Last night, the Oakland Athletics walked into their personal house of horrors and strolled out in first place. The Texas Rangers don’t scare many but they beat the A’s in their home park pretty much since it was built. The Athletics entered trailing the Arlington boys by a game in the standings and were on the short side of a 2-0 score when Eric Chavez went deep for the first time since we’ve had a Democratic administration. Then the A’s coughed up a 4-3 lead, a 5-4 lead and then a 6-5 lead. It had all the makings of a Texas two-game step when lo and behold the A’s took and held a 7-6 ball game. With the nation’s eyes briefly on Oakland’s baseball team (Dallas Braden on Letterman!), the A’s didn’t blink.