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Hamilton reaches 100 RBI on 23rd HR; Texas overcomes five-run deficit

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Josh Hamilton piled up RBI throughout the first half and reached 100 for the first time in his career Friday night.

The Texas Rangers slugger is ready to add to his impressive total, too.

Hamilton hit a two-run homer to reach the century mark in his 99th game of the season and Texas overcame a five-run deficit to beat the Oakland Athletics 14-6.

"It's nice to get it under your belt, especially the first one," Hamilton said with a grin. "We just try to hit the ball hard all the time and we feed off each other."

Chris Davis added three hits and a home run for Texas, which won for the fifth time in seven games and moved into second in the AL West. Vicente Padilla (12-5) went six innings for his second win in as many starts since coming off the disabled list.

"You can't hold us down for long," outfielder Marlon Byrd said.

A's reliever Brad Ziegler pitched 1 1/3 scoreless innings to match Philadelphia Phillies right-hander George McQuillan's 101-year-old major league record with 25 scoreless innings at the start of a career.

"There are a lot of major league pitchers who have made their debuts since 1907," Ziegler said. "Hopefully I can get an out before I give up a run. It's exciting one way or another."

Jack Hannahan drove in two runs for Oakland, which has lost eight of nine to fall into third. The A's are a half-game behind the Rangers and 11 back of the division-leading Los Angeles Angels.

Hamilton capped off Texas' five-run fourth with his 23rd homer, hitting Sean Gallagher's first pitch over the right-field fence to tie it at 5.

David Murphy also hit a two-run homer in the inning and Michael Young had a sacrifice fly.

"I think rhythm-wise it got us back in the ballgame," Rangers manager Ron Washington said.

The Rangers went ahead for good in the seventh. Davis reached on a one-out double against Jerry Blevins (0-1), who struck out Jarrod Saltalamacchia before Ziegler entered and surrendered a go-ahead RBI single to Ian Kinsler.

Texas added a season-high eight runs against Alan Embree and Andrew Brown in the ninth, two on Davis' homer.

"It was an ugly finish," A's manager Bob Geren said. "We went into the last inning one run down."

Padilla, who threw seven shutout innings in Minnesota on Sunday, gave up five runs and seven hits. He struck out nine after fanning eight in his previous four starts combined.

"After we scored five runs he started locating better," Geren said. "He's a tough pitcher and he settled down."

The A's scored five runs in the third on five hits and a walk. Hannahan had a two-run single, Bobby Crosby walked with the bases loaded and Carlos Gonzalez and Brooks Conrad had RBI singles. It was Conrad's first major league hit and RBI.

Gallagher lasted 5 1/3 innings, allowing five runs -- one earned -- and nine hits. He walked five and struck out five.

Notes

  • A's slugger Jack Cust walked once and struck out four times to extend his AL lead in both categories to 73 and 130 respectively.
  • Texas RHP Joaquin Benoit (right shoulder) faced five batters, allowing three hits, walking two and throwing a wild pitch, in his first rehab appearance for Double-A Frisco. Benoit threw 20 pitches, nine for strikes. Veteran MLB umpire Randy Marsh, also on rehab, was behind the plate.
  • Conrad was hitless in his first 11 at-bats before singling in the third.
  • A's DH Frank Thomas (right quadriceps) ran for the first time since he went on the DL.
  • A's RHP Joey Devine threw a simulated game and is slated for a rehab start on Monday.
  • The A's allowed their most runs in a game and an inning.
  • Padilla has a five-game winning streak against the A's.
 
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Josh Hamilton is the first to 100 RBI in the majors after his two-run homer.  (US Presswire)
Josh Hamilton is the first to 100 RBI in the majors after his two-run homer. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Texas

J. Hamilton
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Oakland

J. Hannahan
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
 

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4121100 .326
Michael Young, SS5132011 .298
Josh Hamilton, CF5222102 .306
Milton Bradley, DH2110400 .311
Hank Blalock, 3B6112038 .272
Marlon Byrd, RF6121003 .247
David Murphy, LF5223102 .275
Chris Davis, 1B6332024 .294
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4210112 .224
Totals4314171387  
Batting
2B - Michael Young (25, A. Brown), Josh Hamilton (23, Gallagher), Marlon Byrd (11, A. Brown), Chris Davis (5, Blevins)
HR - Josh Hamilton (23, Gallagher), David Murphy (14, Gallagher), Chris Davis (9, Embree)
SF - Michael Young (5)
SH - Ian Kinsler (7)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (61), Michael Young 2 (56), Josh Hamilton 2 (100), Hank Blalock 2 (12), Marlon Byrd (17), David Murphy 3 (64), Chris Davis 2 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler (27), Josh Hamilton 2 (39)
Team LOB - 12
Fielding
Outfield Assists - David Murphy 1
DP - Kinsler-Young-Davis
Texas Rangers
Vicente Padilla (W,12-5) 6755490 4.56
Frank Francisco (H,10) 1000010 3.32
Eddie Guardado (H,22) 1000110 3.55
Jamey Wright 1211010 4.58
HBP - Bowen (by Jamey Wright)
Pitches-Strikes - Vicente Padilla 110-70, Frank Francisco 10-6, Eddie Guardado 18-11, Jamey Wright 22-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Vicente Padilla 1-7, Frank Francisco 1-1, Eddie Guardado 1-0, Jamey Wright 1-1
Batters Faced - Vicente Padilla 28, Frank Francisco 3, Eddie Guardado 3, Jamey Wright 6
Oakland Athletics
Ryan Sweeney, RF4120012 .309
   a- Matt Murton, PH1000001 .197
Kurt Suzuki, C4120010 .289
   b- Rob Bowen, PH0000000 .196
Jack Cust, DH4100143 .223
Emil Brown, LF4000115 .247
Carlos Gonzalez, CF3111102 .271
Mark Ellis, 2B4000024 .232
Bobby Crosby, SS3101121 .251
Jack Hannahan, 1B3122100 .231
Brooks Conrad, 3B4022011 .143
Totals34696512  
a-popped out for Sweeney in the 9th
b-hit by pitch for Suzuki in the 9th
Batting
2B - Ryan Sweeney (10, Padilla), Kurt Suzuki (18, Padilla), Jack Hannahan (20, Wright)
RBI - Carlos Gonzalez (18), Bobby Crosby (40), Jack Hannahan 2 (35), Brooks Conrad 2 (2)
2-OUT RBI - Bobby Crosby (17), Jack Hannahan 2 (13), Brooks Conrad (1)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
PB - Kurt Suzuki (4)
E - Brooks Conrad (1, Throwing)
Oakland Athletics
Sean Gallagher 5.1951552 4.03
Jerry Blevins (L,0-1) 1.1111020 0.90
Brad Ziegler 1.1100000 0.00
Alan Embree 0.1344101 5.17
Andrew Brown 0.2344200 3.09
IBB - Bradley by Sean Gallagher, Hamilton by Andrew Brown
Pitches-Strikes - Sean Gallagher 102-59, Jerry Blevins 18-12, Brad Ziegler 13-9, Alan Embree 24-15, Andrew Brown 27-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Sean Gallagher 5-7, Jerry Blevins 1-1, Brad Ziegler 2-2, Alan Embree 1-0, Andrew Brown 2-0
Batters Faced - Sean Gallagher 31, Jerry Blevins 5, Brad Ziegler 5, Alan Embree 5, Andrew Brown 7
Game Information
Attendance - 20141
Game Time - 3:09
Temperature - 69
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Angel Campos