Oakland A's Remain Close in AL West, Defeating Texas Rangers 5-4 in Extras

Michael NargiSenior Analyst IMay 17, 2012

ARLINGTON, TX - MAY 17: Brandon McCarthy #32 of the Oakland Athletics delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on May 17, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
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The Oakland A's let a 3-0 lead get away from them only to rally from a 4-3 deficit to force extra innings against the Texas Rangers on Thursday afternoon.

The A's took the lead in the 10th inning when Kila Ka'aihue singled in the eventual winning run on Thursday.

Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy did not factor in the decision as he pitched 5.1 innings allowing four earned runs while striking out four.

The victory for the A's keeps them in second place and four games behind the Rangers in the AL West.

The A's are showing that they are capable of playing with the elite teams and had a huge win against the best team in baseball. Oakland is 7-8 within the division, but if they can improve upon this record they will keep things close with the Rangers.

The Rangers have been holding their own with a 6-3 record in the West.

Any day that a team can keep the high-powered Rangers to four runs is a successful one and the A's accomplished that feat on Thursday.

Oakland will try to creep closer to the Rangers on Friday when they begin interleague play on the road against the San Francisco Giants.