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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.
"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.
"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.
|Josh Hamilton is the first to 100 RBI in the majors after his two-run homer. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||1||2||1||1||0||0||.326|
|Michael Young, SS||5||1||3||2||0||1||1||.298|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||5||2||2||2||1||0||2||.306|
|Milton Bradley, DH||2||1||1||0||4||0||0||.311|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||6||1||1||2||0||3||8||.272|
|Marlon Byrd, RF||6||1||2||1||0||0||3||.247|
|David Murphy, LF||5||2||2||3||1||0||2||.275|
|Chris Davis, 1B||6||3||3||2||0||2||4||.294|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||4||2||1||0||1||1||2||.224|
|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|
|Outfield Assists - David Murphy 1|
|DP - Kinsler-Young-Davis|
|Vicente Padilla (W,12-5)||6||7||5||5||4||9||0||4.56|
|Frank Francisco (H,10)||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||3.32|
|Eddie Guardado (H,22)||1||0||0||0||1||1||0||3.55|
|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|
|Ryan Sweeney, RF||4||1||2||0||0||1||2||.309|
|a- Matt Murton, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.197|
|Kurt Suzuki, C||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.289|
|b- Rob Bowen, PH||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.196|
|Jack Cust, DH||4||1||0||0||1||4||3||.223|
|Emil Brown, LF||4||0||0||0||1||1||5||.247|
|Carlos Gonzalez, CF||3||1||1||1||1||0||2||.271|
|Mark Ellis, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||2||4||.232|
|Bobby Crosby, SS||3||1||0||1||1||2||1||.251|
|Jack Hannahan, 1B||3||1||2||2||1||0||0||.231|
|Brooks Conrad, 3B||4||0||2||2||0||1||1||.143|
|a-popped out for Sweeney in the 9th|
|b-hit by pitch for Suzuki in the 9th|
|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|
|PB - Kurt Suzuki (4)|
|E - Brooks Conrad (1, Throwing)|
|Jerry Blevins (L,0-1)||1.1||1||1||1||0||2||0||0.90|
|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|
|Attendance - 20141|
|Game Time - 3:09|
|Temperature - 69|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Jerry Meals, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Angel Campos|