10:05 PM ET, May 29, 2007
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
• Summary: Sammy Sosa lined a two-run single to left that got by a charging Shannon Stewart, breaking a scoreless tie in the sixth and helping the Texas Rangers end a season-worst six-game skid.
• Heroes: Marlon Byrd singled in a run during that four-run sixth for one of his three hits and Mike Wood pitched five innings in an impressive spot start against his former club.
• Milestone watch: Sosa went 1-for-4 with a strikeout and remained stuck at 598 home runs, but ended an 0-for-8 stretch with the single.
• Figure this: Texas avoided its first seven-game losing streak since dropping eight in a row from Aug. 8-16, 2005.
• Quotable: "I pitched the same way all three times to Sosa. It was the right move to make to put [Mark] Teixeira on and look for the double play ball. It was just a mistake pitch on my part and you can't do that to a hitter of his caliber." -- A's starting pitcher Lenny DiNardo
-- ESPN.com news services
Rangers 4, Athletics 0
Oakland hadn't been blanked since April 25 at Seattle. ... Wood is 3-0 in three starts and four career appearances against the A's, all at the Coliseum. ... A's C Jason Kendall got the night off and Adam Melhuse made a rare start. ... Oakland RHP Esteban Loaiza, who hasn't pitched this season because of a neck and knee injury, will undergo arthroscopic surgery Thursday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. ... The Rangers have scored 26 runs in their last seven games after scoring 28 -- 14 in each -- during their previous two contests.
Regular Season Series
|Texas leads 10-9 (as of Tue 5/29)|
|Fri 4/20||OAK 16, @TEX 4||Recap|
|Sat 4/21||@TEX 7, OAK 0||Recap|
|Sun 4/22||@TEX 4, OAK 3||Recap|
|Mon 5/28||@OAK 5, TEX 3||Recap|
|» Tue 5/29||TEX 4, @OAK 0||Box Score|
|Wed 5/30||@OAK 6, TEX 1||Recap|
|Mon 7/16||TEX 4, @OAK 1||Recap|
|Tue 7/17||TEX 11, @OAK 4||Recap|
|Wed 7/18||@OAK 6, TEX 0||Recap|
|Mon 8/6||OAK 9, @TEX 7||Recap|
|Tue 8/7||@TEX 8, OAK 6||Recap|
|Wed 8/8||OAK 6, @TEX 3||Recap|
|Fri 9/7||@TEX 5, OAK 3||Recap|
|Sat 9/8||@TEX 7, OAK 3||Recap|
|Sun 9/9||@TEX 12, OAK 9||Recap|
|Thu 9/13||@OAK 6, TEX 5||Recap|
|Fri 9/14||@OAK 11, TEX 9||Recap|
|Sat 9/15||@OAK 7, TEX 3||Recap|
|Sun 9/16||TEX 11, @OAK 9||Recap|
|Complete Schedule: Rangers | Athletics|
|6th||S Sosa singled to left, M Kata, I Kinsler and M Teixeira scored, S Sosa to second on error by left fielder S Stewart.||3||0|
|6th||M Byrd singled to center, S Sosa scored.||4||0|
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|Stadium||O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CA|
|Attendance||18,006 (51.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity|
|Weather||59 degrees, partly cloudy|
|Umpires||Home Plate - Kerwin Danley, First Base - Mike Muchlinski, Second Base - Dana Demuth, Third Base - Derryl Cousins|