A's fall on road

ARLINGTON, Texas -- A sudden downpour Sunday afternoon threatened to wash out the Oakland A's game against the Texas Rangers.

All involved should have been so lucky.

A 12-9 A's defeat at Rangers Ballpark was tedious to watch and couldn't have been much fun to participate in. And that goes for players on both teams.

First pitch was delayed 16 minutes as the skies darkened and rain fell. Then fans went scrambling for cover in the top of the second, when a severe downpour halted the game for another hour and 13 minutes. All told, it took the Rangers 5 hours, 21 minutes to complete a three-game sweep in front of 25,054 fans, not many of whom were still present when Jack Cust struck out against Joaquin Benoit to end things.

Some other assorted nuggets: The teams combined for 15 walks, four errors and 11 pitching changes. Oakland did stage an impressive five-run rally in the seventh inning to close the gap to 9-8. That came long after Texas batted around in an eight-run second inning to command an 8-1 lead.

The A's finally climbed aboard their severely delayed charter plane Sunday evening and departed for Seattle, no doubt happy to leave the Lone Star state behind. After occupying third place every day since June 24, the A's are now tied with the Rangers for last in the American League West.