- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Billy Burns rounded third base clearly intent on going for an inside-the-park home run. A ways down the line, the Athletics’ speedy leadoff hitter quickly changed direction and headed back.

Burns made it safely and settled for a triple, setting an Oakland record in the process.

It was one of the few things that went right for manager Bob Melvin’s ballclub on a night starting pitcher Felix Doubront extended his winless streak against the Texas Rangers.

Josh Reddick and Eric Sogard homered but the Rangers countered with three of their own, and Texas beat Oakland 10-3 on Wednesday night.

Melvin, who hasn’t had much to smile about this season, said Burns made the right decision in turning back following the strong throw by Shin Soo Choo. Choo retrieved the ball after it rolled under some chairs in the Rangers’ bullpen.

It was the A’s 41st triple, setting an Oakland record (40 in 1968).

“I’m glad he didn’t (go) because I don’t think he would have made it,” Melvin said. “We have a new ground rule this year with those boxes and if it goes underneath where the bench is, you kill it. If not, you play it.”

Elvis Andrus and Adrian Beltre each hit three-run homers in support of Colby Lewis’ six strong innings, allowing the Rangers to take a three-game lead in the AL West Division.

Rougned Odor also homered, Mitch Moreland, Choo, Will Venable drove in runs and Prince Fielder ended an 0-for-20 streak as the Rangers magic number fell to eight.

Reddick committed two errors in the same game for the first time in his career. Sogard ended a 457-at bat homerless streak.

“We tried to give him the silent treatment but I guess no one wanted to be a part of it,” Reddick said. “It’s not often you can expect Sogie to go deep.”

Lewis (17-8) became the Rangers’ first 17-game winner since Scott Feldman won 17 in 2009. He gave up two runs on five hits, walking two and striking out three.

Felix Doubront (3-3), who started the season with the Toronto Blue Jays, lasted 4 2-3 innings, allowing seven runs on eight hits. He walked two and struck out four.

“For the most part the cutter’s his pitch and he just hasn’t been getting it in like he normally does,” Melvin said. “(He is) leaving it just on the plate just a little bit where they can extend and get it.”

TRAINER’S ROOM:

Athletics: C Stephen Vogt started at first base, his first appearance on the field since taking a hard foul tip off to his groin area more than two weeks ago. Vogt has been a DH and PH. He could catch again on Friday.

UP NEXT:

Rangers: LHP Cole Hamels (4-1, 3.73) starts Thursday’s series finale. He’s riding a four-game winning streak over his last seven starts. He’ll be making his debut in Oakland.

Athletics: RHP Chris Bassitt (1-6, 2.82) makes his first start in nearly month after recovering from a strained shoulder. His run support average as a starter is 2.15.

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