Hank Blalock went 3-for-5 with a homer and four RBI, and C.J. Wilson and Frank Francisco made a one-run lead hold up over the final 2 1/3 innings as the Rangers outlasted Oakland 9-8 at McAfee Coliseum.
The Rangers led 4-0, but saw the A's rally in the fourth to take a 5-4 lead. The Rangers, though, scored four unearned runs in the fifth and added another in the sixth for just enough cushion to win for the second time in three nights against Oakland.
Tommy Hunter improved to 9-4 even though he allowed seven runs on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.
-- Jeff Wilson