Brown's 4 RBI Power A's Past Rangers

Texas' five-game winning streak goes by the boards
By Jamie Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2008 8:51 PM CDT
Oakland Athletic's Frank Thomas hits a single against Texas Rangers pitcher Sidney Ponson during the first inning of their Major League Baseball game, Sunday, May 11, 2008, in Arlington, Texas.   (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)
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(Newser) – Emil Brown hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to help the Oakland Athletics beat Texas 12-6, ending the Rangers' season-best five-game winning streak Sunday. Frank Thomas drove in two runs to give him 1,695 RBIs, tying him with Cal Ripken for 21st all-time, while Mark Ellis had three hits for the A's.

With the game tied at 6, Bobby Crosby led off the seventh with a double, then stopped at third on Ellis' single. Rangers reliever Franklyn German's pickoff attempt had Ellis in a rundown between first and second, but when Crosby broke for the plate, Rangers first baseman Frank Catalanotto threw late to home as Crosby scored to put the A's in front.