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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yoenis Cespedes gave Oakland an early lead with his bat. He prevented what could have been a huge collapse with his arm. Cespedes hit a three-run homer in the first inning, then threw out Alex Rios at third base to end a big Texas comeback in the eighth as the Athletics survived a shaky night from the bullpen to extend their AL West lead with a 9-8 victory over the Rangers on Friday night. The Rangers trailed 9-2 when Elvis Andrus and Rios had two-run singles as part of six-run inning to close within one. Adrian Beltres third hit was a single to Cespedes in left field, and the Cuban star ended the threat by throwing out Rios trying to go from first to third, where the tag from Josh Donaldson arrived just about the same time as Rios foot. "It was a bang-bang play," Donaldson said. "Cespedes made a perfect throw and I was able to put a tag on it, and it ended up as an out." Rios said he was certain he would make it to third with the play happening in front of him. "And actually, I was correct," said Rios, who was ejected by Andy Fletcher for angrily arguing the call. "I believe I was safe on that call." The As handed the Rangers their fourth straight loss and moved 4 1/2 games ahead of Texas in the opener of the final series of the regular season between the past two AL West champions. Cespedes 23rd homer came off Derek Holland (9-9), who is winless in a career-high seven straight starts. Dan Straily (10-7) allowed two hits in 5 2-3 innings to win his fourth straight start and beat Texas for the second time in 11 days. The right-hander might have stayed around longer if he hadnt struggled with four walks and a hit batter. The bullpen was wild, too, and it almost cost the As the game. Brett Anderson walked Beltre and A.J. Pierzynski to start the eighth, and Ron Cook later gave Ian Kinsler a free pass with the bases loaded for Oaklands eighth walk. Andrus followed with a single to right field, and Rios singled to centre after a passed ball moved both runners into scoring position. The call against Rios set off several Rangers. First-base umpire Joe West tossed Texas pitcher Matt Garza for complaining from the dugout in the top of the ninth. "At that part of the game there were a lot of emotions," Rios said. "Were fired up and to have that rally killed like that, its disappointing." Sean Doolittle, who gave up Beltres hit in the eighth, allowed a double to Robinson Chirinos with two outs in the ninth but ended up striking out the side, getting Jurickson Profar looking for his second save in seven chances. "We usually lock those games down, but we didnt," Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. "We put ourselves in a position not to win, but we didnt lose." Donaldson homered and drove in three runs, and Brandon Moss hit his 27th for Oakland. Derek Norris had three hits. Hollands shortest outing of the season ended with no outs in the fourth after consecutive singles from Norris and Kurt Suzuki. The left-hander has been stuck on nine wins since Aug. 4 and is 0-3 with an 8.78 ERA in three starts in September. Holland gave up eight hits and six runs in three innings in his second loss to the As in 10 days. The Rangers dropped to 2-9 in September and fell a game behind Tampa Bay for the AL wild-card lead. Straily walked his first two batters with a 3-0 lead, and Kinsler and Andrus both scored to get Texas within 3-2. But the 24-year-old right-hander bounced back with five strong innings before losing his control again in the sixth. "Really what it came down to, we were in a fight and I wasnt bringing it," Straily said. "I was just missing. Instead of being super-aggressive, I was trying to hit spots." Beltre had both hits off Straily, driving in Kinsler with a single in the first before Pierzynski brought home Andrus on a sacrifice fly. Beltre had an infield hit in the sixth, and Straily didnt make it out of the inning after hitting Pierzynski with a pitch and walking Jim Adduci. NOTES: Every starter in the Oakland lineup had at least one hit and the As finished with 14 hits, just two nights after getting a season-high 22 in an 18-3 win over Minnesota. Marcos Alonso Jersey . PETERSBURG, Florida Heading into Thursday nights action, Dioner Navarro had caught 14 innings combined from starters Drew Hutchison and Mark Buehrle. Gary Cahill Jersey . Auld made 37 saves in a 5-3 loss to the Boston Bruins on Saturday. It was Ottawas first game without starter Anderson, who is out indefinitely after cutting his hand Wednesday night, and it was evident the team wasnt sure how to deal with the change in goal. http://www.chelseasoccerjerseysonline.com/womens-kurt-zouma-chelsea-jersey/. -- Chris Tillman paid no attention to the Baltimore bullpen as it started to stir in the ninth inning. Pedro Jersey .Y. -- It was as if Matt Moulson never left the New York Islanders. Charly Musonda Jersey . TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie tweeted that its believed the Flames are working towards a new contract with the defenceman. MIAMI -- LeBron James dispensed with his menacing black mask at the NBAs request and switched to a clear protective cover for the Miami Heats game Saturday night against the Orlando Magic. The black mask made its debut Thursday night in James first game since he broke his nose. He said he received word from league officials Friday that they wanted him to instead wear something that would allow opponents to see his face. "Its not a league rule, but its the leagues request that you dont wear the black one," James said before Saturdays game. "The reasons they told me didnt make sense to me, but Im just a player. I will abide by the request." James scored 20 points to help the Heat earn their seventh consecutive victory, 112-98. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver spoke Friday with Nick Arison, son of the team owner, about the matter. James said he didnt want to make a big issue of it. "Im good with the NBA," James said with a smile.dddddddddddd "I am not against the NBA. I had a request, and I fulfilled it." Teammate Dwyane Wade said he warned James the league would give the black mask a thumbs-down. "I told him after Thursdays game, You have fun, because it aint happening the next game," Wade said. "It was fun. A lot of attention, a lot of T-shirts are going to be made, a lot of Instagram posts. Now we move on to something else." James agreed that the black mask was a marketing success, with feedback he received universally positive. He said he may give the mask to charity so it can be auctioned off. "Everyone loved it," James said. "I got stuff, from You look very menacing, to You look like a superhero, to You look amazing. A little bit of everything. 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