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Over .500 again
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Rangers 8, Athletics 4
Michael Young slides in with a triple in the first inning. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
The Rangers finished off a renaissance month -- 19 wins in May -- by riding the pitching of Sidney Ponson and the offensive work of the top of their lineup to move a game over .500, the second time they've had a winning record this season. Josh Hamilton led the way with his 14th home run of the season.
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Series at a glance:
OAK
Oakland (29-27)
Lost 4
Texas 8, Oakland 4   TEX
Texas (29-28)
Won 2
May 31, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0   4 11 0
Texas
1 2 0 0 3 0 0 2 X   8 14 0
Standings thru 5/31/08  |  Recap: OAK | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Athletics stats  |  Rangers stats
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Hannahan, 1B4012010.233
Crosby, SS4000023.259
Cust, DH4000010.248
Chavez, 3B4130000.333
Brown, E, LF4110002.255
Ellis, 2B4120001.240
Buck, RF4022002.164
Gonzalez, C, CF4000003.286
Suzuki, C4120000.251
Totals3641140411 

BATTING
2B: Chavez (1, Ponson), Hannahan (8, Ponson).
TB: Hannahan 2; Chavez 4; Brown, E; Ellis 2; Buck 2; Suzuki 2.
RBI: Buck 2 (8), Hannahan 2 (18).
2-out RBI: Hannahan.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Crosby 2; Ellis; Buck.
SF: Hannahan.
GIDP: Gonzalez, C.
Team LOB: 6.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Buck (Catalanotto at 2nd base).
Pickoffs: Ziegler (Kinsler at 1st base).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kinsler, 2B5132001.300
Young, SS4231002.290
Hamilton, CF4113001.326
Bradley, DH4000001.320
Murphy, RF4000001.283
Laird, C4220000.270
Catalanotto, 1B4231000.299
Boggs, LF3011101.276
Vazquez, 3B4010004.330
Totals3681481011 

BATTING
2B: Kinsler (14, Blanton), Vazquez (10, Blanton), Laird (6, Gaudin), Catalanotto (12, Gaudin).
3B: Young (1, Blanton).
HR: Hamilton (14, 5th inning off Blanton, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Kinsler 4; Young 5; Hamilton 4; Laird 3; Catalanotto 4; Boggs; Vazquez 2.
RBI: Hamilton 3 (61), Boggs (17), Kinsler 2 (34), Young (25), Catalanotto (8).
2-out RBI: Kinsler 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Young; Kinsler.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
PO: Kinsler (1st base by Ziegler).

FIELDING
DP: (Kinsler-Young-Catalanotto).

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blanton (L, 3-7)6.010661014.27
Gaudin 1.23220003.74
Ziegler 0.11000000.00
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ponson (W, 4-1)7.09440403.83
Guardado (H, 5)0.11000002.93
Benoit (H, 10)0.21000004.39
Wright 1.00000002.97

Pitches-strikes: Blanton 95-60, Gaudin 28-20, Ziegler 5-3, Ponson 101-70, Guardado 7-6, Benoit 7-6, Wright 11-8.
Ground outs-fly outs: Blanton 6-11, Gaudin 3-2, Ziegler 0-0, Ponson 11-6, Guardado 0-1, Benoit 0-2, Wright 2-1.
Batters faced: Blanton 28, Gaudin 8, Ziegler 1, Ponson 29, Guardado 2, Benoit 3, Wright 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Ziegler 1-1, Benoit 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Kellogg. 1B: Mark Wegner. 2B: Chad Fairchild. 3B: Paul Emmel.
Weather: 90 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 15 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:21.
Att: 36,798.

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