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: Borbon; Andrus; Murphy, Dv; Byrd 2; Blalock 8; Cruz, N; Davis, C; Vizquel. 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: Andrus 2 (31, 2nd base off Mortensen/Suzuki,
K, 3rd base off Mortensen/Suzuki, K), Borbon (17, 2nd 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).
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