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Offensive woes
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Rangers 6, Athletics 1
Dallas Braden struck out two and issued three free passes Thursday. (Dino Vornaus/AP)
Dallas Braden allowed five earned runs over four-plus innings and Cliff Pennington knocked home Oakland's only run as the A's offense was unable to capitalize in the opener of a four-game set against the second-place Rangers -- pushing Oakland's hopes of obtaining second place in the AL West further away.
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Series at a glance:
TEX
Texas (72-75)
Won 1
Texas 6, Oakland 1   OAK
Oakland (67-79)
Lost 1
September 11, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
0 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0   6 14 0
Oakland
0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0   1 4 2
Standings thru 9/11/08  |  Recap: TEX | OAK  |  Gameday  |  Rangers stats  |  Athletics stats
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Arias, 2B 5 0 2 2 0 0 3 .250
Young, M, SS 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 .280
Hamilton, CF 4 0 3 0 0 1 2 .306
  a-Boggs, PH-LF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .230
Byrd, LF-CF 5 0 1 0 0 1 4 .293
Cruz, N, RF 5 1 1 0 0 1 5 .316
Blalock, 1B 5 2 2 1 0 0 3 .264
Laird, C 4 2 1 0 1 0 0 .288
Davis, C, 3B 5 0 1 2 0 2 2 .271
Teagarden, DH 2 1 1 0 2 1 0 .385
Totals 41 6 14 5 3 6 20  

a-Singled for Hamilton in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Hamilton (32, Braden), Cruz, N (3, Braden), Davis, C (19, Braden), Teagarden (3, Saarloos).
HR: Blalock (6, 5th inning off Braden, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Davis, C 2; Hamilton 4; Arias 2; Blalock 5; Boggs; Cruz, N 2; Teagarden 2; Young, M; Laird; Byrd.
RBI: Arias 2 (5), Davis, C 2 (45), Blalock (21).
2-out RBI: Arias 2; Davis, C 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Byrd; Hamilton; Arias 2; Blalock 2; Cruz, N.
Team RISP: 2-for-13.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
PO: Arias (1st base by Braden).

 
Oakland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Davis, R, CF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .253
Cunningham, A, LF 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .273
Sweeney, R, RF 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 .285
Cust, DH 4 1 1 0 0 3 2 .228
Suzuki, K, C 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .287
Barton, 1B 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .215
Pennington, SS 3 0 1 1 0 1 2 .250
Baisley, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 2 3 .000
Patterson, E, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .195
Totals 30 1 4 1 4 10 12  

BATTING
2B: Davis, R (5, Nippert), Cust (16, Nippert).
TB: Suzuki, K; Cust 2; Davis, R 2; Pennington.
RBI: Pennington (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Baisley 2; Cust; Patterson, E.
SF: Pennington.
Team RISP: 1-for-7.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Pennington (2, 2nd base off Nippert/Laird).

FIELDING
E: Davis, R (1, fielding), Patterson, E (8, fielding).
Pickoffs: Braden (Arias at 1st base).

 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nippert (W, 3-4) 5.0 4 1 1 4 7 0 6.20
Wright, J 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.83
White 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 10.80
Francisco, F 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.38
 
Oakland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Braden (L, 5-4) 4.0 9 6 5 3 2 1 4.14
Saarloos 3.0 3 0 0 0 2 0 4.30
Foulke 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 3.30
Gray, J 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.50

Nippert pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.
Braden pitched to 1 batter in the 5th.

WP: Nippert.
Pitches-strikes: Nippert 104-56, Wright, J 29-21, White 7-5, Francisco, F 10-7, Braden 96-59, Saarloos 45-29, Foulke 21-15, Gray, J 8-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Nippert 4-1, Wright, J 2-3, White 1-0, Francisco, F 0-1, Braden 3-5, Saarloos 5-2, Foulke 0-2, Gray, J 1-1.
Batters faced: Nippert 23, Wright, J 6, White 3, Francisco, F 3, Braden 24, Saarloos 12, Foulke 5, Gray, J 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Wright, J 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Mike Everitt. 1B: Mike DiMuro. 2B: Tim McClelland. 3B: Angel Campos.
Weather: 60 degrees, clear.
Wind: 14 mph, L to R.
T: 2:46.
Att: 10,566.
Venue: McAfee Coliseum.
September 11, 2008
September 11, 2008

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