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OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Brandon Hicks led off the bottom of the ninth with a towering home run to center for his first major league clout, lifting the Oakland Athletics to a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday. Hicks connected off Michael Kirkman (0-1) for Oakland's majors-leading ninth walkoff win. He became the fourth player in franchise history to hit a game-ending homer for his first career longball and the second this year -- joining Derek Norris, who did it June 25 against San Francisco. Josh Reddick hit a tying two-run double with two outs in the seventh to help the A's salvage a two-game split with the AL West-leading Rangers. Evan Scribner and Sean Doolittle each pitched a perfect inning, and All-Star Ryan Cook (3-2) worked the ninth for the win. Cook hasn't allowed a run in his last nine outings. Michael Young hit a go-ahead RBI single in the sixth but the Rangers couldn't hold it. Craig Gentry hit an RBI double and Nelson Cruz added a run-scoring single f...
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