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Early lead not enough
Athletics 11, Rangers 9
Marlon Byrd and David Murphy celebrate after scoring in the third. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)
 Sosa goes deep
The Rangers put up six runs in the third, and appeared on their way to an easy win, but Kason Gabbard struggled from there. After the A's went ahead, Sammy Sosa tied the game with his 20th homer, but the 'pen let Oakland reclaim the lead.
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Series at a glance:
TEX
Texas (69-78)
Lost 4
Oakland 11, Texas 9   OAK
Oakland (73-76)
Won 2
September 14, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
0 0 6 0 0 3 0 0 0   9 10 1
Oakland
0 0 2 0 7 2 0 0 X   11 12 1
Standings thru 9/14/07  |  Gameday  |  Rangers Stats  |  Athletics Stats
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kinsler, 2B3110213.271
Wilkerson, 1B4210102.235
Young, SS5110013.312
Sosa, DH5225011.255
Byrd, RF4111110.307
Botts, LF5010033.235
Murphy, CF2110200.388
Metcalf, 3B3001113.236
Laird, C4122010.220
Totals3591097915 

BATTING
2B: Botts (7, Lewis).
HR: Sosa (20, 6th inning off Casilla, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Kinsler; Wilkerson; Young; Sosa 5; Byrd; Botts 2; Murphy; Laird 2.
RBI: Sosa 5 (88), Byrd (63), Metcalf (15), Laird 2 (44).
2-out RBI: Metcalf; Laird 2; Sosa 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sosa; Kinsler.
GIDP: Metcalf; Wilkerson.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Kinsler (20, 2nd base off Meyer/Suzuki).

FIELDING
E: Laird (12, throw).
DP: 3 (Young-Kinsler-Wilkerson, Metcalf-Wilkerson, Laird-Young).

 
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stewart, LF4220100.291
Barton, 1B5232021.409
Swisher, CF-RF2211200.264
Piazza, DH3121202.288
  1-Furmaniak, PR-DH0000000.200
Ellis, 2B4101114.274
Cust, RF3121110.259
  DaVanon, CF1000001.195
Suzuki, C4122001.251
Hannahan, 3B3100113.263
Murphy, SS3001021.206
Totals32111298713 


1-Ran for Piazza in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Barton (3, Gabbard).
HR: Barton (1, 3rd inning off Gabbard, 1 on, 2 out), Swisher (21, 6th inning off Rheinecker, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Stewart 2; Barton 7; Swisher 4; Piazza 2; Cust 2; Suzuki 2.
RBI: Barton 2 (2), Piazza (43), Ellis (65), Cust (76), Suzuki 2 (34), Murphy (18), Swisher (72).
2-out RBI: Barton 2; Suzuki.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ellis; Hannahan.
S: Murphy.
GIDP: Piazza; Suzuki.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
CS: Stewart (3, 2nd base by Francisco/Laird).

FIELDING
E: Hannahan (2, throw).
DP: 2 (Lewis-Ellis-Barton, Barton-Murphy-Barton).

 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Gabbard 4.05777414.65
Wood 1.02200004.80
Rheinecker (L, 2-2)0.11110115.52
Littleton 0.23110003.61
Francisco 1.01000204.71
Benoit 1.00001002.61
 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Meyer 2.25663408.18
Lewis 2.12002106.81
Casilla (BS, 3)0.22332214.82
Brown, A (W, 3-2)1.10000203.82
Embree (H, 16)1.01000004.07
Street (S, 16)1.00000002.93

Gabbard pitched to 5 batters in the 5th.

HBP: Swisher (by Gabbard).
Pitches-strikes: Gabbard 94-50, Wood 23-13, Rheinecker 10-7, Littleton 20-11, Francisco 12-9, Benoit 17-10, Meyer 73-40, Lewis 36-21, Casilla 33-18, Brown, A 15-9, Embree 8-5, Street 10-7.
Ground outs-fly outs: Gabbard 6-2, Wood 3-0, Rheinecker 0-0, Littleton 2-0, Francisco 0-0, Benoit 1-2, Meyer 2-2, Lewis 3-3, Casilla 0-0, Brown, A 0-2, Embree 3-0, Street 1-2.
Batters faced: Gabbard 23, Wood 5, Rheinecker 2, Littleton 5, Francisco 3, Benoit 4, Meyer 16, Lewis 10, Casilla 6, Brown, A 4, Embree 3, Street 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Wood 3-3, Lewis 3-3, Brown, A 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Tim Timmons. 1B: Alfonso Marquez. 2B: Chuck Meriwether. 3B: Rick Reed.
Weather: 68 degrees, clear.
Wind: 17 mph, Out to RF.
T: 3:30.
Att: 19,336.

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