Dustin Nippert hands the ball to Ron Washington upon exiting in the fourth. (John Froschauer/AP)
By Christian Caple / MLB.com
The Rangers rallied from an early deficit with sixth-inning home runs by sluggers Hank Blalock and Nelson Cruz, but the offense was relatively quiet outside of that, and the bullpen could not preserve a late tie in the first-half finale.
BATTING HR: Blalock (19, 6th inning off Bedard, 1 on, 1 out), Cruz, N (22, 6th inning off Batista,
0 on, 2 out). TB: Blalock 5; Cruz, N 4; Byrd. RBI: Blalock 2 (42), Cruz, N
(53). 2-out RBI: Cruz, N. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cruz, N. GIDP:
Teagarden. Team RISP: 0-for-6. Team LOB: 6.
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