Adrian Beltre did it again.

The Oakland Athletics were seven outs from a victory in a critical four-game series opener against the Texas Rangers. They had gotten an impressive outing by rookie Dan Straily and knocked Rangers starter Derek Holland out after three innings.

But the Rangers rallied behind a game-tying two-run homer by Beltre in the seventh inning, paving the way for Beltre to play hero once again with a walkoff single in the ninth in a 5-4 victory on Monday night at Rangers Ballpark.

The Rangers extended their lead in the American League West over Oakland to five games with nine remaining in the regular season.