Julio Borbon swipes his 17th base of the season in the first inning. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Hank Blalock hit a two-run homer, his 25th, and laced a pair of doubles, knocking in four. Marlon Byrd added two RBIs as the Rangers outpaced the Athletics to move to within 6 1/2 games of the Angels in the AL West with 11 games left to play.
BATTING 2B: Blalock 2 (21, Mortensen, Kilby). HR: Blalock (25, 4th inning off Mortensen, 1 on, 0 out). TB: Davis, C; Andrus; Blalock 8; Cruz, N; Borbon; Vizquel; Byrd 2; Murphy, Dv. RBI: Murphy, Dv 2 (51), Blalock 4 (66), Byrd 2 (81), Cruz, N (74). 2-out RBI: Blalock 2; Byrd 2; Cruz, N; Murphy, Dv. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cruz, N; Byrd; Murphy, Dv. SAC: Borbon. SF: Murphy, Dv. Team RISP: 3-for-8. Team LOB: 6.
BASERUNNING SB: Borbon (17, 2nd base off Mortensen/Suzuki, K), Andrus 2 (31, 2nd base off Mortensen/Suzuki, K, 3rd base off Mortensen/Suzuki,
K), Murphy, Dv (9, 2nd base off Mortensen/Suzuki, K). CS: Borbon (2, 2nd base by Mortensen/Suzuki, K).
FIELDING Outfield assists: Cruz, N (Pennington at 2nd base).
BATTING 2B: Sweeney, R (30, Hunter, T), Ellis, M 2 (23, Hunter, T, Hunter, T), Davis, R (23, O'Day). HR: Patterson, E (1, 5th inning off Hunter, T, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Sweeney, R 3; Ellis, M 4; Barton; Suzuki, K; Davis, R 3; Cust; Patterson, E 5; Pennington. RBI: Sweeney, R (52), Cust (64), Ellis, M (57), Pennington 2 (18), Patterson, E (6), Barton (16), Davis, R (46). 2-out RBI: Pennington 2; Barton. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Garciaparra; Kennedy, A. Team RISP: 6-for-10. Team
FIELDING E: Kennedy, A (16, fielding), Pennington (3, fielding), Ellis, M (4, throw).