Canha, Valencia homer to lead Oakland past Texas

Sep 13, 2015 1:26 AM by Ross Field

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Mark Canha had a three-run homer and Danny Valencia a two-run shot in the fifth inning, leading the Oakland Athletics over the Texas Rangers 5-3 on Saturday night.

Despite the loss, Texas gained a half-game on the AL wild card-leading Yankees, who were swept in a doubleheader by Toronto but hold a three-game edge. The Rangers remained a game ahead of Minnesota for the second wild card.

Oakland had been shut out for 16 consecutive innings before Canha's three-run shot, his 15th of the season, off Yovani Gallardo.

Left-hander Sean Nolin (1-1) limited Texas to four hits in 5 2-3 innings, including a solo homer by Mike Napoli in the second.

Gallardo (12-10) lost for the first time in nine starts, ending a five-decision winning streak.

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