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Blalock knocks in four
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Rangers 9, Athletics 8
Julio Borbon swipes his 17th base of the season in the first inning. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
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.
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Series at a glance:
TEX
Texas (83-68)
Won 1
Texas 9, Oakland 8   OAK
Oakland (72-80)
Lost 1
September 23, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
2 0 0 2 4 1 0 0 0   9 11 0
Oakland
0 0 0 5 1 1 1 0 0   8 12 3
Standings thru 9/23/09  |  Recap: TEX | OAK  |  Gameday  |  Rangers stats  |  Athletics stats
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Borbon, DH 3 2 1 0 1 0 1 .311
Andrus, SS 5 1 1 0 0 0 2 .270
Murphy, Dv, LF 3 1 1 2 1 0 1 .276
Byrd, CF 5 3 2 2 0 1 2 .282
Blalock, 1B 5 2 3 4 0 1 0 .244
  Kinsler, 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .249
Cruz, N, RF 5 0 1 1 0 2 1 .262
Davis, C, 3B-1B 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .219
Rodriguez, I, C 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 .251
Vizquel, 2B-3B 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .269
Totals 37 9 11 9 3 4 9  

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).

 
Oakland AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Kennedy, A, 3B 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 .287
Davis, R, CF 5 1 2 1 0 1 0 .319
Sweeney, R, RF 5 1 2 1 0 0 0 .291
Suzuki, K, C 5 1 1 0 0 2 2 .269
Cust, DH 3 1 1 1 0 2 0 .238
  a-Garciaparra, PH-DH 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .276
Ellis, M, 2B 4 2 2 1 0 0 0 .273
Barton, 1B 3 0 1 1 0 0 2 .258
Pennington, SS 4 0 1 2 0 0 2 .283
Patterson, E, LF 3 2 2 1 1 0 0 .238
Totals 38 8 12 8 1 6 11  

a-Struck out for Cust in the 7th.

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 LOB: 5.

FIELDING
E: Kennedy, A (16, fielding), Pennington (3, fielding), Ellis, M (4, throw).

 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hunter, T (W, 9-4) 5.2 9 7 7 0 2 1 3.67
Nippert (H, 1) 0.1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4.14
O'Day (H, 19) 0.1 2 1 1 0 0 0 1.80
Wilson, C (H, 18) 1.2 1 0 0 1 2 0 2.94
Francisco, F (S, 24) 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 3.28
 
Oakland IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Mortensen (L, 2-3) 4.2 6 7 3 1 1 1 6.07
Kilby 0.1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
Gray, J 1.0 2 1 1 1 0 0 2.74
Meloan 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
Wuertz 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 2.76
Bailey, A 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 1.93

HBP: Barton (by Wilson, C).
Pitches-strikes: Hunter, T 79-55, Nippert 8-5, O'Day 8-5, Wilson, C 38-20, Francisco, F 18-12, Mortensen 88-58, Kilby 7-5, Gray, J 26-14, Meloan 10-8, Wuertz 17-9, Bailey, A 14-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hunter, T 5-5, Nippert 1-0, O'Day 0-1, Wilson, C 1-1, Francisco, F 0-0, Mortensen 9-2, Kilby 1-0, Gray, J 3-0, Meloan 0-2, Wuertz 3-0, Bailey, A 0-1.
Batters faced: Hunter, T 25, Nippert 1, O'Day 3, Wilson, C 8, Francisco, F 3, Mortensen 22, Kilby 3, Gray, J 6, Meloan 4, Wuertz 4, Bailey, A 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Nippert 1-0, Wilson, C 1-0, Kilby 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Mike Reilly. 1B: Chuck Meriwether. 2B: Laz Diaz. 3B: Eric Cooper.
Weather: 59 degrees, clear.
Wind: 11 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:09.
Att: 18,311.
Venue: Oakland Coliseum.
September 23, 2009
September 23, 2009

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