ARLINGTON, Texas -- Yoenis Cespedes and John Jaso combined for four hits and five RBIs, leading the Oakland Athletics to a 9-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.
Oakland (65-39) took two of three games from Texas (41-64) in the weekend series between the first- and last-place teams in the American League West.
Cespedes hit a two-run double in Oakland's five-run second inning. Jaso drove in a run in that inning, and he added a two-run double in the fifth that put the game out of reach at 8-2.
Right fielder Josh Reddick, who went 3-for-5, second baseman Eric Sogard and designated hitter Stephen Vogt also had RBIs for the Athletics, who remain two games up on the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West.
Oakland left-hander Scott Kazmir (12-3) latest five innings, and giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks. He struck out two.
Right-hander Miles Mikolas (1-3) got hit hard as the Rangers fell to 4-19 in July. Mikolas gave up eight runs on seven hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings.
A two-run home run in the second by second baseman Adam Rosales and third baseman Adrian Beltre's solo shot in the eighth accounted for Texas' runs.
Jaso, in the leadoff spot with outfielder Coco Crisp missing his second game in three days, has hit safely in 15 consecutive games when topping the batting order. In his past 15 games overall, the Oakland catcher is hitting .380 with five doubles, two triples, a home run and 13 RBIs.
Kazmir scuffled a little, allowing baserunners in four of his five innings. However, he is 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA since taking his last loss, on July 24 against the New York Mets, who hit him for seven runs in three innings.
Texas, which left seven runners on base, put runners on second and third in both the third and fifth innings for first baseman J.P. Arencibia, but he struck out both times.
The A's sent nine hitters to the plate in the second inning and scored five times on three hits, keyed by Cespedes' two-run double.
The rally was set up by consecutive one-out walks and a throwing error by Mikolas, who was trying to get a forceout at second.
Shortstop Jed Lowrie scored from third when Mikolas' throw went into center field. Jaso followed with a run-scoring single before Vogt's RBI double and the double to left by Cespedes, the Athletics' left fielder.
NOTES: Oakland CF Coco Crisp missed his second game in three days because of continued soreness in his neck, manager Bob Melvin said. ... Athletics INF Alberto Callaspo was activated off the disabled list prior to the game. INF Nate Freiman was sent to Triple-A Sacramento. ... Rangers RHP Nick Tepesch said he felt fine Sunday, a day after he left the game in the seventh inning due to a twinge in his left leg. He will continue to be evaluated but is expected to make his next start. ... Athletics C John Jaso was back in the lineup after leaving Saturday's game early with pain in his left knee.