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Athletics 9, Rangers 1

July 14, 1996

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) _ Scott Brosius and Matt Stairs hit solo homers and Jason Giambi had three RBIs as the Oakland Athletics batted around twice in the first three innings of a 9-1 win Sunday over the Texas Rangers.

Jose Herrera and Rafael Bournigal had three hits apiece for the A’s, who have homered in a season-high 10 straight games. The only starter in the Oakland lineup without a hit was Mark McGwire.

Doug Johns (6-10) had a career-high seven strikeouts while giving up one run on 10 hits in eight innings. He was helped by three double plays, and Oakland turned four overall, giving the A’s an AL-high 117 this season.

Oakland scored four in the first on an RBI single by Giambi, a two-run double by Geronimo Berroa and a sacrifice fly by George Williams. The A’s loaded the bases in the second, but Rusty Greer made a leaping catch at the left-field fence to rob Brosius of an extra-base hit with two outs.

The Athletics got three more runs in the third on Stairs’ leadoff homer, his fourth of the season, an RBI single by Bournigal and a run-scoring groundout by Giambi.

Bournigal tripled and scored on Giambi’s groundout in the fifth, and Brosius hit his 12th homer leading off the Oakland sixth.

Mark McLemore homered in the fifth for Texas, his fourth of the season. Juan Gonzalez went 3-for-4 for the Rangers to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 16 games. During that span, Gonzalez is hitting .417.

Kevin Gross (9-7) was knocked out in the third for the Rangers. He allowed six runs on six hits and four walks in two-plus innings.

Gross, who allowed eight runs in 3 1-3 innings in his previous start, has given up 19 runs on 22 hits in 11 2-3 innings in his last three starts to raise his ERA from 4.97 to 6.02.

Notes: Gross has four starts this season in which he has lasted less than four innings. ... The A’s have 143 homers this season. ... Gross has an 0-4 career record against Oakland. ... Berroa has nine RBIs against Texas this season. ... Gonzalez has an extra-base hit in seven straight games. ... Mickey Tettleton struck out three times for Texas, and has whiffed 90 times this season.

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