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05/29/09 9:55 PM ET
Hunter steps up in twin bill's opener
Righty's solid start paves way for Rangers' comeback
By Daniel Paulling / MLB.com
ARLINGTON -- Tommy Hunter provided 5 1/3 much-needed innings as the Rangers defeated the A's, 6-3, in the first game of Friday's doubleheader.
Hunter made the emergency start when Matt Harrison was placed on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. He is eligible to return on June 10. Harrison is 4-4 with a 5.43 ERA in nine starts this season.
"Tommy got us through five, gave us a chance to win," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He looked more under control. For the most part, he got it done."
Andruw Jones broke a late-inning 3-3 tie with a two-run home run that bounced off the left-field foul pole. Nelson Cruz followed that with a home run of his own. It was the third time the Rangers have gone back-to-back this season.
"Rudy [Jaramillo, hitting coach] did a good job with [Jones] in Spring Training to get his confidence back," Washington said. "Our guys know what he's capable of doing because he's done it for so many seasons."
Marlon Byrd hit a solo home shot in the seventh to provide the tie with the Rangers' first hit since the first inning when Cruz launched a two-run double deep to center field.
After the game, Hunter was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Guillermo Moscoso was called up from Double-A Frisco and was available for the second game of Friday's doubleheader.