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Hank's huge hit a winner
A's drop seventh straight
The A's could not muster enough offense to break out of their recent funk, losing their second straight game to the Rangers and seventh overall. Joe Blanton went five innings and gave up two earned runs, while Eric Chavez hit his 12th homer of the season.
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Rangers 5, Athletics 3
Mark DeRosa slides into Bobby Kielty for a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. (Linda Kaye/AP)
Series at a glance:
Blalock comes through
The Rangers continued to pad their lead atop the AL West standings by defeating the A's on Friday. Hank Blalock hit the go-ahead, game-winning single in the eighth. John Koronka surrendered two earned runs on five hits over seven innings.
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 Blalock's game-winning single
 Matthews Jr. solo homer
TODAY'S WRAPS: May 26, 2006
OAK
Oakland (22-26)
Lost 7
Texas 5, Oakland 3   TEX
Texas (25-23)
Won 2
May 26, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0   3 6 1
Texas
0 0 0 1 1 1 0 2 X   5 8 0
Standings thru 5/26/06  |  Gameday  |  Athletics Stats  |  Rangers Stats
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kendall, C3100101.279
Swisher, 1B3120100.305
Kotsay, CF4010003.281
Chavez, 3B2112101.279
Thomas, DH3011101.209
Crosby, SS4000015.217
Kielty, RF4000011.241
Payton, LF4000001.253
Ellis, 2B4010000.240
Totals313634213 

BATTING
2B: Thomas (3, Koronka).
HR: Chavez (12, 2nd inning off Koronka, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Swisher 2; Kotsay; Chavez 4; Thomas 2; Ellis.
RBI: Chavez 2 (35), Thomas (24).
2-out RBI: Thomas.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Payton; Crosby 2.
SF: Chavez.
GIDP: Chavez.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
E: Kotsay (2, fielding).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF3221200.309
Young, M, SS4100105.322
Teixeira, 1B4020102.286
Blalock, 3B4022101.324
Nevin, DH5000026.219
Wilkerson, LF2100212.265
DeRosa, RF3111112.337
Barajas, C4010032.246
Kinsler, 2B2001010.481
Totals315858820 

BATTING
2B: Teixeira (14, Blanton), Barajas (7, Blanton), DeRosa (13, Blanton), Blalock (11, Keisler).
HR: Matthews (4, 6th inning off Keisler, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Matthews 5; Teixeira 3; Blalock 3; DeRosa 2; Barajas 2.
RBI: Kinsler (5), DeRosa (15), Matthews (20), Blalock 2 (38).
2-out RBI: DeRosa; Blalock 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Nevin 2; Young, M 2; Teixeira; Barajas; DeRosa.
SF: Kinsler.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
DP: (Kinsler-Young, M-Teixeira).

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blanton 5.05225406.02
Keisler 1.02110013.68
Gaudin (L, 0-2)1.20223404.70
Flores 0.11000005.14
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Koronka 7.05223114.06
Cordero (BS, 7)(W, 4-3)1.01111106.94
Otsuka (S, 7)1.00000002.42

Keisler pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

HBP: Kinsler (by Blanton).
Pitches-strikes: Blanton 107-60, Keisler 14-9, Gaudin 39-23, Flores 9-5, Koronka 101-60, Cordero 23-15, Otsuka 11-6.
Ground outs-fly outs: Blanton 6-5, Keisler 1-2, Gaudin 1-0, Flores 0-1, Koronka 11-9, Cordero 0-2, Otsuka 2-1.
Batters faced: Blanton 26, Keisler 5, Gaudin 8, Flores 2, Koronka 28, Cordero 5, Otsuka 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Gaudin 1-0, Flores 3-2.
Umpires: HP: Tim Welke. 1B: Kerwin Danley. 2B: Gary Cederstrom. 3B: Jim Reynolds.
Weather: 89 degrees, clear.
Wind: 25 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:45.
Att: 27,828.

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