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Hank banks Rangers' victory
A's rally, but fall short
The A's rallied off Rangers closer Francisco Cordero in the ninth, but Chad Gaudin couldn't get them to extra innings in the loss. Barry Zito came in with a 9-1 career mark at Ameriquest Field, but win No. 10 was not to be had as the Oakland lefty was touched for three homers.
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Rangers 6, Athletics 5
Hank Blalock swings through his game-winning single in the ninth. (Linda Kaye/AP)
Series at a glance:
Rangers show mettle in win
Hank Blalock plated Mark Teixeira in the ninth after the Rangers had a two-run lead erased earlier in the frame, as Texas topped Oakland. Blalock and Kevin Mench started Texas' power display with back-to-back jacks in the third, and Phil Nevin joined the party with a deep drive in the fifth.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: April 25, 2006
OAK
Oakland (9-12)
Lost 1
Texas 6, Oakland 5   TEX
Texas (11-10)
Won 1
April 25, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 2   5 9 0
Texas
1 0 3 0 1 0 0 0 1   6 11 2
Standings thru 4/25/06  |  Gameday  |  Athletics Stats  |  Rangers Stats
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kotsay, CF5131002.284
Swisher, 1B-LF2110201.338
Chavez, 3B5000007.286
Thomas, DH4001103.162
Bradley, RF0000200.246
Johnson, 1B3121001.118
Crosby, SS5000035.204
Ellis, 2B4110003.188
Kendall, C4011004.226
Payton, LF-RF4110012.176
Totals365945428 

BATTING
2B: Payton (2, Padilla), Kotsay (3, Padilla), Johnson (1, Cordero).
TB: Kotsay 4; Swisher; Johnson 3; Ellis; Kendall; Payton 2.
RBI: Kotsay (6), Kendall (5), Thomas (10), Johnson (2).
2-out RBI: Kendall; Johnson.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kendall 2; Kotsay; Johnson; Crosby.
GIDP: Chavez 2.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
DP: (Ellis-Crosby-Johnson).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF3000210.235
Young, SS4120101.371
Teixeira, 1B5110033.277
Nevin, DH4231111.295
Blalock, 3B4133100.350
Mench, RF3112001.333
Wilkerson, LF3000123.195
Barajas, C4010000.167
Jimenez, 2B4000013.200
Totals3461166812 

BATTING
2B: Nevin (5, Zito), Teixeira (7, Gaudin).
HR: Blalock (5, 3rd inning off Zito, 1 on, 2 out), Mench (5, 3rd inning off Zito, 0 on, 2 out), Nevin (7, 5th inning off Zito, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Young 2; Teixeira 2; Nevin 7; Blalock 6; Mench 4; Barajas.
RBI: Mench 2 (16), Blalock 3 (16), Nevin (20).
2-out RBI: Mench 2; Blalock 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Wilkerson 2.
GIDP: Jimenez.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
CS: Matthews (1, 2nd base by Zito/Kendall), Young (1, 2nd base by Zito/Kendall).

FIELDING
E: Jimenez (2, fielding), Young (3, fielding).
DP: 2 (Jimenez-Young-Teixeira, Young-Jimenez-Teixeira).

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zito 6.06554535.93
Halsey 0.21000101.86
Saarloos 1.12001105.84
Gaudin (L, 0-1)0.221111013.50
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Padilla 5.26324303.64
Benoit (H, 3)0.10000004.22
Alfonseca (H, 6)1.01000001.69
Otsuka (H, 7)1.00000102.70
Cordero (BS, 4)(W, 3-2)1.022210012.00

WP: Cordero.
HBP: Mench (by Zito), Swisher (by Padilla).
Pitches-strikes: Zito 112-66, Halsey 12-6, Saarloos 24-14, Gaudin 20-13, Padilla 101-59, Benoit 6-5, Alfonseca 16-10, Otsuka 9-8, Cordero 32-17.
Ground outs-fly outs: Zito 5-6, Halsey 1-0, Saarloos 2-1, Gaudin 1-0, Padilla 9-5, Benoit 1-0, Alfonseca 2-1, Otsuka 2-0, Cordero 3-0.
Batters faced: Zito 27, Halsey 3, Saarloos 6, Gaudin 5, Padilla 27, Benoit 1, Alfonseca 4, Otsuka 4, Cordero 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Saarloos 1-0, Benoit 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Rick Reed. 1B: Tim Tschida. 2B: Ted Barrett. 3B: Laz Diaz.
Weather: 62 degrees, overcast.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:00.
Att: 25,575.

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