Lee Earns 10th Win, Rangers Cruise 5-1

Cliff Lee pitched eight innings, striking out eight while walking none and giving up one run en route to his 10th win of the year. Josh Hamilton hit his 24th home run of the year and Taylor Teagarden added his second homer of the year in the 5-1 victory over the A's.

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Official Recap: Rangers 5, A's 1

Oakland, CA (Sports Network) – Taylor Teagarden hit a two-run homer and Cliff Lee was solid in eight innings on the mound, as the Texas Rangers took down the Oakland Athletics, 5-1, in the opener of a three-game series at the Coliseum.

Lee (10-5) gave up just one run on seven hits in another strong outing. The left-hander has now pitched at least eight innings over his last 10 starts, the longest run by any pitcher since Pat Hentgen’s 12-game run for Toronto in 1996.

Josh Hamilton hit a solo homer for the Rangers, who have won three in a row and seven of 11 overall. Elvis Andrus scored a run and drove in a run for the victors.

Kurt Suzuki had the lone RBI for the Athletics, who trail Texas by 9 1/2 games in the AL West standings.

Dallas Braden (6-8) went six frames in the start, allowing four runs on five hits to take the loss.

The A's got their only run of the game in the first. Daric Barton hit a one- out triple and scored on Suzuki's double to left.

Texas got a run of its own in the third to tie the game. Teagarden hit a two- out double and raced home on Andrus' two-bagger to center.

Hamilton's solo homer to right-center in the fourth gave the Rangers a 2-1 edge.

Texas added two more runs in the fifth on Teagarden's blast. Cristian Guzman reached base on an infield single and scored when Teagarden blasted a 1-2 changeup over the wall in left-center field.

Andrus scored on a Brad Ziegler balk in the top of the eighth to make it 5-1.

Lee's amazing streak almost came to an end in the home eighth. His pitch count was over 100 after giving up consecutive two-out singles to Barton and Suzuki. Kevin Kouzmanoff struck out to keep Lee's streak alive.

Frank Francisco pitched a scoreless ninth for Texas to seal the win.

Game Notes

Texas has won six of its 10 matchups with the A's this season...Lee hasn't lost back-to-back starts all season. He struck out eight and did not issue a walk on Friday...Braden fell to 1-4 lifetime against the Rangers.

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Texas Opens Series With Second Place Oakland

(Sports Network) - Cliff Lee tries to avoid his first losing streak of the season this evening when the Texas Rangers start a three-game series with the Oakland Athletics at the Coliseum.

Lee hasn't lost back-to-back starts all season, but enters tonight's tilt after getting beat by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in his last start to fall to 1-2 with the Rangers. He allowed four runs and nine hits in the complete-game effort and went at least eight innings for the ninth straight start while lowering his American League-leading earned run average to 2.51.

The nine straight starts in which Lee has pitched at least eight innings is the longest such streak in the majors since Pat Hentgen�s 12-game run for Toronto in 1996.

Lee, who is 9-5 overall on the year, had picked up his first win as a Ranger in his previous effort against the A's, as he went nine innings, allowing just an unearned run and five hits, while striking out a career-high 13 in the 3-1, 10-inning win back on July 27. He is 4-2 lifetime against the A's with a 2.26 ERA in 11 games (10 starts).

The Rangers took two of three from Seattle and blanked the Mariners, 6-0, on Thursday behind 6 1/3 scoreless innings from Tommy Hunter. David Murphy homered, while Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz each collected two hits with an RBI for Texas, which had lost three of four before winning the final two games of the series.

Oakland, meanwhile, has kept its fading postseason hopes alive with its strong play at home, where it has won eight of its last 11. The Athletics' strong play in front of their fans continued this week as it kicked off six-game homestand by taking two of three from the Kansas City Royals.

The A's, though, have their work cut out for them, as they still sit 8 1/2 games back of the Rangers in the division.

Hoping to cut into that lead for Oakland tonight will be lefty Dallas Braden, who has won his last two starts. Braden went the distance to beat the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, as he allowed two runs and eight hits to improve to 6-7 to go along with a 3.63 ERA.

Braden lost to the Rangers the last time he faced them and is 1-3 in nine games (six starts) against them with a 3.86 ERA.

Texas has won five of its nine matchups with the A's this season.

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