Hicks' homer lifts A's to ninth walk-off win of season 

click to enlarge Smashed : A’s shortstop Brandon Hicks tosses his helmet after hitting a walk-off home run to beat the Rangers on Wednesday. It was the A’s ninth walk-off win this year. - THEARON W. HENDERSON/GETTY IMAGES
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  • Smashed : A’s shortstop Brandon Hicks tosses his helmet after hitting a walk-off home run to beat the Rangers on Wednesday. It was the A’s ninth walk-off win this year.

The A’s surprising season continued Wednesday with another improbable win.

Brandon Hicks led off the bottom of the ninth with his first major-league home run, giving the A’s a riveting 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers. It was Oakland’s ninth walk-off victory of the year.

"It’s exciting to get a big hit in that situation," Hicks said. "Anytime you can win a game it’s exciting for the team and for yourself. For [my first home run] to come like that it’s an awesome feeling."

Josh Reddick hit a two-run double in the bottom of the seventh, and All-Star closer Ryan Cook (3-2) pitched a scoreless ninth to earn the win.

Brandon Inge had two hits, including his eighth home run.

"It’s not just one big superstar or couple of big superstars," Inge said. "This team is full of guys that grind it out every single day, work hard, play hard, practice hard and it pays off. It’s good to see that everyone’s contributing."

Trailing by two runs, the A’s rallied to tie the game at 3-3 in the seventh. Inge doubled for his second hit of the game, and pinch-hitter Chris Carter walked. Coco Crisp failed to execute a sacrifice bunt, and Jemile Weeks flied to center. However, Reddick came through with a two-out, two-strike double off the 15-foot wall in right-center, scoring Inge and pinch-runner Hicks.

"It ended up being a big hit for us and tied up the game to get to that opportunity," Reddick said.

Travis Blackley, in his eighth start for the A’s, pitched 5¹⁄³ innings, allowing six hits and three runs.

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