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Homers back Blanton
Athletics 7, Rangers 3
Dan Johnson hit his 16th and 17th home runs of the season on Saturday. (Ben Margot/AP)
 Johnson belts two homers
 Swisher's homer
Three solo home runs, two by Dan Johnson and one by Nick Swisher, led the A's past the Rangers on Saturday afternoon. Joe Blanton pitched well to pick up his 14th win of the season, allowing two runs in seven-plus innings while striking out six in his 20th quality start of the year.
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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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