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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Sonny Gray won his sixth straight decision, helped when the Oakland Athletics hit four home runs in a six-batter span to beat the Texas Rangers 5-1 Saturday night. Cheap Royals Jerseys Authentic . The As trailed 1-0 when John Jaso hit a two-run drive with two outs in the sixth inning. Yoenis Cespedes followed with his 17th home run. Josh Donaldson led off the seventh with another home run and Josh Reddick connected two batters later. Grey (12-3) allowed seven hits over 6 2-3 innings. He didnt give up more than one earned run in any of his five July starts. Jaso and Cespedes homered off Nick Tepesch (3-7). Tepesch, who threw 99 pitches in a start last Sunday and then made a relief appearance two days later in a 14-inning loss, exited with a 2-1 count to Donaldson because of soreness in his left knee. Tepesch had this start pushed back a day. Donaldson and Reddick homered off Nate Adcock, who made his season debut. The four homers were the most for the As since they hit five against Detroit on May 26. Oaklands late power display prevented the Rangers, who own the worst record in the majors, from recording consecutive wins for the first time since June 27-28. Grey hasnt lost since June 13. In four starts this season against Texas, Gray has a 1.84 ERA. Texas took a 1-0 lead in the fourth when J.P. Arencibia singled home Jim Adduci, a 29-year-old rookie who moved into scoring position with his first major league stolen base. Adcock, whose contract was purchased from Triple-A Round Rock on Thursday, became the team-record 32nd pitcher used this season by Texas. NOTES: Oaklands starter on Sunday, Scott Kazmir, ranks second in the AL with a 2.32 ERA. He hasnt allowed more than one earned run in any of his four previous starts. ... Rangers LHP Derek Holland (knee) will make his first rehab start on Wednesday for Double-A Frisco if a Monday bullpen session goes well. ... As infielder Alberto Callaspo (hamstring) is scheduled to be activated for Sundays series finale. Cheap Royals Jerseys China . -- Down to 10 men and behind on the scoreboard, Toronto FC displayed its perseverance. Cheap MLB Jerseys Authentic . Dwyane Wade followed a few days later. . Hamels threw seven sharp innings to earn his 100th career victory, Domonic Brown had a career-best five RBIs and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Cincinnati Reds 12-1 on Saturday night to end a four-game losing streak.PORTLAND, Ore. - In a span of just 48 hours, LaMarcus Aldridge resigned himself to thumb surgery, reversed himself and decided to play through the pain, then led the Portland Trail Blazers to victory over the Washington Wizards.He cant sit out. He doesnt want to sit out. He loves this game and figures if hes got something to give, hes going to give, teammate Wesley Matthews said.The Blazers surprised many on Saturday when the team announced on Twitter that Aldridge had decided to put off surgery and would play that night against Washington.He responded with a team-high 26 points and nine rebounds in a 103-96 win to snap a two-game losing streak.He was sore after the game but said he was OK.Ill just play until its intolerable. Tonight, I thought it was tolerable, he said. It was hurting a little but it wasnt too much. Ill just keep going until I feel like Im not playing as good as I can, or I cant take it.The 6-foot-11 power forward leads Portland with averages of 23.3 points and 10.2 rebounds. Hes one of just three NBA players averaging at least 23 points and 10 rebounds.Aldridge had said on Thursday that he needed surgery to repair a ligament in his left thumb and was expected to miss from six to eight weeks.He hurt his thumb when his hand came down on the knee of Sacramentos DeMarcus Cousins in the second quarter of the Blazers 98-95 victory on Monday night.You cant say enough, coach Terry Stotts said about Aldridges return. That was big time. Not only coming back and playing through the injury but then not favouring it, going hard, not shying away from contact, being aggressive on both ends of the court — I mean, thhat was big time. Wholesale Royals Jerseys. .The injury looked like a big blow to the Blazers, who were already dealing with a depleted front line. Center Robin Lopez is out with a fractured right hand and centre Joel Freeland is sidelined with a strained right shoulder.Starting small forward Nicolas Batum left Thursday nights 90-89 loss at home to the Boston Celtics after he aggravated a right wrist injury that had been bothering him. Batum did not play against Washington.Going into Saturdays victory, Portland had lost five of six games.Aldridge said the close loss to the Celtics impacted his decision, and that his doctors told him there was no harm in giving it a shot. In the past two days hed been able to move his thumb, which also factored into the decision.My idea now is to play the rest of the season, he said. But if it gets too much where I cant handle it or Im not playing at a very good level then Ill stop. But hopefully it goes well for us.If he gets through the season, hell have the surgery in the off-season, he said.In his ninth NBA season, all with Portland, Aldridge recently moved into second on the franchise list for both points (11,782) and rebounds (5,095). He trails only Clyde Drexler with 18,050 points and 5,339 rebounds.Blazers guard Damian Lillard said he greeted Aldridge with applause when he came into the locker room after his return was announced.I cant even sit here and tell you how big it is just for him to be out there, Lillard said. Sixty per cent, 70 per cent LaMarcus Aldridge is better than no LaMarcus at all.The Blazers embark on a four-game road trip that starts Monday against the Nets. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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