ARLINGTON -- Hank Blalock homered in his fourth straight game, Matt Harrison became the first Texas rookie left-hander to win nine games and the Rangers won their home finale, 14-4 over the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
Harrison (9-3) struck out seven over six innings. The only AL
starters with more victories than Harrison since he made his major
league debut July 8 are Cleveland's Cliff Lee (11) and Toronto's
A.J. Burnett (10).
Blalock's three-run homer, his 11th, erased a 1-0 deficit in the
fourth and put Texas ahead to stay. After Blalock was hit by a
pitch to start the sixth, Nelson Cruz homered on the next pitch to
chase Dana Eveland (9-9).
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