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Blackley, Oakland top Texas, 3-1

Athletics avoid sweep against first-place Rangers

 

Oakland Athletics merchandise Travis Blackley worked seven strong innings and Oakland won a 3-1 pitcher’s duel to stave off a four-game sweep against first-place Texas on Sunday.

The Rangers (50-30) took a 1-0 lead in the third after back-to-back two out hits by Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus. Kinsler doubled to left before Andrus’ single to right.

After managing just one hit off Texas’ starter Yu Darvish over the first four innings, the Athletics (38-42) knotted the score with consecutive hits to open the fifth.

Seth Smith doubled to deep center and Derek Norris followed with the game-tying single.

Oakland proceeded to take the lead in the ensuing frame when Darvish delivered a wild pitch with two outs that allowed Jemile Weeks to score.

Brandon Moss’ homer to open the seventh provided what proved to be some unnecessary insurance.

Texas threatened in the eighth when they got two men on with one out against Athletics’ reliever Grant Balfour, but Balfour and then Jerry Blevins were able to escape the jam.

Ryan Cook came on to work a scoreless ninth and secure his seventh save.

Blackley, who struck out three and didn’t walked a batter, allowed seven hits and leveled his mark at 2-2.

Andrus, Cruz, and Torrealba all registered two-hit games for Texas, who outhit Oakland, 8-6. The Athletics didn’t have a player with more than a single hit.

 


 

By: Eric Sanchez
MLBCenter.com Staff Writer


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