Brandon McCarthy gives the ball to Ron Washington in the fourth. (AP)
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
The offensive woes continued, and Texas' playoff chances took a blow as David Murphy's solo shot was all the offense it could muster against Oakland. With the loss, the Rangers fell to 5 1/2 games behind the Red Sox in the AL Wild Card race with 18 games left to play.
BATTING 2B: Byrd (41, Gonzalez, E), German (4, Gonzalez, E). HR: Murphy, Dv (16, 4th inning off
Gonzalez, E, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Murphy, Dv 5; Byrd 2; German 3. RBI: Murphy, Dv (46). Runners
left in scoring position, 2 out: Kinsler; Rodriguez, I; Murphy, Dv 4. SAC: Borbon. Team RISP: 0-for-10. Team
FIELDING E: Rodriguez, I (7, throw), German (4, fielding), Wilson, C (2, throw).
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