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: Barton (8, McCarthy). 3B: Pennington (1, Feliz). TB: Sweeney, R; Ellis, M; Barton 2; Hairston, S; Davis, R 3; Kennedy, A; Pennington 4. RBI: Sweeney, R (47), Davis, R 4 (41), Suzuki, K (75). 2-out RBI: Davis, R 3. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sweeney, R 2; Suzuki, K 2; Ellis, M 2; Hairston, S. Team RISP:
2-for-12. Team LOB: 13.
BASERUNNING SB: Davis, R (37, 2nd base off McCarthy/Rodriguez, I). CS: Davis, R (11, 2nd base by Wilson, C/Rodriguez, I).
BATTING 2B: Byrd (41, Gonzalez, E), German, E (4, Gonzalez, E). HR: Murphy, Dv (16, 4th inning off Gonzalez, E, 0 on, 0 out). TB: German, E 3; Murphy, Dv 5; Byrd 2. 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 LOB: 8.
FIELDING E: Rodriguez, I (7, throw), German, E (4, fielding), Wilson, C (2, throw).