Hank Blalock connects with a solo shot in the fifth inning Thursday. (Dino Vornaus/AP)
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Joaquin Arias and Chris Davis plated a pair of RBIs apiece, Hank Blalock drilled his sixth shot of the season and Dustin Nippert hurled five-plus innings of one-run ball as the Rangers cruised past the A's to open a four-game set -- tossing Oakland's dreams of getting closer to second place in the AL West aside in the process.
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