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Mazara breaks out of slump with two home runs but Rangers fall to A's, 6-5

Jeff Wilson, Fort Worth Star-Telegram on

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- This is a reason why Nomar Mazara is called The Big Chill.

The right fielder entered Tuesday riding an 0 for 15 skid and stranding runners left and right, and that led to three reporters surrounding him at his locker at Oakland Coliseum.

Mazara wasn't oblivious to the lack of hits and abundance of missed RBI chances. While fellow Texas Rangers outfielder Joey Gallo has enjoyed good fortune at the plate, Mazara believed that his slump was due in part to bad luck.

Mazara, who turns only 24 on Friday, continues to exude maturity and an understanding of the game beyond his years. He knows he traditionally is a slow starter and will be just fine this season.

The key for Mazara was how he was feeling at the plate -- really good. The hits, he said, were coming.

He was right.

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"I've been feeling good since Day 1," Mazara said. "I think the only series I felt off was the last one against Houston. You've got to be tough and welcome it. I'm not going to put my head down. I'm going to keep working harder."

Mazara was back in the lineup Wednesday and swatted two solo homers as the Rangers tried to avoid a sweep to the Oakland A's, but Chad Pinder singled in Stephen Piscotty with two outs in the ninth inning for a 6-5 walk-off win. The A's beat Mike Minor and Lance Lynn in the first two games of the series and collected the winning hit off Chris Martin.

Mazara was batting only .203 after his two-hit game Tuesday but looks to be on the right track.

"The game's hard," manager Chris Woodward said. "Nobody's panicking about Mazara."

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