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Blanton, Athletics hold on

Swisher, Chavez homer for Oakland

April 25, 2006

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— Nick Swisher and Eric Chavez hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth, and Joe Blanton pitched six solid innings, helping Oakland beat Texas, 3-2, on Monday night.

Swisher homered for the third straight game - a two-run shot off Texas reliever C.J. Wilson (1-1). It was Swisher's ninth homer of the season and gave Oakland a 2-1 lead. Chavez hit his eighth two pitches later off Wilson.

Kevin Mench, who was 3-for-4, hit his fourth home run and added an RBI single for Texas. He has homered in four consecutive games.

"We're fighting for wins right now," Swisher said. "We have too much talent on this team not to be winning ballgames."

Oakland, which left 10 men on base before the sixth inning, had lost nine of 12. Texas saw its four-game winning streak end.

Blanton (2-2) allowed two runs and eight hits in six innings. He struck out two and walked one.

After the Rangers closed within 3-2 on Mench's run-scoring single, Brad Wilkerson singled to move Mench to third with one out in the sixth.

But Blanton, who had given up 14 runs over his last two starts, escaped trouble when Rod Barajas bounced into an inning-ending double play.

"I was just trying to get a pitch on the outer half, some what down," Blanton said. "I was hoping to get a strikeout or even better, a double play."

Angels 3, Tigers 0

Anaheim, Calif. - Ervin Santana outpitched Kenny Rogers with six sharp innings, Tim Salmon homered and drove in two runs, and the Angels snapped the Tigers' five-game winning streak. Santana (2-0) threw 111 pitches, combining with three relievers on the Angels' first shutout of the season. The right-hander scattered five hits, set a career high with 10 strikeouts and escaped a bases-loaded jam in the third.

Mariners 4, White Sox 3,

11 innings

Seattle - Yuniesky Betancourt singled with two outs in the 11th, ending Chicago's eight-game winning streak.

Chicago intentionally walked Jeremy Reed in front of Betancourt even though Reed was 2-for-16 in the past week. Betancourt was 7-for-18 during the same span.

The White Sox tied the game with two outs in the ninth on Brian Anderson's homer off closer Eddie Guardado.

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