Canha's walk-off three-run homer rallies A's past Rangers

Left fielder/first baseman drills his fourth homer of the spring

Canha's walk-off three-run homer rallies A's past Rangers

MESA, Ariz. -- Mark Canha hit a three-run, walk-off homer against Rangers reliever Phil Klein in the ninth inning of Friday's game at Hohokam Stadium, sending Oakland to a 7-6 victory.

Max Muncy singled and Stephen Vogt walked ahead of Canha's one-out homer, his fourth long ball of the spring.

A's right-hander Jesse Hahn, in line to make his regular-season debut against the Rangers on April 11, held Texas to just one run in 5 1/3 solid innings.

Hahn surrendered only three hits in his time on the mound, including a third-inning RBI double to Chris Gimenez, who scored Texas' first run of the day. The Rangers catcher doubled again in the seventh off A's reliever R.J. Alvarez to drive in a run to tie the game at 2.

Teammates Shin-Soo Choo and Jake Smolinski teamed up for RBI hits in a two-run eighth inning as the Rangers again rallied to tie the game at 4.

Rangers starter Anthony Ranaudo firmly re-established himself as a presence in the Rangers' fifth-starter competition by holding the Athletics to two runs in six innings. Ranaudo, who had fallen behind because of a minor elbow issue and lack of fastball command, allowed five hits, did not walk a batter and struck out three. He threw 83 pitches. Ranaudo is competing with Nick Martinez and Nick Tepesch for a spot in the rotation.

"This was a good day. It was the first time I got up six times (innings) and I felt good," Ranaudo said. "I was throwing my pitches for strikes and mixing my pitches well. It was a step in the right direction as far as getting ready for the season."

A's outfielder Craig Gentry collected two hits against his former team, notching a double and a triple and scoring both times, and Vogt homered for a second time this week to give the A's a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the seventh.

Up next: A's left-hander Scott Kazmir is scheduled for a road start against the White Sox at Camelback Ranch beginning at 1:05 p.m. PT Saturday. Switch-pitcher Pat Venditte is also expected to pitch out of the bullpen in the game.

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