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A's rally to win

OAKLAND -- Sammy Sosa's 608th home run and five RBIs weren't enough for the Texas Rangers.

Oakland's Swisher answers Sosa

Nick Swisher hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning after Oakland rallied from a six-run deficit, and the Athletics beat the Rangers 11-9 Friday night.

Oakland trailed 6-0 in the third, then scored twice in the bottom half and went ahead with seven runs in the fifth.

Sosa tied it 9-9 with a three-run homer off Santiago Casilla in the sixth, but Swisher put Oakland ahead to stay with a solo shot against John Rheinecker (2-2) in bottom half, Swisher's 21st home run of the season. Kurt Suzuki added an RBI single off Wes Littleton.

Andrew Brown (3-2) retired all four hitters he faced for the win, Alan Embree pitched a scoreless eighth and Huston Street finished with a perfect ninth for his 16th save in 20 chances.

Sosa entered with a .179 batting average at Oakland, his lowest at any current major league park. He hit a two-run single in the third before the homer, his first homer in Oakland since Sept. 18, 1990, for the Chicago White Sox against Mike Moore.

Sosa reached 20 homers for the first time since 2004 and the 13th time in his big league career.

Daric Barton's first major league homer, a two-run drive, started Oakland's comeback.

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