Saturday, August 28, 2010
Texas Rangers 7, Oakland A’s 3
Texas crushes Oakland's playoff hopes for the first time in a decade.
ARLINGTON The Texas Rangers all but secured a postseason berth Friday night, defeating the Oakland A's 7-3 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The win improved Texas to 73-55, nine and a half games ahead of the A's for first place in the AL West with just 34 games to play.
Rangers starter Tommy "Big Game" Hunter was once again on the winning side, allowing just three runs on seven hits over seven-plus innings. Hunter, who walked two and struck out four, improved to 11-2 on the season with a 3.66 ERA.
Texas' offense poured on the A's pitching staff, amassing 15 hits and three walks. Every Rangers starter other than Jorge Cantu collected at least one hit, and Cantu drew a walk and scored a run in a three-run first inning that set the tone for the game. Surprisingly, none of the Rangers' 15 hits were home runs.
Josh Hamilton went 3-for-3 with a double, an RBI single, and a run scored, while Andres Blanco went 3-for-4 with a double and a pair of runs scored. Julio Borbon also collected three hits and a run scored.
Posted by Todd M.