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Dallas Braden Outduels Cliff Lee, Rangers Lose 5-0

(Sports Network) - Dallas Braden allowed one hit over eight shutout innings and retired 19 straight batters at one point, as Oakland beat Texas, 5-0, to start a crucial four-game series for the Athletics.

Steve Tolleson had two hits and drove in his first major league run. Jack Cust, Chris Carter and Matt Carson each had an RBI for the A's, who are seven games behind the AL West-leading Rangers with just 10 games remaining. Oakland desperately needs to sweep this series to have any hope of catching the Rangers, who are nearing their first division title since 1999.

Braden (10-13), who had lost his previous four starts, surrendered a single to Nelson Cruz with two outs in the first inning, but the lefty set down the ensuing 19 batters and finished the game with two walks and seven strikeouts.

Brad Ziegler fanned two batters in the ninth to finish the combined one- hitter.

Cliff Lee (12-9) was touched for six hits and four runs over five frames for the Rangers, who still have a magic number of four to win the division. Texas lost for the fifth time in seven contests.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.