1) pitched two perfect innings for the win. The
right-hander was one of the most visibly agitated players during
the altercation Monday, screaming at fans. He was booed loudly when
he came in to pitch the seventh.

Eric Young singled twice, scored two runs and hit a fifth-inning
sacrifice fly, and Laynce Nix had two doubles and an RBI. The
Rangers won for the fourth time in five games, and have scored 10
or more runs in four of those.

The AL West-leading A's got help from Seattle to maintain their
two-game division lead over the Anaheim Angels, who lost 3-2 to the
Mariners at Safeco Field.

Michael Young hit a solo homer in the ninth for Texas to give
him 20 this season.

The Rangers have four infielders with 20 homers. Young joins
Hank Blalock, Soriano and Mark Teixeira, and the Rangers became
only the second team in major league history to have four
infielders reach the 20-homer mark -- the other was the 1940 Boston
Red Sox.

Seldom used Adam Melhuse homered and drove in three runs for
Oakland. Scott Hatteberg hit a two-run homer in the ninth off
Michael Tejera. Carlos Almanzar entered and got the final two outs.

Security was beefed up for the game a night after a fracas in
the stands in which Francisco hurled a plastic chair and hit two
fans in the head, breaking a woman's nose.

Francisco was arrested Tuesday morning on a charge of aggravated
battery. The injured woman, identified by her lawyer Tuesday as
Jennifer Bueno, 41, of Livermore, wants Francisco to be prosecuted.
A civil suit is also a likely possibility, since she'll need
medical treatment, said the lawyer, Gary Gwilliam.

After posting $15,000 bail, Francisco spent much of the day at
the team's hotel in San Francisco, but arrived at the ballpark
nearly 2 hours after the first pitch just in case the Rangers
needed his services.

There seemed to be some leftover tension Tuesday.

Both teams received warnings after two hit batters in the third

A's starter Mark Redman (10-12) plunked Teixeira in the left
triceps in the top of the inning, and an angry Teixeira could be
seen cursing as he made his way to first base. In the bottom half,
Eric Chavez was hit on his right buttocks by Texas starter John

Redman and Wasdin each were knocked out of the game after 3 1-3

Oakland took a 2-0 lead in the first on Erubiel Durazo's two-run

The Rangers batted around in their four-run third, capped by
Blalock's two-RBI double, a run-scoring single from Soriano, and
Brian Jordan's sacrifice fly.

Wasdin lost in his only other outing against the A's this season
July 25, then was designated for assignment the next day.

Redman, 4-9 in his last 15 starts, gave up seven runs, six hits
and four walks in his third-shortest outing this year.

Game notes
The A's recalled RHP Jairo Garcia from Triple-A Sacramento
for his second stint with the club this year. ... Redman changed
his uniform from No. 55 to 18 before the game. The team said it was
just personal preference. ... The Rangers got 15 hits, and everyone
but Teixeira got one. .. Every Texas player in the game scored and
had an RBI.