ARLINGTON, Texas - Catcher Derek Norris and right fielder Josh Reddick each had three RBIs for the Oakland Athletics in their 9-3 victory over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.
Norris was 2-for-4 with two doubles, and Reddick 1-for-4 with a two-run single in the Athletics' decisive five-run fifth inning, all in support of left-hander Scott Kazmir (4-0).
Kazmir allowed three runs on seven hits over five innings. He struck out four and walked one.
Oakland turned the tables on Texas left-hander Martin Perez, who suffered his first loss of the season only a week after shutting out the Athletics (17-10).
Perez (4-1) brought in a streak of 26 consecutive scoreless innings, including two straight shutouts, but he didn't have it on Tuesday.
The A's chased Perez early, touching the young Texas lefty for eight runs on eight hits over 4 2/3 innings.
Perez gave up five extra-base hits, walked three -- including one with the bases loaded in the fifth -- and struck out three.
The A's broke open the game in the fifth, highlighted by Reddick's two-run single, and three walks, including two with the bases loaded.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus, first baseman Prince Fielder and right fielder Alex Rios had RBIs for the Rangers (15-12), who broke through with a run in the fourth and two in the fifth.
Rangers designated hitter Shin-Soo Choo, in his first start in six games, reached base safely in all four at-bats with a single, two walks and a hit-by-pitch to lead off the game for Texas.
Texas left seven on base.
A's right-hander Ryan Cook pitched two innings of scoreless relief and left-handers Fernando Ahbad and Sean Doolittle closed the door with an inning each and combined for three strikeouts among the seven hitters they faced.
Oakland used a double from Coco Crisp to lead off the game, a walk to Yoenis Cespedes and another double by Norris to score twice in the first and end Perez's streak of consecutive scoreless innings.
The Athletics added single runs in both the second and third and opened up the game with a five-run fifth.
Oakland scored twice on bases-loaded walks issued by Perez and right-handed reliever Jason Frasor, and Reddick brought two more in with a single to right.
Frasor's wild pitch plated Brandon Moss for Oakland's ninth run.
Rios' double in the fourth scored Adrian Beltre from first to account for the Rangers' lone early run.
NOTES: Tuesday marked Rangers manager Ron Washington's 62nd birthday. Entering play Tuesday, Washington was 0-5 as a manager playing on his birthday. ... Oakland leads this series between AL West archrivals 23-20 since the start of the 2012 season. ... The Athletics have clinched their 11th consecutive winning month, dating to June 2012. ... Down 9-1 in the fifth, Washington challenged umpire Laz Diaz's call that Elvis Andrus' line drive down the first-base line was foul. The call stood after a review that delayed the game 1 minute, 38 seconds.