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Rangers lose fifth straight
Athletics 7, Rangers 3
A.J. Murray went 2 2/3 innings, allowing two runs and striking out two. (Ben Margot/AP)
 Murphy's RBI single
The Rangers dropped their third consecutive game to the Athletics, only coming up with two runs off A's starter Joe Blanton. Center fielder David Murphy went 2-for-4 with an RBI single in the fifth, but the Rangers only had three other hits off Blanton on the afternoon.
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Series at a glance:
TEX
Texas (69-79)
Lost 5
Oakland 7, Texas 3   OAK
Oakland (74-76)
Won 3
September 15, 2007
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
0 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 0   3 6 1
Oakland
1 0 1 1 0 1 3 0 X   7 10 0
Standings thru 9/15/07  |  Gameday  |  Rangers Stats  |  Athletics Stats
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Catalanotto, 1B3000001.272
  b-Quiroz, PH00001001.000
  1-Metcalf, PR-3B0000000.236
Kinsler, 2B3001010.269
Young, SS4000012.310
Byrd, RF4010000.306
Botts, LF4110011.236
Blalock, DH4110031.298
Murphy, CF4121001.394
Saltalamacchia, C2010101.263
Vazquez, 3B2000011.238
  a-Sosa, PH1000012.254
  Wilkerson, 1B0000000.235
Totals313622810 

a-Struck out for Vazquez in the 8th. b-Walked for Catalanotto in the 8th.
1-Ran for Quiroz in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Murphy (9, Blanton).
TB: Byrd; Botts; Blalock; Murphy 3; Saltalamacchia.
RBI: Murphy (11), Kinsler (57).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Young; Murphy.
SF: Kinsler.
GIDP: Saltalamacchia.
Team LOB: 4.

FIELDING
E: Vazquez (6, throw).

 
OaklandABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Stewart, LF5110003.291
Barton, 1B4000121.346
Swisher, CF-RF4221003.266
Cust, RF4021011.262
  1-DaVanon, PR-CF0100000.195
Ellis, 2B4111013.274
Johnson, DH4234012.237
Scutaro, SS4000000.261
Hannahan, 3B4010002.263
Suzuki, C2000210.249
Totals3571073615 


1-Ran for Cust in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Swisher (34, Murray), Ellis (31, Mendoza).
HR: Swisher (22, 3rd inning off McCarthy, 0 on, 2 out), Johnson 2 (17, 4th inning off Murray, 0 on, 1 out; 6th inning off Murray, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Stewart; Swisher 6; Cust 2; Ellis 2; Johnson 9; Hannahan.
RBI: Cust (77), Swisher (73), Johnson 4 (59), Ellis (66).
2-out RBI: Swisher; Ellis; Johnson 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Johnson; Stewart; Ellis; Hannahan.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: (Ellis-Scutaro-Barton).

 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
McCarthy (L, 5-10)3.03221315.07
Murray 2.24221225.63
Littleton 0.20000003.56
White 0.11220106.23
Mendoza 0.12110002.08
Galarraga, A 1.00001000.00
 
OaklandIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Blanton (W, 14-9)7.05331603.78
Braden 0.10001106.71
Embree (S, 17)1.21000103.97

Blanton pitched to 2 batters in the 8th.

HBP: Swisher (by White).
Pitches-strikes: McCarthy 52-35, Murray 60-35, Littleton 9-6, White 5-4, Mendoza 7-5, Galarraga, A 12-7, Blanton 99-67, Braden 11-5, Embree 28-20.
Ground outs-fly outs: McCarthy 0-6, Murray 2-4, Littleton 2-0, White 0-0, Mendoza 1-0, Galarraga, A 0-3, Blanton 8-7, Braden 0-0, Embree 2-2.
Batters faced: McCarthy 13, Murray 13, Littleton 2, White 3, Mendoza 4, Galarraga, A 4, Blanton 26, Braden 2, Embree 6.
Inherited runners-scored: Mendoza 2-2, Braden 2-0, Embree 3-1.
Umpires: HP: Alfonso Marquez. 1B: Chuck Meriwether. 2B: Rick Reed. 3B: Tim Timmons.
Weather: 68 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 10 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:40.
Att: 24,517.

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