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Ellis has big night
Rangers fall in opener
Rookie right-hander Edinson Volquez, starting in place of the injured Kip Wells, allowed four runs in five innings as the Rangers lost to the A's. Hank Blalock had a solo homer for Texas, which had a hit from every starter but leadoff man Gary Matthews Jr.
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 Blalock's solo shot
 Stairs doubles in a run
Athletics 7, Rangers 4
Mark Teixeira is out at home after the tag by A's catcher Jason Kendall. (Jeff Chiu/AP)
Series at a glance:
Loaiza getting in groove
Mark Ellis had four RBIs, including two on a homer that put Oakland ahead for good, as the A's beat the Rangers in the first game of a three-game set. Esteban Loaiza allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings to earn the win. Milton Bradley added a solo homer.
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 Ellis hits a two-run shot
 Ellis doubles in two
 Bradley's solo shot
TODAY'S WRAPS: August 07, 2006
TEX
Texas (56-57)
Lost 3
Oakland 7, Texas 4   OAK
Oakland (61-51)
Won 5
August 7, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
0 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0   4 11 0
Oakland
1 0 2 1 0 2 1 0 X   7 12 0
Standings thru 8/7/06  |  Gameday  |  Rangers Stats  |  Athletics Stats
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF4001011.318
Young, SS4010000.302
Lee, LF4010011.283
Teixeira, 1B4020021.283
Blalock, 3B3221101.285
DeRosa, RF4110004.321
Stairs, DH4021002.265
Kinsler, 2B4111003.302
Barajas, C3010002.249
  a-Wilkerson, PH1000010.223
Totals3541141515 

a-Struck out for Barajas in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Stairs 2 (18, Loaiza, Loaiza), Kinsler (16, Loaiza), Teixeira (33, Halsey).
HR: Blalock (13, 6th inning off Loaiza, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Young; Lee; Teixeira 3; Blalock 5; DeRosa; Stairs 4; Kinsler 2; Barajas.
RBI: Stairs (34), Kinsler (35), Blalock (70), Matthews (56).
2-out RBI: Blalock.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Barajas; Teixeira; Stairs.
SF: Matthews.
GIDP: Matthews.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Lee (13, 2nd base off Loaiza/Kendall).

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Lee (Scutaro at home).

 
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kendall, C5120022.275
Kielty, LF5000013.264
Bradley, RF4112011.287
Thomas, DH3110001.260
  a-Melhuse, PH-DH1010000.223
Chavez, 3B3010101.235
Payton, CF4110013.295
Swisher, 1B4121022.252
Scutaro, SS2110202.238
Ellis, 2B4124003.216
Totals3571273718 

a-Singled for Thomas in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Kendall (15, Volquez), Ellis (12, Bauer), Scutaro (13, Rupe).
HR: Ellis (6, 3rd inning off Volquez, 1 on, 0 out), Bradley (8, 7th inning off Bauer, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Kendall 3; Bradley 4; Thomas; Melhuse; Chavez; Payton; Swisher 2; Scutaro 2; Ellis 6.
RBI: Bradley 2 (28), Ellis 4 (30), Swisher (59).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ellis 2; Thomas; Kendall; Swisher; Kielty.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Chavez-Swisher, Ellis-Scutaro-Swisher).

 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Volquez (L, 0-1)5.05442417.20
Bauer 1.14331113.38
Wilson 0.22000103.86
Rupe 1.01000106.75
 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Loaiza (W, 5-7)6.210441416.41
Gaudin (H, 6)0.10000003.21
Halsey (H, 7)1.01000003.93
Calero (S, 2)1.00000102.72

Pitches-strikes: Volquez 95-55, Bauer 28-15, Wilson 18-11, Rupe 13-7, Loaiza 99-65, Gaudin 4-4, Halsey 13-8, Calero 10-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Volquez 7-4, Bauer 2-0, Wilson 1-0, Rupe 2-0, Loaiza 12-4, Gaudin 1-0, Halsey 1-2, Calero 1-1.
Batters faced: Volquez 22, Bauer 8, Wilson 4, Rupe 4, Loaiza 29, Gaudin 1, Halsey 4, Calero 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Gaudin 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Dana DeMuth. 1B: Jim Joyce. 2B: Paul Schrieber. 3B: Doug Eddings.
Weather: 62 degrees, clear.
Wind: 15 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:36.
Att: 21,208.

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