Rangers Win 5th Straight; Scoreless streak ends at 33 innings
The Texas Rangers took the field in the hope of continuing their scoreless streak, but the night didn't start well for the hometown boys. After only 12 pitches, Ranger starter Kevin Millwood had to leave the game with a groin injury.
Long relief man Josh Rupe tried to preserve the shutout streak. However in the third inning, Oakland pushed a run across following an Ian Kinsler throwing error. The Rangers consecutive scoreless streak came to an end at 33. The major league record is still held by the 1903 Pittsburgh Pirates at 52 innings.
Milton Bradley provided the early offense for the Rangers. In the first inning, he hit a two-out double that scored Josh Hamilton. In the third, he hit a two-run homer onto the grassy hill in center field.
Oakland would pull within one a half-inning later, but another two-out single by Josh Hamilton in the seventh extended the Ranger lead to 4-2. Hamilton leads the league with 38 RBI.
The Rangers would tack on two more in the eighth behind German Duran's (pictured above) first career double, scoring Frank Catalanotto; and an RBI single by Kinsler scoring Duran.
The eighth inning would prove vital to the Rangers' win as Frank Thomas would drive in two runs for Oakland in the ninth. The rally fell short, and the Rangers defeated the Athletics 6-4, pulling the Rangers to within four games on the AL West lead and within two games of a .500 record.
The Rangers and Athletics will wrap up their series today at 2:05 Central Time. The Rangers look to improve their longest winning streak of the season with Sidney Ponson on the mound. Oakland is expected to activate Rich Harden off the DL for the game.
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