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Blalock starts it
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Rangers 14, Athletics 4
Matt Harrison allowed two runs in six strong innings for the win. (LM Otero/AP)
Hoping to finish second in the AL West, the Rangers took two of three from the A's to take a 1 1/2-game lead over Oakland. Hank Blalock got the offense started with a three-run homer in the fourth, and the Rangers added eight runs in the sixth.
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Series at a glance:
OAK
Oakland (75-83)
Lost 2
Texas 14, Oakland 4   TEX
Texas (77-82)
Won 2
September 24, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0   4 10 1
Texas
0 0 0 3 2 8 1 0 X   14 17 0
Standings thru 9/24/08  |  Recap: OAK | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Athletics stats  |  Rangers stats
Oakland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Buck, T, RF 5 0 2 0 0 1 1 .200
Cunningham, LF 5 0 1 0 0 2 4 .263
Sweeney, CF 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 .288
  Denorfia, CF 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 .278
Cust, DH 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 .231
Crosby, SS 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 .240
  Murphy, Do, SS 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 .184
Baisley, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .303
Barton, 1B 3 2 2 0 1 1 1 .218
Pennington, 2B 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .250
Bowen, C 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .176
Totals 36 4 10 4 2 11 13  

BATTING
2B: Cunningham (7, Harrison), Barton 2 (15, Harrison, Rupe), Buck, T (7, Harrison), Bowen (5, Rupe).
HR: Cust (32, 6th inning off Harrison, 0 on, 1 out), Denorfia (1, 8th inning off Rupe, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Buck, T 3; Cunningham 2; Denorfia 4; Cust 4; Baisley; Barton 4; Pennington; Bowen 2.
RBI: Pennington (8), Cust (75), Bowen (9), Denorfia (7).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Crosby; Cunningham 3.
GIDP: Bowen.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Cunningham (3, fielding).
DP: 2 (Barton-Crosby-Eveland, Pennington-Crosby-Barton).

 
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Duran, G, 2B-LF 5 2 2 1 0 0 0 .230
Young, M, SS 4 2 4 2 1 0 0 .284
  Arias, 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .270
Hamilton, CF 5 1 2 2 0 1 3 .304
  Vazquez, SS 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .292
Bradley, DH 5 1 2 1 0 1 4 .324
Byrd, LF 2 1 0 0 2 0 3 .296
  Boggs, LF-CF 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .228
Blalock, 1B 4 2 2 4 0 0 3 .290
  Davis, C, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .275
Cruz, N, RF 5 1 2 2 0 1 2 .320
Laird, C 4 2 1 0 1 1 3 .278
  Ramirez, M, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222
Metcalf, 3B 5 2 2 2 0 1 3 .232
Totals 39 14 17 14 5 5 21  

BATTING
2B: Young, M 2 (34, Eveland, Casilla), Metcalf (2, Casilla), Hamilton (35, Gray), Bradley (32, Gray).
HR: Blalock (11, 4th inning off Eveland, 2 on, 2 out), Cruz, N (6, 6th inning off Eveland, 1 on, 0 out), Metcalf (6, 7th inning off Meyer, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Duran, G 2; Young, M 6; Hamilton 3; Bradley 3; Blalock 5; Cruz, N 5; Laird; Metcalf 6.
RBI: Blalock 4 (36), Young, M 2 (79), Cruz, N 2 (23), Metcalf 2 (14), Duran, G (16), Hamilton 2 (126), Bradley (77).
2-out RBI: Blalock 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cruz, N; Byrd; Metcalf.
GIDP: Hamilton; Blalock.
Team RISP: 6-for-15.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
DP: (Young, M-Duran, G-Blalock).

 
Oakland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Eveland (L, 9-9) 5.0 8 7 7 3 4 2 4.34
Casilla 0.0 3 4 4 1 0 0 3.93
Gray 1.0 3 2 2 0 0 0 7.71
Meyer 2.0 3 1 1 1 1 1 7.48
 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Harrison (W, 9-3) 6.0 6 2 2 1 7 1 5.49
Rupe 2.0 3 2 2 0 3 1 4.97
Littleton 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 6.75

Eveland pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.
Casilla pitched to 4 batters in the 6th.

WP: Casilla.
Balk: Harrison.
HBP: Blalock (by Eveland).
Pitches-strikes: Eveland 85-50, Casilla 17-7, Gray 23-12, Meyer 46-30, Harrison 98-61, Rupe 30-18, Littleton 24-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Eveland 7-0, Casilla 0-0, Gray 2-1, Meyer 0-3, Harrison 7-1, Rupe 2-0, Littleton 1-1.
Batters faced: Eveland 25, Casilla 4, Gray 6, Meyer 10, Harrison 24, Rupe 9, Littleton 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Gray 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Dale Scott. 1B: Dan Iassogna. 2B: Casey Moser. 3B: Bill Hohn.
Weather: 86 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 6 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:59.
Att: 16,832.
September 24, 2008

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