Oakland 4, Texas 3

Boxscore | Recap
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 3:35 PM
Location - O.co Coliseum
Temperature - 63°
Umpires - Home Plate - Cory Blaser, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Dana DeMuth,
Attendance - 20249

Final Scoring Summary

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

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Texas 55-36 29-16 26-20 L1
Oakland 47-44 25-21 22-23 W1

Recap


Athletics 4, Rangers 3:
Brandon Hicks made his first major-league home run a big one with a solo blast in the bottom of the ninth inning that lifted Oakland past Texas and earned it a split of a two-game series.

Hicks, who came on as a pinch runner and scored the tying run in the seventh, got his first at-bat of the contest in the ninth against left-hander Michael Kirkman (0-1). Batting .147 with three extra base hits (all doubles) on the season, Hicks took a 1-1 offering from Kirkman and sent it over the wall in center field to give the Athletics their major-league leading ninth walk-off victory of the season.

Josh Reddick hit a two-run double to tie the game in the seventh and Brandon Inge homered for the Athletics, who have won four of five since the All-Star break.

All-Star closer Ryan Cook (3-2) worked the top of the ninth to earn the win.

Colby Lewis, who had been out since June 24 because of a right forearm injury, started for the Rangers and showed no signs of rust, yielding one run and three hits while walking a pair and striking out three in five innings. The right-hander was at 75 pitches when manager Ron Washington elected to go to the bullpen with a 3-1 lead.

Robbie Ross worked a scoreless sixth but was pulled after yielding a leadoff double to Inge in the seventh. Alexi Ogando came on and walked pinch hitter Chris Carter before retiring the next two.

Reddick came up next and worked the count to 3-2 before turning on a fastball and lacing it off the top of the wall in the right-center field gap for a two-run double, knotting the game at 3-3.

Texas had taken the lead on RBI singles by Michael Young and Nelson Cruz in the sixth.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Hicks is the fourth Oakland player to make his first career homer a walk-off blast. Derek Norris accomplished the feat last month. … The Rangers optioned LHP Martin Perez to Triple-A Round Rock to clear a roster spot for Lewis. … Oakland CF Coco Crisp (shoulder) returned to the lineup after sitting out the past three games. He went 1-for-3 with a pair of stolen bases and made a nice sliding catch coming in on a ball in the seventh inning.

Top Game Performances

Starting Pitchers
Texas   Oakland
Colby Lewis Player Travis Blackley
No Decision W/L No Decision
5.0 IP 5.1
3 Strikeouts 4
3 Hits 6
1.80 ERA 5.06
Hitting
Texas   Oakland
Nelson Cruz Player Brandon Inge
2 Hits 2
1 RBI 1
0 HR 1
3 TB 6
.667 Avg .500

Team Stats Summary

Team Hits HR TB Avg LOB K RBI BB SB Errors
Texas 8 0 10 .229 16 7 3 2 0 1
Oakland 7 2 15 .226 18 3 4 3 2 0

Upcoming Games

  • Oakland will play their next game at home against NY Yankees. The Athletics have a W/L % of .543 after a win and .489 after a loss.
  • Texas will play their next game on the road against LA Angels. The Rangers have a W/L % of .554 after a win and .686 after a loss.