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Brown carries Athletics past surging Rangers

May 12, 2008 - 12:28 AM By Jay Miller PA SportsTicker Contributing Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) - Emil Brown drove in four runs and Frank Thomas had two RBI as the Oakland Athletics posted a 12-6 victory over the Texas Rangers on Sunday.

The Athletics' win snapped the Rangers' five-game winning streak and avoided their first series sweep.

Oakland jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on Rangers starter Sidney Ponson, who surrendered an RBI single to Thomas and a three-run blast to Brown.

"I had a hard time getting used to the heat in the first two games down here," Brown said. "It's been draining everything out of me. Today, though, it was very nice. You couldn't ask for better weather to play in."

"I tried to go down and away with a sinker and it was right down the middle. It was a souvenir," Ponson said. "(Brown) did what he's supposed to do. Those guys are professional hitters and they're gonna hurt you."

Texas battled back to take the lead in the fourth inning on Josh Hamilton's run-scoring triple off A's starter Rich Harden, who gave up five runs and eight hits in just 3 2/3 innings.

"First time out, I'm somewhat happy," Harden said. "Obviously I didn't get that many innings in and gave up some runs, but I wasn't disappointed."

Thomas' sacrifice fly capped a two-run sixth to give Oakland a one-run lead. But Michael Young hit an RBI single against reliever Santiago Casilla (2-0) to tie the game at 6-6 in the bottom half.

Oakland regained in the lead an inning later on a double-steal attempt by Bobby Crosby and Mark Ellis. But Ellis got caught in a rundown between first and second while Crosby broke for the plate.

Rangers first baseman Frank Catalanotto stopped his pursuit of Ellis to try and get Crosby, but his throw was too late to catch the former AL Rookie of the Year. Ryan Sweeney also added a sacrifice fly to make it 8-6.

"We didn't execute," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "They just beat us in execution several times."

Texas' Franklyn German (1-1) picked up the loss.

Brown had an RBI single in the eighth and Daric Barton hit a two-run shot in the ninth for Oakland, which finished with 13 hits.

Jarrod Saltalamacchia drove in two runs and Ian Kinsler had three hits and an RBI for the Rangers, who were outscored, 6-0, over the final three innings.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 1 3 12 13 1
    TEXAS 1 1 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 6 11 2 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - RICH HARDEN, JOEY DEVINE (4TH), SANTIAGO CASILLA (6TH), ALAN
    EMBREE (7TH), HUSTON STREET (9TH) AND KURT SUZUKI
    TEX - SIDNEY PONSON, FRANKLYN GERMAN (6TH), JAM

    May 11 6:33 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY DARIC BARTON (2) TO RIGHT WITH 2 OUT IN
    THE 9TH OFF EDDIE GUARDADO SCORED JACK HANNAHAN.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 12, TEXAS 6
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R DAVIS (.304, 0 HR, 4 RBI)

    Athletics 12, Rangers 6  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 11 6:28 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    ERROR BY JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA ALLOWED DONNIE MURPHY TO
    SCORE.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HANNAHAN ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 10
    TEXAS 6 TOP, 9TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R SWEENEY (.262, 0-FOR-2, BB, SF, RBI)

    Athletics 10, Rangers 6  Top 9, 0 OutsMay 11 6:22 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY EMIL BROWN SCORED RAJAI DAVIS.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, E BROWN ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 9
    TEXAS 6 TOP, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: B CROSBY (.253, 1-FOR-4)

    Athletics 9, Rangers 6  Top 8, 0 OutsMay 11 6:03 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY RYAN SWEENEY SCORED MARK ELLIS.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J HANNAHAN ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 8
    TEXAS 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: K SUZUKI (.259, 0-FOR-3, BB)

    Athletics 8, Rangers 6  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 11 5:36 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BOBBY CROSBY STOLE HOME.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M ELLIS ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 7
    TEXAS 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J HANNAHAN (.235, 1-FOR-2, BB)

    Athletics 7, Rangers 6  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 11 5:32 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 6
    TEXAS 6 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.307, 2-FOR-3, RBI)

    Athletics 6, Rangers 6  Bot 6, 0 OutsMay 11 5:20 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY FRANK THOMAS SCORED RYAN SWEENEY.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, J CUST ON FIRST, M SWEENEY ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 6
    TEXAS 5 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: E BROWN (.280, 1-FOR-3, HR, 3 RBI)

    Athletics 6, Rangers 5  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 11 5:05 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    BASES LOADED WALK TO JACK CUST SCORED JACK HANNAHAN.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J CUST ON FIRST, M SWEENEY ON SECOND, R
    SWEENEY ON THIRD, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 5
    TEXAS 5 TOP, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: F THOMAS (.217, 1-FOR-3, RBI)

    Athletics 5, Rangers 5  Top 6, 0 OutsMay 11 5:00 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TRIPLE BY JOSH HAMILTON SCORED IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HAMILTON ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM, 4TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BRADLEY (.316, 1-FOR-2, RBI)

    Athletics 4, Rangers 5  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 11 4:25 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - RICH HARDEN
    TEX - SIDNEY PONSON

    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: R VAZQUEZ (.321, 1-FOR-1)
    I KINSLER (.299, 1-FOR-2, RBI)
    M YOUNG (.292, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics 4, Rangers 4  Bot 4, 0 OutsMay 11 4:17 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA SCORED DAVID MURPHY.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, 2 LEFT ON, 3 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    TEXAS 3 END BOTTOM, 3RD

    Athletics 4, Rangers 3  Bot 3, 0 OutsMay 11 4:06 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY IAN KINSLER SCORED JARROD SALTALAMACCHIA.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, I KINSLER ON SECOND, R VAZQUEZ ON THIRD, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.294, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 4, Rangers 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 11 3:44 PM


  • AL
    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MILTON BRADLEY SCORED JOSH HAMILTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M BRADLEY ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    TEXAS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: D MURPHY (.259, 4 HR, 22 RBI)

    Athletics 4, Rangers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 11 3:25 PM


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

    CURRENT PITCHERS: OAK - RICH HARDEN
    TEX - SIDNEY PONSON

    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: I KINSLER (.296, 3 HR, 17 RBI)
    M YOUNG (.296, 3 HR, 16 RBI)
    J HAMILTON (.300, 7 HR, 38 RBI)

    Athletics 4, Rangers 0  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 11 3:18 PM
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    roots
    DialH Added 5 roots

    Athletics vs. RangersMay 8 11:49 PM