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Tejeda, Texas ride Cruz control
Rangers coast in opener
Nelson Cruz hit a pair of homers -- one inside the park and one a three-run shot over the right-center field wall -- to highlight his 3-for-4, five-RBI day. Veteran Eric Young chipped in with a double and a triple to back Robinson Tejeda, who allowed 10 hits, but just one unearned run in 6 2/3 frames.
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 Cruz's inside-the-park home run
 Cruz's second homer
 Kinsler's HR
 Young's two-run double
Rangers 8, Athletics 1
Nelson Cruz (right) is congratulated after his three-run homer in the sixth inning. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Series at a glance:
Zito labors in loss
After flirting with a no-hitter vs. Texas two weeks ago, Barry Zito wasn't as sharp this time around, walking six batters to go along with six hits in his 5 1/3 innings. The A's left 12 runners on against Robinson Tejeda and the Rangers, with Frank Thomas' single in the seventh plating Oakland's lone run.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: September 04, 2006
TEX
Texas (71-68)
Won 2
Texas 8, Oakland 1   OAK
Oakland (79-58)
Lost 1
September 4, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
2 1 0 1 0 3 0 1 0   8 9 1
Oakland
0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0   1 11 0
Standings thru 9/4/06  |  Gameday  |  Rangers Stats  |  Athletics Stats
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF3100201.302
Young, M, SS4000122.306
Teixeira, 1B4110111.277
Lee, DH4000104.294
DeRosa, 3B4010101.315
Young, E, LF5122011.211
Laird, C4110013.330
Kinsler, 2B3211101.294
Cruz, RF4235010.212
  Hairston, RF0000000.204
Totals358987614 

BATTING
2B: Young, E (6, Zito), Laird (18, Zito).
3B: Young, E (1, Zito).
HR: Cruz 2 (4, 2nd inning off Zito, 0 on, 1 out; 6th inning off Zito, 2 on, 1 out), Kinsler (11, 8th inning off Witasick, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Teixeira; DeRosa; Young, E 5; Laird 2; Kinsler 4; Cruz 9.
RBI: Young, E 2 (15), Cruz 5 (13), Kinsler (47).
2-out RBI: Young, E 2; Cruz.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Laird 2; Lee.
GIDP: Teixeira.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Laird (5, fielding).
DP: 2 (Kinsler-Young, M-Teixeira 2).

 
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kendall, C5020011.298
Kotsay, CF4020003.272
  Bocachica, CF0000000.000
  a-Melhuse, PH1000000.221
Bradley, RF3020201.267
Thomas, DH5011016.268
Chavez, 3B4000012.241
Payton, LF4010000.297
Johnson, 1B3020101.247
Ellis, 2B4000013.241
Scutaro, SS3110111.242
Totals3611114518 

a-Lined out for Bocachica in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Johnson (13, Tejeda).
TB: Kendall 2; Kotsay 2; Bradley 2; Thomas; Payton; Johnson 3; Scutaro.
RBI: Thomas (85).
2-out RBI: Thomas.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Thomas 3; Ellis; Chavez.
GIDP: Bradley; Kotsay.
Team LOB: 12.

FIELDING
DP: (Ellis-Johnson).

 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tejeda (W, 4-3)6.210102105.82
Benoit 1.11001304.83
Littleton 1.00001102.08
 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Zito (L, 15-9)5.16776223.79
Calero 0.21001103.12
Flores 1.00000102.96
Witasick 2.02110219.69

Pitches-strikes: Tejeda 113-72, Benoit 31-19, Littleton 14-7, Zito 112-58, Calero 20-10, Flores 13-11, Witasick 27-21.
Ground outs-fly outs: Tejeda 8-11, Benoit 0-1, Littleton 1-1, Zito 6-8, Calero 0-1, Flores 1-1, Witasick 1-3.
Batters faced: Tejeda 30, Benoit 6, Littleton 4, Zito 27, Calero 4, Flores 3, Witasick 8.
Inherited runners-scored: Benoit 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Marty Foster. 1B: Tim McClelland. 2B: Fieldin Culbreth. 3B: Bill Welke.
Weather: 65 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 11 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:55.
Att: 23,949.

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