- The Washington Times - Thursday, March 19, 2009

SURPRISE, ARIZ. (AP) - The Texas Rangers’ latest win was a painful one.

Third baseman Hank Blalock tumbled into the Oakland dugout while chasing a foul ball Thursday, causing cuts above his left eyebrow and on the bridge of his nose. Relief pitcher Dustin Nippert left in the seventh inning with tightness in his upper back.

Still, the Rangers got a two-run homer from Marlon Byrd and beat the Athletics 8-5 for their fourth straight victory. Omar Vizquel had three of Texas’ 12 hits, including a two-run single.

Rangers starter Kris Benson faced 10 batters in the first inning, allowing four runs and four hits _ including Ryan Sweeney’s two-run triple. He also walked one and hit two batters with pitches.



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