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Texas at Oakland

W: C. Young (3-2) L: K. Saarloos (1-2)
HR: TEX - None   OAK - E. Durazo (3)

Rangers 6, Athletics 1

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The more baserunners he allowed, the better Chris Young pitched.

Young escaped several jams Tuesday night, leading the Texas Rangers to a 6-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

"I struggled until I got into trouble and then I found the pitches to make," Young said. "I was mixing my pitches better. I felt that (having runners on) was the only time I pitched well."

Young (3-2) allowed seven hits but did not give up a run in 5 2/3 innings to earn his third win in his last four starts. He walked three and struck out three, throwing a season-high 112 pitches.

"Chris bent but he didn't break," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said. "And the bullpen did a real nice job."

Alfonso Soriano and Rod Barajas each drove in two runs for the Rangers, who beat the A's for the second straight day and the eighth time in 11 meetings. They will attempt to complete their first series sweep of the season on Wednesday.

Erubiel Durazo homered and Eric Chavez had two hits for Oakland in the Athletics' second straight loss.

Soriano, moved out of the leadoff spot Friday against Boston, had two hits in his previous 21 at-bats before singling in two runs during a five-run sixth.

"I was going to wait until I got a pitch in my zone," Soriano said. "I just wanted to put the ball in play somewhere. I got a pitch over the middle on the first pitch and went after it."

Young left after giving up a two-out hit to Eric Byrnes that loaded the bases in the sixth. Nick Regilio got Adam Melhuse on a comebacker to end the threat.

"The last time I came in to pitch, I had runners on first and second and didn't get the job done," Regilio said. "That bothered me a lot. I don't like giving up the starter's runs. This time I just tried to keep the ball down and he rolled over it."

Ron Mahay -- who allowed Durazo's homer -- Doug Brocail and Brian Shouse each pitched an inning to finish off the A's.

Oakland starter Kirk Saarloos (1-2) took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, retiring the first nine batters he faced, and left after giving up four runs on three hits and four walks in five-plus innings.

"I don't see much encouraging, I just see a loss," Saarloos said. "Eventually they got me."

Saarloos, 0-2 with a 7.58 ERA at home, walked Hank Blalock to load the bases with no outs in the sixth.

Justin Duchscherer replaced Saarloos and allowed Soriano's single on his first pitch. Duchscherer later hit Richard

Hidalgo with the bases loaded to force in a run. Gary Matthews and Barajas also drove in runs.

Barajas also doubled in a run in the fifth.

Durazo led off the eighth with his third home run of the season, just the second in nine games for the A's and their fifth at home.


Rangers outfielder David Dellucci has reached base in all five games in which he has batted in the leadoff position. ... A's outfielder Eric Byrnes is hitting .400 (8-for-20) when batting second and .070 (3-for-43) when batting elsewhere in the order. ... The Rangers had two sacrifice flies after hitting three in their first 27 games. ... Duchscherer allowed his first earned runs in nine appearances. ... The A's have committed eight errors in their last eight games and have a 3-11 record when making an error.
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Players of the Game

A. Soriano
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 0

G. Matthews
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Texas Rangers
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Michael Young, SS4100111 .259
Mark Teixeira, 1B5110011 .256
Hank Blalock, 3B2110200 .248
Alfonso Soriano, 2B4112003 .256
Laynce Nix, CF4110010 .319
Richard Hidalgo, RF3001000 .167
Gary Matthews Jr., LF3121000 .229
Rod Barajas, C3012001 .222
2B - Mark Teixeira (6, Saarloos), Hank Blalock (8, Street), Gary Matthews Jr. (3, Cruz), Rod Barajas (6, Saarloos)
SF - Gary Matthews Jr. (1), Rod Barajas (1)
RBI - Alfonso Soriano 2 (12), Richard Hidalgo (10), Gary Matthews Jr. (5), Rod Barajas 2 (9)
2-OUT RBI - Rod Barajas (2)
SB - David Dellucci (3, 2nd base off Saarloos/Melhuse)
Team LOB - 6
DP - Young-Teixeira
Texas Rangers
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Nick Regilio 0.1000000 4.50
Ron Mahay 1211021 3.55
Doug Brocail 1000110 6.00
Brian Shouse 1000000 2.79
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 5-8, Nick Regilio 1-0, Doug Brocail 1-1, Brian Shouse 3-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 26, Nick Regilio 1, Ron Mahay 5, Doug Brocail 4, Brian Shouse 3
Oakland Athletics
Mark Kotsay, CF5010001 .301
Marco Scutaro, SS5010001 .263
Eric Chavez, 3B5020011 .210
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4010023 .258
Erubiel Durazo, DH2111201 .255
Mark Ellis, 2B3010103 .300
Bobby Kielty, RF3010103 .244
Eric Byrnes, LF4010013 .175
Adam Melhuse, C4000026 .083
2B - Mark Kotsay (7, Mahay), Marco Scutaro (5, C. Young)
HR - Erubiel Durazo (3, Mahay)
RBI - Erubiel Durazo (12)
Team LOB - 11
E - Kirk Saarloos (1, Wild throw on pickoff att)
Oakland Athletics
Kirk Saarloos (L,1-2) 5344400 5.64
Justin Duchscherer 1222010 1.53
Huston Street 1100010 2.63
Juan Cruz 1100010 10.13
Keiichi Yabu 1000010 0.79
HBP - Hidalgo (by Justin Duchscherer)
Pitches-Strikes - Kirk Saarloos 94-45, Justin Duchscherer 21-14, Huston Street 9-8, Juan Cruz 19-14, Keiichi Yabu 13-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kirk Saarloos 7-8, Huston Street 1-1, Juan Cruz 2-0, Keiichi Yabu 1-1
Batters Faced - Kirk Saarloos 22, Justin Duchscherer 6, Huston Street 4, Juan Cruz 4, Keiichi Yabu 3
Game Information
Attendance - 10427
Game Time - 2:57
Temperature - 62
Umpires - Home - Derryl Cousins, First Base - Jeff Nelson, Second Base - Bill Miller, Third Base - Joe Brinkman