ARLINGTON, Texas -- Emil Brown and the Oakland Athletics used an aggressive approach to jump-start their offense.
Brown hit a three-run homer and drove in four runs to help the A's beat Texas 12-6, ending the Rangers' season-best five-game winning streak Sunday.
"I'm not a walk guy," Brown said. "I'm just ready to hack."
Frank Thomas drove in two runs to give him 1,695 RBIs, tying him with Cal Ripken for 21st all-time, and Mark Ellis had three hits for the A's.
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The A's pulled off two double steals, hit early in the count and took advantage of eight walks and two errors to lift an offense that scored three runs or fewer in seven of their previous 11 games.
With the game tied at 6, Bobby Crosby led off the seventh with a double, then stopped at third on Ellis' single. A pickoff attempt by Rangers reliever Franklyn German had Ellis in a rundown between first and second, but when Crosby broke for the plate, Rangers first baseman Frank Catalanotto threw late to catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia as Crosby scored to put the A's in front.
"We got a little lucky," A's manager Bob Geren said. "They got us, and we got away with it."
Ryan Sweeney hit a sacrifice fly later in the seventh to extend Oakland's lead to 8-6, and Brown's RBI single in the eighth made it 9-6.
Daric Barton hit a two-run homer in the ninth for Oakland.
German gave up two runs and three hits in two-thirds of an inning to pick up the loss. Santiago Casilla allowed two hits in 1 1/3 innings for the victory.
Texas starter Sidney Ponson allowed six runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings, his worst outing in four starts since his contract was purchased from Triple-A Oklahoma on April 26.
The A's activated Rich Harden from the 15-day disabled list to make his first start since April 2, but he couldn't hold a four-run first-inning lead. Harden was placed on the 15-day disabled list April 10 because of a strained right shoulder.
In the first, Thomas' RBI single and Brown's fourth homer of the season gave the A's a 4-0 advantage.
Saltalamacchia's two-run single in a four-run third tied it for the Rangers, who took a 5-4 edge in the fourth on Josh Hamilton's RBI triple.
Harden allowed five runs and eight hits in 3 2/3 innings.
"First time out, I'm somewhat happy," Harden said. "Obviously, I didn't get that many innings in and gave up some runs, but I wasn't disappointed."
Ponson walked Jack Cust with the bases loaded in the sixth as the A's tied it at 5, and Thomas followed with a sacrifice fly off German to give Oakland the lead.