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Oakland A's blow lead in loss

OAKLAND -- Nick Swisher and Vicente Padilla didn't say much after their fight led to a bench-clearing brawl.

Michael Young? He let his bat do the talking.

Young drove in a career-high seven runs, including a go-ahead grand slam in the eighth, and the Texas Rangers beat the Oakland Athletics 11-9 on Sunday in a game that began with Swisher and Padilla going at it near the mound.

"I have no reaction," Swisher said. "I just went out there and did what I had to do."

Swisher, who hit a home run in each of the first three games of the series, tackled Padilla after getting hit in the first inning.

Oakland second baseman Jack Hannahan dived into the pile and A's manager Bob Geren got into a heated argument with the umpires.

"How many times can one team hit you in a row?" Geren said. "The guy hits three home runs -- make better pitches. You don't hit him."

Swisher was hit by Bill White in the seventh inning on Saturday and glared out at the mound as the umpires issued a warning to both teams. The precaution evidently didn't carry over.

"We go inside on him and he hits a home run. We go outside on him and he hits a home run," Rangers catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "I'm sure he was frustrated about getting hit yesterday. I can see that."

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