Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 5/17/12

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Oakland A's overcame two home runs from Mitch Moreland and a controversial call to beat the Texas Rangers 5-4 in 10 innings Thursday afternoon at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Oakland scored the go-ahead run on Kila Ka'aihue's single to right off Texas reliever Mike Adams, scoring Jonny Gomes with one out. Gomes led off the 10th with an infield hit.

The second-place A's (20-19) pulled within four games of Texas (24-19) in the American League West with the two-game series split. The Rangers had beaten Oakland in 13 of their previous 15 meetings.

"We've struggled a little bit here," said Oakland manager Bob Melvin, who was ejected in the sixth inning. "We lose a game here (Wednesday) when we didn't play great, and we come back and deal with some adversity and such and get some big hits, and everyone contributes."

The A's jumped on Texas starter Matt Harrison early. Three hits, including Kurt Suzuki's two-run double, provided Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy with a 3-0 lead before he ever stepped on the mound.

Harrison settled down from there, while the Rangers finally got to McCarthy in the fourth. Moreland went the opposite way with a two-run blast to left to slice the Oakland lead to 3-2.

"He gave up three runs in the first inning. He kept us in the ballgame," Texas manager Ron Washington said of Harrison. "He gave us a chance to get back in the game, and we did. And we took the lead. I'll take that situation anytime going forward."

Moreland wasn't done. The first baseman drilled a solo shot to right to tie the game in the sixth off McCarthy, a former Texas starter. It also marked the fourth career multi-home run game for Moreland.

Craig Gentry followed with a double. Ian Kinsler singled Gentry to third before Texas took the lead with a controversial call that left Oakland fuming.

Elvis Andrus squared to bunt, but instead of getting the ball down, it popped up short of the mound. McCarthy, all 6-foot-7 of him, dove, and replays appeared to show he got his glove under the ball.

Home plate umpire Laz Diaz ruled the ball hit the ground, so instead of a double-play, Gentry scored to take a 4-3 lead. Melvin came out to argue the call to no avail and was tossed by Diaz.

"I threw the ball to third," McCarthy said. "Then he said I trapped it. I said, 'What?' and sort of flew off the handle. I was pretty furious once the disbelief set in."

Oakland didn't dwell on the tough break for long. Josh Reddick smashed one into the Rangers' bullpen in the seventh off reliever Alexi Ogando to knot the score at 4-4. It was the first home run and second run allowed by Ogando this season.

The Rangers did have Michael Young at third with one out in the ninth, but weren't able to get him home. Washington was asked if the loss was one of the more frustrating of the season.

"I wouldn't call it frustrating. That's harsh," he said. "Those guys have delivered so much in those situations. It's a tough loss, but it's not frustrating because we still have a lot of games on the schedule.

"You can't get frustrated with one game, because that frustration ends up just snowballing. We've just got to come out and play ball and take advantage of opportunities. And we're going to do that."

Texas completed its seven-game homestand at 3-4 and heads out on a six-game road trip beginning with three at instate rival Houston on Friday.

The A's return to the Bay Area to begin a three-game series Friday at San Francisco.

NOTES: Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton didn't start Thursday, but came in as a pinch hitter in the eighth. Currently the American League leader in each of the Triple Crown categories, Hamilton had his 16-game hitting streak snapped. ... Oakland third baseman Brandon Inge (groin) was placed on 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Sunday. The A's recalled infielder Adam Rosales from Triple-A Sacramento to replace Inge. ... Oakland also brought up left-handed reliever Travis Blackley and optioned Andrew Carignan to A Sacramento. Blackley was claimed off waivers from San Francisco on Tuesday. ... Texas owns the largest division lead in the AL at 4.0 games. ... The attendance of 47,182 was the 13th sellout of this season, which is the third most in club history.

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