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September 26, 2010

Rangers 16, A's 9 (F)

OAKLAND, Calif - The Texas Rangers finally found the right lineup to beat Oakland's Trevor Cahill.

With most of the regulars resting following Saturday's American League West clinching victory, the Rangers pounded the A's ace on their way to a 16-9 victory.

Cahill came into the game with a 6-1 record against the Rangers and a 1.55 ERA. Sunday he allowed a career high 12 hits and was touched for seven earned runs in just four innings. He had allowed nine earned runs in his career against the Rangers before Sunday.

At least Cahill wasn't the lone Oakland pitcher to have pain inflicted upon him by the Rangers.

Texas set season highs in runs scored and hits (22). Eight starters had at least two hits as the Rangers scored their most runs since April 15, 2009.

Mitch Moreland keyed the offensive outburst, hitting a pair of two-run homers on his way to a three hit, five RBIs game.

Jeff Francoeur hit a solo homer on his way to four hits and four RBIs. David Murphy added a three-run homer in the sixth. He finished with four RBIs.

That was more than enough support for right-hander Colby Lewis, who improved to 12-13 after allowing one run in six innings. Lewis struck out six, giving him 192 on the season. That's the seventh highest single-season total in franchise history.

The Rangers led 9-1 before Oakland scored six runs in the eighth inning off Matt Harrison and Pedro Strop. All six runs scored with two outs, but the Rangers answered that with seven runs in the ninth.

Ian Kinsler was one of the regular who didn't play. Kinsler dropped his appeal of his one-game suspension and served it Sunday.

- Anthony Andro


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