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Blalock, Cruz power Rangers in rout

Sep 24, 2008 - 10:45 PM ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- Hank Blalock blasted a three-run home run and Nelson Cruz added a two-run shot to lift the Texas Rangers to a 14-4 rout of the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday afternoon in their final home game of the season.

Michael Young collected four hits and drove in two runs while Josh Hamilton and Milton Bradley each had two hits for the Rangers, who will wrap up their campaign with a three-game series at the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this weekend.

Blalock gave Texas a 3-1 lead in the fourth inning, sending a 1-1 offering from Athletics starter Dana Eveland (9-9) over the right field wall for his 11th home run of the season.

"Michael carried us earlier in the game, then Hank continued to swing the bat," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "I hope he can continue that through the end of the season."

Blalock has hit a home run in each of the last four games. The lefthander completed the nine-game homestand with a .457 average (16-for-35) and 13 RBI.

"Blalock had a great series," Oakland manager Bob Geren said. "He was swinging the bat well. What's impressive is the way he's hanging in and swinging the bat against lefthanders."

After Blalock was hit by Eveland's pitch to lead off the sixth, Cruz hit his sixth blast of the campaign to ignite an eight-run outburst in the frame that gave the Rangers a 13-2 advantage.

Travis Metcalf added an RBI double, German Duran followed with a run-scoring single, Hamilton delivered a two-run double and Bradley drove him in with a double before Oakland recorded an out in the sixth.

Blalock capped the rally with a run-scoring single and Metcalf connected on his sixth home run of the season in the seventh.

Matt Harrison (9-3) benefited from all the offense, winning his fourth consecutive decision. The rookie lefthander yielded two runs and six hits with a walk and seven strikeouts over six frames.

"It definitely is good to get that support," Harrison said. "I pretty much got it every start. I'll definitely take this start to the offseason and build on that. I got an opportunity a little earlier than I expected. I just wanted to make it here sometime this year."

"Harrison did a good job. He progressed this year," Washington said. "He has an upside. He's one of the kids we had to push into action because of need, and he stepped up."

Jack Cust and Chris Denorfia homered for Oakland, which finishes its campaign with a three-game set in Seattle this weekend.

Eveland, who had not lost since August 2, was tagged for seven runs, eight hits and three walks with four strikeouts over five-plus innings.






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    Athletics 4, Rangers 14  FinalSep 24 6:01 PM


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    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 4 10 1
    TEXAS 0 0 0 3 2 8 1 0 x 14 17 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - DANA EVELAND, SANTIAGO CASILLA (6TH), JEFF GRAY (6TH), DAN
    MEYER (7TH) AND ROB BOWEN
    TEX - MATT HARRISON, JOSH RUPE (7TH), WES LITTLETON
    (9TH) AND GERALD LAI

    Sep 24 5:04 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY CHRIS DENORFIA (1) TO LEFT WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 8TH OFF JOSH RUPE.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4, TEXAS 14
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: J CUST (.232, 1-FOR-2, BB, HR, RBI)

    Athletics 4, Rangers 14  Top 8, 0 OutsSep 24 4:36 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY TRAVIS METCALF (6) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 7TH OFF DAN MEYER.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3, TEXAS 14
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G DURAN (.232, 2-FOR-4, RBI)

    Athletics 3, Rangers 14  Bot 7, 0 OutsSep 24 4:26 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY ROB BOWEN SCORED DARIC BARTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, R BOWEN ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    TEXAS 13 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: T BUCK (.196, 1-FOR-3)

    Athletics 3, Rangers 13  Top 7, 0 OutsSep 24 4:16 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY HANK BLALOCK SCORED MILTON BRADLEY.
    SITUATION: 8 RUNS IN, H BLALOCK ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    TEXAS 13 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: N CRUZ (.317, 1-FOR-3, HR, 2 RBI)

    Athletics 2, Rangers 13  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 24 4:08 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY MILTON BRADLEY SCORED JOSH HAMILTON.
    SITUATION: 7 RUNS IN, M BRADLEY ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    TEXAS 12 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BYRD (.297, 0-FOR-1, 2 BB)

    Athletics 2, Rangers 12  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 24 4:05 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JOSH HAMILTON SCORED GERMAN DURAN AND MICHAEL
    YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 6 RUNS IN, J HAMILTON ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    TEXAS 11 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BRADLEY (.323, 1-FOR-3)

    Athletics 2, Rangers 11  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 24 4:02 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY GERMAN DURAN SCORED TRAVIS METCALF.
    SITUATION: 4 RUNS IN, G DURAN ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    TEXAS 9 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.282, 2-FOR-2, BB, 2 RBI)

    Athletics 2, Rangers 9  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 24 3:53 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY TRAVIS METCALF SCORED GERALD LAIRD.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, T METCALF ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    TEXAS 8 BOTTOM, 6TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G DURAN (.226, 1-FOR-3)

    Athletics 2, Rangers 8  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 24 3:50 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY NELSON CRUZ (6) TO CENTER WITH 0 OUT IN
    THE 6TH OFF DANA EVELAND SCORED HANK BLALOCK.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2, TEXAS 7
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: G LAIRD (.280, 1-FOR-2)

    Athletics 2, Rangers 7  Bot 6, 0 OutsSep 24 3:45 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SOLO HOME RUN BY JACK CUST (32) TO CENTER WITH 1 OUT IN THE
    6TH OFF MATT HARRISON.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2, TEXAS 5
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: B CROSBY (.241, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics 2, Rangers 5  Top 6, 0 OutsSep 24 3:38 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED GERALD LAIRD AND GERMAN
    DURAN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    TEXAS 5 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.302, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics 1, Rangers 5  Bot 5, 0 OutsSep 24 3:28 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY CLIFF PENNINGTON SCORED DARIC BARTON.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, C PENNINGTON ON FIRST, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 1
    TEXAS 0 TOP, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: R BOWEN (.172, 1 HR, 8 RBI)

    Athletics 1, Rangers 0  Top 2, 0 OutsSep 24 2:28 PM