Oakland 3, Texas 1

Boxscore | Recap
Sunday, July 1, 2012 7:05 PM
Location - Rangers Ballpark in Arlington
Temperature - 83°
Umpires - Home Plate - Manny Gonzalez, First Base - Greg Gibson, Second Base - Gerry Davis, Third Base - Phil Cuzzi,
Attendance - 45741

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 X R H E
Oakland 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 3 6 1
Texas 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 8 0

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Oakland 38-42 19-19 19-23 W1
Texas 50-30 27-15 23-15 L1

Recap

Athletics 3, Rangers 1: Travis Blackley tossed seven strong innings and Brandon Moss homered as Oakland avoided a four-game sweep at Texas.

The Athletics took the lead in the top of the sixth inning when Jemile Weeks reached on a fielder’s choice, took third on a double by Yoenis Cespedes and scored on a wild pitch by Yu Darvish (10-5). Brandon Moss then hit the first pitch of the seventh inning over the right-field fence to pad Oakland’s margin.

Blackley (2-2) scattered seven hits while striking out three without a walk. He wiggled his way out of a third-inning jam and retired 12 of the last 14 hitters he faced. An error by Oakland third baseman Brandon Inge allowed Texas to bring the go-ahead run to the plate against Grant Balfour in the eighth inning, but Jerry Blevins got Josh Hamilton to pop up for the final out and Ryan Cook worked a 1-2-3 ninth for his seventh save.

After managing just one hit through the first four innings, Oakland finally cracked Darvish in the fifth. Seth Smith led off with a double and scored on a base hit to left by Derek Norris, tying the game at 1-1. The Rangers had drawn first blood on an RBI single by Elvis Andrus in the third inning.

Darvish gave up five hits and walked three in his seven innings, striking out 11.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Blackley has allowed just six runs in his last 28 innings of work ... Darvish reached double digits in strikeouts for the third time in his last four starts and the fifth time this season ... Hamilton, who batted just .223 in June, went 0-for-4 Sunday to drop his average to .314 ... Oakland rookie Cook was named to the American League All-Star team Sunday, joining seven Rangers — Andrus, Adrian Beltre, Hamilton, Matt Harrison, Ian Kinsler, Mike Napoli and Joe Nathan — on the roster.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Oakland   Texas
Travis Blackley Player Yu Darvish
Win W/L Loss
7.0 IP 7.0
3 Strikeouts 11
7 Hits 5
1.29 ERA 3.86
Hitting
Oakland   Texas
Brandon Moss Player Yorvit Torrealba
1 Hits 2
1 RBI 0
1 HR 0
4 TB 2
.333 Avg .667

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Oakland 6 1 12 .194 17 11 2 3 0 1
Texas 8 0 11 .242 11 3 1 0 0 0

Upcoming Games

  • Texas will play their next game on the road against Chi. White Sox. The Rangers have a W/L % of .549 after a win and .759 after a loss.
  • Oakland will play their next game at home against Boston. The Athletics have a W/L % of .486 after a win and .465 after a loss.