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A's continue torrid August
Blanton notches 14th win
Joe Blanton tossed 6 2/3 solid innings, allowing seven hits and three runs to pick up the win. Jason Kendall had three hits, Marco Scutaro scored two runs and Nick Swisher belted his 27th homer to provide the offense.
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Athletics 5, Rangers 3
With the win Saturday, Joe Blanton and the red-hot A's are 18-5 in the month of August. (Linda Kaye/AP)
Series at a glance:
Playoff hopes slipping away
Adam Eaton struggled, giving up four runs on six hits in three-plus innings to take the loss. Carlos Lee went 3-for-4 and drove in all three Texas runs. With the loss, the Rangers fell nine games behind the first-place A's.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: August 26, 2006
OAK
Oakland (74-55)
Won 3
Oakland 5, Texas 3   TEX
Texas (66-65)
Lost 2
August 26, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0   5 10 1
Texas
0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0   3 8 0
Standings thru 8/26/06  |  Gameday  |  Athletics Stats  |  Rangers Stats
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kendall, C5131000.296
Kotsay, CF3001112.269
Bradley, RF3000202.267
Thomas, DH3111103.266
Chavez, 3B5010015.243
Payton, LF4001103.292
Swisher, 1B5111021.250
Scutaro, SS2220200.243
Ellis, 2B4020003.231
Totals3451057419 

BATTING
2B: Chavez (18, Eaton), Ellis (15, Eaton).
HR: Swisher (27, 4th inning off Eaton, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Kendall 3; Thomas; Chavez 2; Swisher 4; Scutaro 2; Ellis 3.
RBI: Payton (49), Thomas (76), Swisher (76), Kendall (36), Kotsay (48).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ellis; Payton; Chavez 2; Thomas 2.
SF: Thomas; Kotsay.
Team LOB: 11.

BASERUNNING
CS: Payton (3, 2nd base by Mahay/Barajas).
PO: Payton (1st base by Mahay).

FIELDING
E: Ellis (2, fielding).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Matthews, CF4100110.303
Young, M, SS3120110.307
Lee, LF4033000.297
Teixeira, 1B4010005.281
Blalock, 3B4010013.286
DeRosa, RF4000015.315
Stairs, DH4000031.253
Kinsler, 2B4000010.294
Barajas, C4110000.258
Totals353832814 

BATTING
2B: Young, M (45, Blanton), Lee (29, Blanton), Barajas (19, Blanton).
TB: Young, M 3; Lee 4; Teixeira; Blalock; Barajas 2.
RBI: Lee 3 (96).
2-out RBI: Lee 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: DeRosa 2; Teixeira.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
CS: Matthews (5, 2nd base by Blanton/Kendall).

FIELDING
Pickoffs: Mahay (Payton at 1st base).

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blanton (W, 14-10)6.27331604.45
Calero 0.01001003.26
Kennedy (H, 7)1.10000101.50
Duchscherer (S, 5)1.00000103.56
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Eaton (L, 3-4)3.06444115.17
Benoit 4.01001304.79
Littleton 1.03111001.90
Mahay 1.00001003.51

Calero pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
Eaton pitched to 4 batters in the 4th.

WP: Benoit.
Pitches-strikes: Blanton 112-74, Calero 10-5, Kennedy 17-12, Duchscherer 9-7, Eaton 83-47, Benoit 58-38, Littleton 28-14, Mahay 16-10.
Ground outs-fly outs: Blanton 4-9, Calero 0-0, Kennedy 1-2, Duchscherer 0-2, Eaton 1-7, Benoit 3-6, Littleton 0-3, Mahay 1-1.
Batters faced: Blanton 28, Calero 2, Kennedy 4, Duchscherer 3, Eaton 19, Benoit 14, Littleton 7, Mahay 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Calero 2-2, Kennedy 2-0, Benoit 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Mike Everitt. 1B: Larry Young. 2B: Alfonso Marquez. 3B: Bob Davidson.
Weather: 99 degrees, clear.
Wind: 16 mph, In from CF.
T: 3:08.
Att: 37,756.

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