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Bullpen blues
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Rangers 6, Athletics 4
Jeff Baisley tags out Joaquin Arias trying for a triple in the fourth.  (LM Otero/AP)
Reliever Alan Embree, asked to protect a one-run lead in the seventh, allowed three runs to suffer the loss one night after earning the win. Jack Cust hit a solo shot in the second inning, and Travis Buck hit a two-run homer in the third.
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Series at a glance:
OAK
Oakland (75-82)
Lost 1
Texas 6, Oakland 4   TEX
Texas (76-82)
Won 1
September 23, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0   4 6 1
Texas
0 1 2 0 0 0 3 0 X   6 13 0
Standings thru 9/23/08  |  Recap: OAK | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Athletics stats  |  Rangers stats
Oakland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Buck, LF 3 1 2 2 1 1 0 .193
Pennington, 2B 4 0 0 1 0 0 4 .250
Sweeney, R, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .290
Cust, DH 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 .231
Crosby, SS 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .242
Gonzalez, C, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .243
Barton, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .215
Baisley, 3B 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .310
Bowen, C 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 .172
  a-Cunningham, A, PH 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .268
Totals 32 4 6 4 3 6 13  

a-Struck out for Bowen in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Baisley (1, Nippert).
HR: Cust (31, 2nd inning off Nippert, 0 on, 0 out), Buck (5, 3rd inning off Nippert, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Barton; Buck 5; Baisley 3; Cust 4.
RBI: Cust (74), Buck 2 (19), Pennington (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sweeney, R 2.
SAC: Bowen.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 5.

FIELDING
E: Bowen (2, fielding).
PB: Bowen (3).
Outfield assists: Gonzalez, C (Bradley at 2nd base), Buck (Arias at 3rd base).
DP: (Crosby-Pennington-Barton).

 
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Arias, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .270
  Duran, G, 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .224
Young, M, SS 4 1 2 0 0 1 0 .280
Hamilton, CF 4 1 1 0 0 2 1 .303
Bradley, DH 3 1 3 1 0 0 0 .323
Byrd, LF 4 1 2 2 0 0 3 .297
Blalock, 1B 3 2 2 2 1 0 0 .286
Cruz, N, RF 4 0 2 0 0 2 2 .316
Laird, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 3 .278
Metcalf, 3B 3 0 0 1 0 0 4 .216
Totals 33 6 13 6 2 6 15  

BATTING
2B: Blalock (17, Outman), Arias (6, Outman), Cruz, N (7, Outman).
HR: Blalock (10, 7th inning off Embree, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Hamilton; Bradley 3; Arias 2; Blalock 6; Cruz, N 3; Young, M 2; Byrd 2.
RBI: Metcalf (12), Bradley (76), Byrd 2 (51), Blalock 2 (32).
2-out RBI: Byrd; Blalock 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Byrd; Metcalf 2; Arias.
SF: Metcalf.
GIDP: Byrd.
Team RISP: 5-for-12.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Bradley (5, 2nd base off Embree/Bowen), Byrd (7, 2nd base off Embree/Bowen).

 
Oakland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Outman 6.0 10 3 3 2 4 0 4.58
Embree (BS, 5)(L, 2-5) 1.0 3 3 3 0 2 1 4.96
Gonzalez, Gi 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.42
 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Nippert 6.1 6 4 4 3 4 2 6.40
Wright, J (W, 8-7) 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 5.18
Madrigal (H, 3) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 4.79
Francisco, F (S, 5) 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3.18

HBP: Bradley (by Outman).
Pitches-strikes: Outman 90-53, Embree 23-15, Gonzalez, Gi 12-6, Nippert 101-63, Wright, J 8-5, Madrigal 11-8, Francisco, F 9-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Outman 4-4, Embree 1-0, Gonzalez, Gi 1-1, Nippert 5-6, Wright, J 2-0, Madrigal 1-1, Francisco, F 0-1.
Batters faced: Outman 28, Embree 6, Gonzalez, Gi 3, Nippert 28, Wright, J 2, Madrigal 3, Francisco, F 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Wright, J 3-1.
Umpires: HP: Ron Kulpa. 1B: Dale Scott. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Casey Moser.
Weather: 84 degrees, clear.
Wind: 14 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:34.
Att: 18,408.
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
September 23, 2008
September 23, 2008

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