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Payback sweep for A's in Texas with 12-1 win

  • The A's Eric Sogard connects for a run-scoring single in the fourth inning of Wednesday night's game against Texas. (TONY GUTIERREZ / Associated Press)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Eric Sogard and the Oakland Athletics finished off their answer to a three-game sweep by Texas on the West Coast last week.

Emphatically.

Jesse Chavez allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings, Sogard matched his season total with three RBIs on Wednesday night and the Oakland Athletics completed a sweep in Texas with a 12-1 rout of the sloppy Rangers.

Yoenis Cespedes had two doubles, scored twice and drove in two runs for the A's, who scored 10 runs combined in the third and fourth innings to complete the sweep in a series that started with the teams tied atop the AL West.

“We didn't enjoy them coming in sweeping us and then losing the last two in Houston,” Sogard said. “It kind of really made us wake up a little bit. Our pitching was fantastic and we were able to put some runs on the board.”

The Rangers matched a season high with four errors, including one of two by shortstop Elvis Andrus on what could have been an inning-ending double play in Oakland's seven-run third.

Chavez (2-0) walked one and struck out eight, allowing only Prince Fielder's soft line-drive single to right-center field in the first inning. The A's improved to 6-0 in his starts.

“We've seen that game a few times already this year,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. “Quality stuff all the time. Mechanics are terrific. Keeps guys off balance.”

Robbie Ross (1-2) gave up 11 hits and 10 runs in 3 1-3 innings, the shortest outing of the left-hander's first season as a starter. Just six runs were earned because of Andrus' second error in Texas' fourth straight loss.

“It snowballed on me quick,” Ross said. “This is one of those games where you want to forget about and move on. That's what everyone tells me.”

Alberto Callaspo and Derek Norris had three hits each among a season-high 17 for Oakland. Two of Norris' hits were infield singles on choppers to Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre and played big roles in Oakland building a quick 10-0 lead.

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