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Lewis Takes Rangers Over A's, 11-2



    Colby Lewis pitched eight strong innings, Texas hit three home runs, including back-to-back shots by Nelson Cruz and Mike Napoli in the fourth, and the Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 11-2 on Saturday.

    Michael Young hit his first homer of the season as the Rangers tagged A's starter Brett Anderson (2-2) for seven runs in five innings while snapping a two-game losing streak.

    Lewis (2-3) allowed six hits with a season-high six strikeouts to win for the first time since April 2. The right-hander had lost his previous three starts while getting one run or fewer of support.

    Kurt Suzuki and Josh Willingham homered for Oakland, which failed in its attempt to get above .500 for only the second time this season.

    Texas regained sole possession of first place in the AL West. The Rangers held it for a week until losing to the A's on Friday and dropping into a tie with Anaheim. The Angels lost to Tampa Bay earlier Saturday, however, allowing the Rangers to move back on top of the division alone.

    A day after getting 11 hits -- all singles -- Texas had five extra-base hits off five Oakland pitchers and finished with 14 hits overall, one shy of its season-high. Every starter except Mitch Moreland had at least one hit and seven players had at least one RBI.

    Young's homer was especially nice for the Rangers. His two-run shot in the third ended a power drought that extended back to last Sept. 25.

    Before muscling up against Anderson, Young had managed to drive in 17 runs without a home run -- the third-most by a player in the bigs since 1946.

    The Rangers tagged Anderson for an early run in the first, getting some help from Oakland's shaky defense which entered the day second in the majors in errors.

    Anderson issued a one-out walk to Elvis Andrus, then got Young to hit a grounder to second. But Andy LaRoche, who was originally penciled in at third before second baseman Mark Ellis was a late scratch, threw to first instead of trying for the double play. Andrus then stole third and easily scored on Adrian Beltre's double that left fielder Willingham made a casual attempt to field.

    Lewis, who appeared in 26 games for the A's in 2007, relaxed with the lead and cruised to the win. He retired 15 of the final 18 batters he faced following Willingham's homer in the fourth and didn't walk anyone until the eighth.

    It was Lewis' longest outing since a complete-game win over Houston last June 19.

    Brett Tomko pitched the ninth to complete the seven-hitter for Texas.

    Suzuki's homer on a 2-2 pitch from Lewis in the second tied the game. Suzuki's solo shot, only his second home run of the season, came two days after the birth of the Oakland catcher's first child.

    Texas then chased Anderson with two runs in the third and four in the fifth when Cruz and Napoli hit their back-to-back homers. It's the first time this season the Rangers hit consecutive homer runs.

    Oakland's starters went into the game leading the majors with a 2.47 ERA but Anderson never found his rhythm. The left-hander was done after five innings, having allowed nine hits while striking out three.

    The A's committed their AL-leading 25th error in the ninth, which led to three unearned runs.