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A's duo downs Rangers
Blanton goes six for win
Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth and Joe Blanton pitched six innings, allowing two runs on eight hits, as the A's took the series opener against Texas on Monday.
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Athletics 3, Rangers 2
Nick Swisher is congratulated by Frank Thomas after his two-run shot in the sixth inning. (Matt Slocum/AP)
Series at a glance:
Bullpen falters in opener
Kevin Mench went 3-for-4, hitting his fourth home run of the season, and Kevin Millwood pitched five shutout innings, but the bullpen stumbled as the Rangers fell to the A's on Monday night.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: April 24, 2006
OAK
Oakland (9-11)
Won 1
Oakland 3, Texas 2   TEX
Texas (10-10)
Lost 1
April 24, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0   3 9 1
Texas
0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   2 11 1
Standings thru 4/24/06  |  Gameday  |  Athletics Stats  |  Rangers Stats
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kotsay, CF3110211.261
Swisher, LF5122014.333
Chavez, 3B2111301.308
Thomas, DH4010111.172
Bradley, RF5000036.246
Ellis, 2B5020010.185
Kendall, C4010003.224
Johnson, 1B4000002.083
Perez, SS2000110.000
Scutaro, SS1010000.250
Totals353937818 

BATTING
HR: Swisher (9, 6th inning off Wilson, 1 on, 2 out), Chavez (8, 6th inning off Wilson, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Kotsay; Swisher 5; Chavez 4; Thomas; Ellis 2; Kendall; Scutaro.
RBI: Swisher 2 (20), Chavez (17).
2-out RBI: Swisher 2; Chavez.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Bradley 3; Swisher 2; Kendall.
GIDP: Kotsay.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
E: Scutaro (1, throw).
DP: (Perez-Ellis-Johnson).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF5020010.250
Young, SS5020002.365
Teixeira, 1B5000004.282
Nevin, DH3110112.270
Blalock, 3B4000013.329
Mench, RF4132000.333
Wilkerson, LF4020011.203
Barajas, C4000004.161
Jimenez, 2B4010021.222
Totals3821121617 

BATTING
2B: Nevin (4, Blanton), Matthews (5, Kennedy).
HR: Mench (4, 2nd inning off Blanton, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Matthews 3; Young 2; Nevin 2; Mench 6; Wilkerson 2; Jimenez.
RBI: Mench 2 (14).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blalock; Young; Nevin.
GIDP: Barajas.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
E: Matthews (1, fielding).
DP: (Jimenez-Young-Teixeira).

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blanton (W, 2-2)6.08221215.92
Kennedy (H, 5)0.22000000.00
Calero (H, 3)1.11000300.00
Duchscherer (S, 1)1.00000102.61
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Millwood 5.04006404.20
Wilson (BS, 1)(L, 1-1)1.02331128.31
Alfonseca 1.01000001.86
Mahay 1.02000000.00
Otsuka 1.00000303.00

Pitches-strikes: Blanton 108-64, Kennedy 22-12, Calero 20-13, Duchscherer 17-11, Millwood 96-51, Wilson 24-14, Alfonseca 15-9, Mahay 23-13, Otsuka 19-11.
Ground outs-fly outs: Blanton 7-9, Kennedy 1-1, Calero 0-1, Duchscherer 0-2, Millwood 4-7, Wilson 1-1, Alfonseca 2-1, Mahay 2-1, Otsuka 0-0.
Batters faced: Blanton 26, Kennedy 4, Calero 5, Duchscherer 4, Millwood 25, Wilson 6, Alfonseca 4, Mahay 4, Otsuka 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Calero 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Laz Diaz. 1B: Rick Reed. 2B: Tim Tschida. 3B: Ted Barrett.
Weather: 81 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 25 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:01.
Att: 23,766.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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