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Blasting to A win
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Athletics 7, Rangers 4
Dana Eveland tossed five innings and struck out six Sunday. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Aaron Cunningham's first Major League homer couldn't have come at a more opportune time, as his three-run, eighth-inning blast lifted the A's to victory -- edging them back to within 3 1/2 games of second place in the AL West. Ryan Sweeney added three singles and a pair of RBIs to the winning mix.
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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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