Rangers 6, Athletics 1: Adrian Beltre and Josh Hamilton homered while Roy Oswalt tossed 6 1/3 strong innings as American League West-leading Texas halted host Oakland's four-game winning streak.
Beltre led off the fourth inning with his 17th shot of the season and Hamilton opened the eighth with his 28th, tying Adam Dunn of the Chicago White Sox for the major-league lead. Hamilton struck out in three at-bats against Bartolo Colon before sending reliever Jordan Norberto's third pitch of the game over the wall in left for an opposite-field blast.
Oswalt (3-1) limited Oakland to two hits before yielding Josh Reddick's leadoff homer in the seventh. The veteran right-hander, who struck out six, then fanned Yoenis Cespedes before exiting.
Elvis Andrus, Mike Napoli and Craig Gentry had RBI singles and Hamilton added a sacrifice fly for the Rangers, who have won five of six following a five-game losing streak.
Andrus plated Gentry with two outs in the third inning to get Texas on the board and Beltre made it 2-0 with his blast in the fourth. Napoli and Gentry hit back-to-back run-scoring singles later in the frame to double the advantage.
Hamilton increased his major league-leading RBI total to 78 with his solo shot in the eighth and sacrifice fly in the ninth.
Colon (6-8) allowed four runs and eight hits over seven innings. The portly right-hander, who walked one and struck out five, fell to 18-7 lifetime against the Rangers.
Cespedes recorded two of the five hits by Oakland, which had won nine of 10.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Reddick's homer, his team-leading 21st of the year, was Oakland's 10th blast in its last four games. ... Texas activated RHP Alexi Ogando from the 15-day disabled list and placed C Yorvit Torrealba on the paternity list. Ogando, who had been sidelined since suffering a strained groin on June 10 in his first start of the season following 27 relief appearances, entered in the seventh inning and retired two of the three batters he faced. ... Oakland activated OF Collin Cowgill, who had been out with a sprained ankle, from the DL and optioned him to Triple-A Sacramento.