OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Nelson Cruz shook off talk of a pending suspension to hit a tying two-run homer, Jurickson Profar added another two-run shot and the surging Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3 on Friday night for their fifth straight win.
Cruz, who is among 14 players facing a possible suspension as part of Major League Baseball's Biogenesis investigation, hit his 26th home run of the season in the second inning. Profar put the Rangers ahead 6-2 with his fourth homer in the fourth.
The Rangers, who were six games behind Oakland in the AL West earlier this week, are only 2 games back.
Brandon Moss' two-run double in the first gave the A's the lead, but Oakland stranded 10 runners to lose its third in a row.
Tommy Milone (9-9) allowed six runs -- including both homers -- and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.
Jason Frasor (2-2) tossed 1 1-3 scoreless innings of relief for the win.
After going 32 days without gaining ground on Oakland, the Rangers are making...