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Sosa sparks huge second inning for Rangers in easy win

Sep 10, 2007 - 2:03 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Whatever moisture was left behind by the rain early in the game was dried up by the heat generated by the Texas Rangers' offense shortly thereafter.

Sammy Sosa had two hits - including a three-run homer - in an eight-run second inning as the Rangers blasted the Oakland Athletics, 12-9, on Sunday.

The game was delayed twice, 16 minutes before the start of the contest and 73 minutes in the top of the second. However, once the game was resumed after the second delay, Texas quickly put the contest out of reach.

In the bottom of the second, Sosa led off the frame with a string of four consecutive singles, including RBI singles by Jason Botts and Nelson Cruz off Athletics starter Lenny DiNardo (8-9) to make the score 2-0. After Gerald Laird sacrificed and Jarrod Saltalamacchia grounded out to third, Ian Kinsler walked to load the bases.

"I was just going up looking for a good pitch," Sosa said. "He threw me a sinker inside and I was able to get a good swing on it."

Jerry Hairston, Jr. followed with another walk to push across another run and moved to third when Michael Young reached on a throwing error by Oakland shortstop Donnie Murphy. The play allowed two runs to score to increase the lead to 5-0 before Sosa belted the second pitch he saw from reliever Colby Lewis over the fence in left-center for a three-run home run.

The 442-foot shot by Sosa was only the 12th home run to reach the second deck in the history of Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

Sosa, who had his first three-hit game since June 26 and finished with four RBI, hit an RBI single in the sixth to extend the lead to 9-3.

"Sosa is an absolute RBI machine," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He smells them when they're on base and then he picks them up."

The Rangers needed all the offense they could muster early on as Oakland stormed back with five runs - but only one earned - in the seventh due to a couple errors by Young and catcher Gerald Laird to trim the lead to 9-8.

However, Texas put the game out of reach in the bottom half of the inning when Hairston hit a two-run single and Young followed with his own run-scoring single to increase the lead to 12-8.

"Sometimes, you've got to win ugly and tonight, we won ugly," Washington said. "When they put up those five runs in the seventh, I was proud of the way we answered (back). That's just the way this team has been playing ball lately."

Bill White (1-0) allowed a run and two hits in the fifth and sixth innings to get his first major league win.

Nick Swisher homered twice and Mark Ellis had three hits and three RBI for the A's, who lost for the eighth time in their last nine road contests.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 0 1 0 1 0 1 5 0 1 9 9 1
    TEXAS 0 8 0 0 0 1 3 0 x 12 13 3 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - LENNY DINARDO, COLBY LEWIS (2ND), SANTIAGO CASILLA (6TH), ALAN
    EMBREE (7TH), RUDDY LUGO (7TH), HUSTON STREET (8TH) AND ROB
    BOWEN
    TEX - KEVIN MILLWOOD, FRANK

    Sep 9 8:42 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NICK SWISHER (19) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH 2
    OUT IN THE 9TH OFF JOAQUIN BENOIT.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 9, TEXAS 12
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J CUST (.260, 0-FOR-3, 2 BB)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 8:39 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, J HAIRSTON JR ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    TEXAS 12 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: S SOSA (.254, 3-FOR-4, HR, 4 RBI)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 8:14 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JERRY HAIRSTON JR SCORED DAVID MURPHY AND NELSON
    CRUZ.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J HAIRSTON JR ON FIRST, I KINSLER ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    TEXAS 11 BOTTOM, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.308, 1-FOR-3, BB)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 8:12 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MARK ELLIS SCORED KEVIN THOMPSON, JACK HANNAHAN
    AND NICK SWISHER.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M ELLIS ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    TEXAS 9 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: D JOHNSON (.228, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 7:50 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JACK HANNAHAN SCORED JEFF DAVANON.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J HANNAHAN ON FIRST, K THOMPSON ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5
    TEXAS 9 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: N SWISHER (.262, 1-FOR-3, SF, HR, 2 RBI)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 7:38 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY KEVIN THOMPSON SCORED ROB BOWEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, K THOMPSON ON FIRST, J DAVANON ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    TEXAS 9 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J HANNAHAN (.260, 0-FOR-2, BB, HBP)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 7:37 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY SAMMY SOSA SCORED IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, S SOSA ON FIRST, M YOUNG ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    TEXAS 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.312, 1-FOR-3)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 7:25 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY NICK SWISHER (18) TO LEFT WITH 1 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF BILL WHITE.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3, TEXAS 8
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J CUST (.260, 0-FOR-2, BB)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 7:01 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY NICK SWISHER SCORED ROB BOWEN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HANNAHAN ON FIRST, K THOMPSON ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    TEXAS 8 TOP, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J CUST (.260, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 6:19 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    THREE-RUN HOME RUN BY SAMMY SOSA (19) TO LEFT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 2ND OFF COLBY LEWIS SCORED JERRY HAIRSTON JR AND MICHAEL YOUNG.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1, TEXAS 8
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.314, 1-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 5:35 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY DONNIE MURPHY ALLOWED NELSON CRUZ AND IAN KINSLER
    TO SCORE.
    SITUATION: 5 RUNS IN, M YOUNG ON SECOND, J HAIRSTON JR ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: S SOSA (.251, 1-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 5:31 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JERRY HAIRSTON JR SCORED JASON BOTTS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, J HAIRSTON JR ON FIRST, I KINSLER ON SECOND,
    N CRUZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.307, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 5:27 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY NELSON CRUZ SCORED MARLON BYRD.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, N CRUZ ON FIRST, J BOTTS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G LAIRD (.219, 8 HR, 42 RBI)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 5:21 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JASON BOTTS SCORED SAMMY SOSA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J BOTTS ON FIRST, M BYRD ON THIRD, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    TEXAS 1 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: N CRUZ (.213, 7 HR, 25 RBI)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 5:19 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JEFF DAVANON SCORED MARK ELLIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J DAVANON ON FIRST, R BOWEN ON SECOND, D
    MURPHY ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: K THOMPSON (.182, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics vs. RangersSep 9 5:10 PM