Oakland, CA (Sports Network) - Behind six-plus strong innings from Alexi
Ogando and a three-run homer by Nelson Cruz, the Texas Rangers earned their
first series win in Oakland in nearly two years following Wednesday's 6-2
decision over the Athletics at the Coliseum.
Ogando (4-2) did not surrender a hit until Eric Sogard's leadoff double in the
bottom of the sixth and held the A's to two runs on four hits to help the
Rangers take two of three matchups in Oakland for the first time since Sept.
He received plenty of support from Cruz and Lance Berkman, who finished 2-
for-4 with a two-run single in Texas' sixth victory in its last seven games
Oakland, on the other hand, has now dropped eight of 10 after getting a shaky
effort from starting pitcher Dan Straily (1-2). The young right-hander was
reached for five runs -- four earned -- while issuing four walks and lasting
just 4 1/3 innings.
The Athletics also managed just five hits on offense. Coco Crisp, activated
from the 15-day disabled list prior to the game, and Derek Norris knocked in
the team's only runs.
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