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Pair of Davis homers pace Athletics past Rangers

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Khris Davis, right, celebrates with Stephen Vogt after hitting a two-run home run in the top of the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game against the Texas Rangers. (LM Otero/AP)

ARLINGTON, Texas — Khris Davis homered twice, Coco Crisp also went deep and the Oakland Athletics beat the AL West-leading Texas Rangers 6-4 on Wednesday night.

The A’s have won four consecutive series for the first time since May 2014.

Crisp’s two-run homer in the eighth, on a 99 mph fastball from Matt Bush, put the A’s up 4-3. Davis added another two-run shot, his 25th homer of the season, later in the inning to chase the hard-throwing reliever.

Oakland is 9-4 since the All-Star break. The A’s took two of three games in Texas, where they have gone 6-0-1 in their last seven series.

Ryan Dull threw 1 1-3 perfect innings in relief of Sean Manaea, who struck out nine without a walk in 6 2-3 innings. Ryan Madson worked the ninth for his 22nd save in 28 chances, two nights after giving up Adrian Beltre’s game-ending homer in the series opener.

Rangers starter Yu Darvish, winless in his last nine starts against Oakland, stuck out six without a walk and departed with a 3-2 lead after six innings.

Davis had his 10th career multihomer game, and fourth this season — he hit three homers at home against the Rangers on May 17.

Crisp started the game with a triple into the right-field corner and scored on Jed Lowrie’s sacrifice fly. Davis’ two-out homer in the first put Oakland up 2-0 before Darvish retired 16 of the last 18 batters he faced.

Ian Desmond hit his 20th homer for the Rangers, a two-run shot in the fifth that put them ahead 3-2. That came two innings after the All-Star center fielder had a two-out double and scored on Beltre’s single.

After playing 13 consecutive days since the All-Star break, the A’s are off Thursday before opening a three-game series in Cleveland on Friday night.

Rich Hill, who hasn’t started since July 17 because of a persistent blister on his finger, will throw Friday without covering the blister. Manager Bob Melvin is “semi-optimistic” that Hill can pitch Sunday. If not, Sonny Gray will start the series finale at Cleveland.

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