Rangers get to Rich Harden early

August, 14, 2011
8/14/11
4:27
PM CT
The Rangers touched former temammate Rich Harden for three runs in the first and have a 3-0 lead in Oakland after three.

The A's starter hit leadoff batter Ian Kinsler in the elbow area, and Josh Hamilton followed with a single to right. Kinsler kept running and wound up at third base. He would score on a wild pitch.

Harden, who threw 38 pitches in the first, walked Mike Napoli with the bases loaded. Mitch Moreland followed with a sacrifice fly for the Rangers' three runs.

Elvis Andrus had a double in the second and has now hit safely in 16 of 17 games.

Rangers starter Matt Harrison escaped a bases-loaded jam in the bottom of the third, aided by a perfect throw home from Hamilton on Hideki Matsui's fly ball that kept the A's runners on base.

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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Adrian Beltre
BA HR RBI R
.324 19 77 79
OTHER LEADERS
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
WC. Lewis 10
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182