OAKLAND, Calif. - The Texas Rangers bounced back from one of their most embarrassing moments by just plain winning.
Alfonso Soriano had three hits and two RBIs as the Rangers responded with their bats to beat the Oakland Athletics 12-9 Tuesday, a night after Texas reliever Frank Francisco threw a plastic chair into the stands and broke a woman’s nose.
Soriano, the Rangers’ All-Star second baseman, had another big offensive night after hitting two home runs in Monday’s bizarre 7-6, 10-inning loss.
Doug Brocail (4-1) pitched two perfect innings for the win. The right-hander was one of the most visibly agitated players during the altercation Monday, screaming at fans. He was booed loudly when he came in to pitch the seventh.
“I’m not going to make any statement about last night’s game,” Brocail said. “We’re here to play baseball and we’re going to go forward. I blocked everything out. I went out and got loose knowing I would be counted on to help win a baseball game. That was my approach.”
Eric Young singled twice, scored two runs and hit a fifth-inning sacrifice fly, and Laynce Nix had two doubles and an RBI. The Rangers won for the fourth time in five games, and have scored 10 or more runs in four of those.
The AL West-leading A’s got help from Seattle to maintain their two-game division lead over the Anaheim Angels, who lost 3-2 to the Mariners at Safeco Field.
“We want to keep as much distance as possible,” A’s first baseman Scott Hatteberg said. “I always look at the scoreboard. It’s good to see Seattle pull one out. Certainly it made losing a little easier, though we would have liked to capitalize.”
Michael Young hit a solo homer in the ninth for Texas to give him 20 this season.
The Rangers have four infielders with 20 homers. Young joins Hank Blalock, Soriano and Mark Teixeira, and the Rangers became only the second team in major league history to have four infielders reach the 20-homer mark — the other was the 1940 Boston Red Sox.
Seldom-used Adam Melhuse homered and drove in three runs for Oakland. Hatteberg hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Michael Tejera. Carlos Almanzar got the final two outs.
Security was beefed up for the game a night after a fracas in the stands in which Francisco hurled a plastic chair and hit two fans in the head, breaking a woman’s nose.
Francisco was arrested Tuesday morning on a charge of aggravated battery. The injured woman, identified by her lawyer Tuesday as Jennifer Bueno, 41, of Livermore, wants Francisco to be prosecuted. A civil suit is also a likely possibility, since she’ll need medical treatment, said the lawyer, Gary Gwilliam.
After posting $15,000 bail, Francisco spent much of the day at the team’s hotel in San Francisco, but arrived at the ballpark nearly 2 hours after the first pitch just in case the Rangers needed his services.
Francisco sat quietly eating dinner with his teammates after the game.
When asked in Spanish for comment, he said, “No puedo” — “I can’t.”
Eric Young said Francisco’s teammates were supporting him during this rough time.
“Once you put the uniform on, you have a responsibility to each other between the lines,” he said. “It was good to see the players on our team come out and focus after everything that happened last night. This is an important series for us. It’s good to see everybody rebound and respond.”
There seemed to be some leftover tension Tuesday.
Both teams received warnings after two hit batters in the third inning.
A’s starter Mark Redman (10-12) plunked Teixeira in the left triceps in the top of the inning, and an angry Teixeira could be seen cursing as he made his way to first base. In the bottom half, Eric Chavez was hit on his right buttocks by Texas starter John Wasdin.
Redman and Wasdin each were chased after 3 1-3 innings.
Oakland took a 2-0 lead in the first on Erubiel Durazo’s two-run single.
The Rangers batted around in their four-run third, capped by Blalock’s two-RBI double, a run-scoring single from Soriano, and Brian Jordan’s sacrifice fly.
Wasdin lost in his only other outing against the A’s this season July 25, then was designated for assignment the next day.
Redman, 4-9 in his last 15 starts, gave up seven runs, six hits and four walks in his third-shortest outing this year.
Notes: The A’s recalled RHP Jairo Garcia from Triple-A Sacramento for his second stint with the club this year. Oakland optioned RHP Justin Lehr to Sacramento after the game. ... Redman changed his uniform from No. 55 to 18 before the game. The team said it was just personal preference. “Trying to change things up,” Redman said. ... The Rangers got 15 hits, and everyone but Teixeira got one. .. Every Texas player scored and had an RBI.
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