The A's loaded the bases with no outs in the fifth against Rangers starter Derek Holland, who allowed consecutive singles to Smith and Freiman and walked No. 9 hitter Michael Taylor. Holland then induced a double play that brought home Smith, followed by Jed Lowrie's RBI double.
Donaldson doubled leading off the sixth and Oakland tied the game at 3 on Montz's sacrifice fly. Smith then singled to chase Holland, who appeared on track for a third straight win until running into trouble in the fourth and fifth.
NOTES: The Rangers had three sacrifice flies all season before Nelson's two. ... Moreland became the first Rangers player with a two-homer game this season. It was his fifth career two-homer game, and first since May 17 last year against the A's in Texas. ... Lance Berkman hit his 30th career triple in his 15th big league season. ... A's INF Hiroyuki Nakajima, on the disabled list all season with a strained left hamstring, played for a third consecutive game in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Sacramento. He will have Wednesday off, then play four in a row. ... A's CF Coco Crisp is set to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday after working his way back from a strained left hamstring. Fellow OF Chris Young (strained left quadriceps) will be examined in Oakland, back from his rehab assignment with the River Cats. ... Taylor was optioned to Sacramento after the game to clear roster room for Crisp. ... Oakland pitchers have begun taking batting practice ahead of interleague play at San Francisco on May 29-30. ... On a night when the NBA's Golden State Warriors and NHL's San Jose Sharks both played second-round playoff games on the road, announced attendance was 12,969.