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Rangers take rubber match
Rangers 4, Athletics 3
Kenny Lofton steals second base in the first inning on Sunday. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
 Blalock's two-run single
Hank Blalock delivered a go-ahead two-run single in the eighth inning, lifting the Rangers over the A's. Robinson Tejeda gave up three runs while striking out six over 6 1/3 innings, and Kenny Lofton collected career hit No. 2,300 and stole two bases.
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Series at a glance:
TODAY'S WRAPS: April 22, 2007
OAK
Oakland (9-9)
Lost 2
Texas 4, Oakland 3   TEX
Texas (8-10)
Won 2
April 22, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Oakland
0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0   3 11 0
Texas
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 X   4 8 0
Standings thru 4/22/07  |  Gameday  |  Athletics Stats  |  Rangers Stats
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stewart, LF5122002.225
Swisher, 1B-CF5010024.242
Chavez, 3B5120013.274
Piazza, DH4021001.257
Bradley, CF3010011.263
  Walker, 1B1000001.222
Buck, RF3000112.244
Crosby, SS4120012.236
Kendall, C4000012.172
Ellis, 2B3010101.255
Totals3731132719 

BATTING
2B: Chavez (6, Tejeda), Piazza (6, Tejeda), Swisher (4, Tejeda).
HR: Stewart (2, 5th inning off Tejeda, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Stewart 5; Swisher 2; Chavez 3; Piazza 3; Bradley; Crosby 2; Ellis.
RBI: Piazza (5), Stewart 2 (7).
2-out RBI: Stewart 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Piazza; Buck; Chavez 2; Swisher; Crosby.
GIDP: Buck.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Crosby (4, 2nd base off Tejeda/Laird).

FIELDING
DP: (Crosby).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Lofton, CF3120110.274
Catalanotto, LF3010112.167
  1-Hairston, PR-LF0100000.294
Young, SS4000025.162
Teixeira, 1B3100113.222
Sosa, DH3001121.186
Blalock, 3B4132000.254
Kinsler, 2B4011023.333
Cruz, RF4010023.267
Laird, C3000003.104
Totals3148441120 


1-Ran for Catalanotto in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Cruz (2, Gaudin), Catalanotto (1, Duchscherer).
3B: Blalock (2, Gaudin).
TB: Lofton 2; Catalanotto 2; Blalock 5; Kinsler; Cruz 2.
RBI: Kinsler (16), Sosa (12), Blalock 2 (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Teixeira 2; Sosa; Laird; Cruz.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Lofton 2 (6, 2nd base off Gaudin/Kendall, 2nd base off Gaudin/Kendall), Blalock (2, 2nd base off Embree/Kendall), Catalanotto (1, 2nd base off Gaudin/Kendall).

FIELDING
DP: (Kinsler-Teixeira).

 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gaudin 6.04112701.85
Embree (H, 4)0.21000201.93
Duchscherer (H, 3)(L, 1-1)0.22332106.75
Street (BS, 1)0.21000102.70
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Tejeda 6.19330613.55
Eyre (W, 1-0)1.21001000.00
Gagne (H, 1)0.10001000.00
Otsuka (S, 2)0.21000100.00

Pitches-strikes: Gaudin 97-64, Embree 13-9, Duchscherer 24-13, Street 11-8, Tejeda 106-77, Eyre 28-19, Gagne 11-6, Otsuka 10-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Gaudin 6-5, Embree 0-0, Duchscherer 0-1, Street 0-1, Tejeda 7-6, Eyre 2-3, Gagne 1-0, Otsuka 0-1.
Batters faced: Gaudin 23, Embree 3, Duchscherer 6, Street 3, Tejeda 27, Eyre 7, Gagne 2, Otsuka 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Duchscherer 1-0, Street 3-2, Eyre 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Gerry Davis. 1B: Paul Nauert. 2B: Brian Gorman. 3B: Tom Hallion.
Weather: 75 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 15 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:06.
Att: 37,002.

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