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Davis lives up to 'Khrush' alter ego vs. Texas

A's slugger back in groove with two HRs after struggling on road trip
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OAKLAND -- A's slugger Khris Davis was keenly aware of what wearing "Khrush" on his back would mean for Players Weekend.

"I better live up to that name," Davis said.

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OAKLAND -- A's slugger Khris Davis was keenly aware of what wearing "Khrush" on his back would mean for Players Weekend.

"I better live up to that name," Davis said.

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He did just that in his first game following a rough road trip, blasting two homers Friday night to lead the A's to a 3-1 win over the Rangers at the Coliseum.

It's the fourth multi-homer game of the season for Davis, bringing his career total to 15. It also gives him 36 homers on the season, putting him one behind Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge for the most in the American League.

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"Power hitters will go through some funks, but he's always one swing away from doing what he does best," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "Even when he's struggling, he's a guy we feel like we have to have in there, and he shows you why tonight.

"You look the home runs he's hit the last couple of years, he's right up there with some of the best power hitters in the game. And he does it in a ballpark, especially at night, that's difficult to hit home runs in."

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Davis tied the game in the fourth when he lifted a fastball from Rangers starter Nick Martinez for a homer to left-center, just getting enough to get above the scoreboard.

Then in the seventh, Davis led off by lining a curveball to center and banging the ball off of the "Holy Toledo" sign for his second homer of the evening. According to Statcast™, Davis hit his second homer 432 feet, which now gives him 15 homers against the Rangers in 101 career at-bats against them.

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"Davis has seen the ball well against us and seems pretty comfortable in the box," Texas manager Jeff Banister said. "He sees the ball well. We've got to find a way to execute pitches against him."

Davis went 2-for-21 on the six-game road trip through Houston and Baltimore, and had been 0-for-20 going back to Aug. 16, before hitting a homer Tuesday in Baltimore. Davis said the homer against the Orioles might have given him "a little breath" amidst his struggles.

"It's part of our job, to have that short-term memory. All we can control is right now, that's all we got. I'm getting better at that," Davis said. "They come and go in bunches, so as long as I make [the hot] streaks last longer than the other streaks, I'll be all right."

And Davis admitted he enjoyed turning in a stellar night with his "Khrush" nickname on the back of his jersey.

"It's pretty cool," Davis said. "I just like to turn in to that character when I'm on the field."

Alex Simon is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area. Follow him on Twitter at @alexsimon99.

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