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Cruz's clout lost
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Athletics 7, Rangers 4
Vicente Padilla struck out four and issued three free passes Sunday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Nelson Cruz drove in the Rangers' only runs for the second consecutive afternoon, but his four-RBI effort was not enough as the A's rallied late to douse the Rangers in the finale. Gerald Laird added some fire by becoming the second Rangers designated hitter ejected in the series after arguing in the fourth inning.
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Series at a glance:
TEX
Texas (73-77)
Lost 2
Oakland 7, Texas 4   OAK
Oakland (69-80)
Won 2
September 14, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0   4 8 1
Oakland
1 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 X   7 8 0
Standings thru 9/14/08  |  Recap: TEX | OAK  |  Gameday  |  Rangers stats  |  Athletics stats
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Arias, 2B 5 1 1 0 0 0 3 .247
Young, M, SS 3 2 1 0 2 0 0 .279
Hamilton, CF 5 0 0 0 0 4 4 .304
Byrd, LF 3 1 2 0 2 0 1 .298
Cruz, N, RF 5 0 3 4 0 0 3 .328
Blalock, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 .261
Laird, DH 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .286
  a-Boggs, PH-DH 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 .232
Davis, C, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 4 1 .271
Teagarden, C 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .344
Totals 35 4 8 4 5 12 17  

a-Struck out for Laird in the 6th.

BATTING
2B: Cruz, N 2 (6, Eveland, Eveland), Byrd (25, Ziegler).
TB: Arias; Boggs; Cruz, N 5; Young, M; Byrd 3.
RBI: Cruz, N 4 (17).
2-out RBI: Cruz, N 4.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cruz, N 2; Blalock 3.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 10.

BASERUNNING
SB: Young, M (10, 2nd base off Street/Suzuki, K).

FIELDING
E: Young, M (11, throw).
DP: (Young, M-Arias-Blalock).

 
Oakland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Davis, R, CF 4 1 0 0 0 1 5 .243
Pennington, 2B 3 2 2 1 2 0 0 .263
Sweeney, R, RF 3 1 3 2 1 0 0 .294
Cust, DH 4 0 1 1 1 2 7 .230
Suzuki, K, C 4 0 0 0 1 1 6 .287
Cunningham, A, LF 5 1 2 3 0 0 5 .304
Crosby, SS 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 .243
Barton, 1B 2 0 0 0 2 1 1 .213
Hannahan, 3B 1 2 0 0 3 0 0 .217
Totals 31 7 8 7 10 5 28  

BATTING
HR: Cunningham, A (1, 8th inning off Madrigal, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Sweeney, R 3; Cunningham, A 5; Cust; Pennington 2.
RBI: Cust (69), Pennington (5), Sweeney, R 2 (44), Cunningham, A 3 (10).
2-out RBI: Pennington; Cunningham, A 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cunningham, A; Cust 2; Barton; Crosby; Davis, R 2.
GIDP: Cust.
Team RISP: 4-for-16.
Team LOB: 12.

 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Padilla 5.0 5 2 2 3 4 0 4.75
White 0.0 0 2 2 2 0 0 21.60
Loe (BS, 1) 2.0 2 0 0 3 0 0 3.25
Madrigal (L, 0-2) 1.0 1 3 3 2 1 1 5.23
 
Oakland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Eveland 5.0 4 3 3 4 6 0 4.27
Embree 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 4.63
Street (BS, 7) 0.2 2 1 1 0 1 0 3.95
Blevins 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.06
Devine (W, 6-1) 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0.66
Ziegler (S, 9) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.50

White pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.

HBP: Teagarden (by Eveland), Davis, R (by Padilla), Sweeney, R (by Padilla).
Pitches-strikes: Padilla 109-71, White 11-3, Loe 39-20, Madrigal 27-15, Eveland 94-53, Embree 19-12, Street 20-13, Blevins 1-1, Devine 15-9, Ziegler 18-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Padilla 5-3, White 0-0, Loe 4-1, Madrigal 0-0, Eveland 4-5, Embree 0-1, Street 1-0, Blevins 0-1, Devine 0-1, Ziegler 1-1.
Batters faced: Padilla 25, White 2, Loe 10, Madrigal 6, Eveland 24, Embree 4, Street 4, Blevins 1, Devine 4, Ziegler 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Loe 2-2, Blevins 1-0.
Ejections: Texas Rangers designated hitter Gerald Laird ejected by HP umpire Angel Campos (4th)
Umpires: HP: Angel Campos. 1B: Mike Everitt. 2B: Mike DiMuro. 3B: Tim McClelland.
Weather: 63 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 8 mph, L to R.
T: 3:25.
Att: 18,551.
Venue: McAfee Coliseum.
September 14, 2008
September 14, 2008

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