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Rangers' Hamilton homers for first time since late Aug.

CBSSports.com wire reports
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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton looked ready for the playoffs.

Hamilton hit his first homer in more than a month and had three RBI, C.J. Wilson pitched five effective innings and the AL West champion Texas Rangers tuned up for the postseason with a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.

Postseason Chase

Hamilton's two-run drive in the fifth off Ervin Santana (17-10) was his 32nd homer of the season, matching a career high and giving Texas a 3-2 lead.

Hamilton, who leads the majors with a .360 batting average, went 2 for 4 as the designated hitter in his second game back after missing 24 with two broken ribs.

"I felt good. I felt calm," said Hamilton, who reached 100 RBI for the season. "The result was there tonight."

The slugger grounded sharply into a double play in the first, lined out to center in the third, then ripped a 1-1 pitch into the right-field seats for his first homer since Aug. 29 against Oakland.

Hitless in three at-bats in his return Friday night, Hamilton added a sacrifice fly in a three-run seventh as the Rangers stretched their advantage to 6-2.

Nothing Hamilton does surprises Texas manager Ron Washington.

"It takes a guy with less talent maybe 15 or 20 at-bats," Washington said. "With Ham, he had three last night and his second one today he was locked in. We're so happy to have him back."

Michael Young, who went 3 for 4, had a sacrifice fly in the fifth to open Texas' scoring.

Peter Bourjos led off the game with a triple and the first five Angels reached base against Wilson. Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead on RBI singles by Torii Hunter and Howie Kendrick.

But Wilson (15-8) settled down to retire 15 of his next 16 hitters.

"It's great to come back and finish after a rough start," Wilson said. "I made the adjustment and steered my way through a pretty good lineup."

Neftali Feliz got three outs for his 40th save in 43 chances, extending his major league rookie record.

Wilson, scheduled as Texas' No. 2 starter in the first round of the playoffs against Tampa Bay or the New York Yankees, allowed two runs and four hits with four strikeouts and two walks.

Santana gave up five runs and nine hits in 6 1/3 innings. He'd won nine of his previous 11 decisions and was 3-0 with a 2.35 ERA in his first three starts against Texas this season.

"He had a terrific season for us," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's a shame he couldn't finish better. He battled and gave us a chance but he couldn't make some pitches in the fifth."

The Angels (79-82) are assured their first losing season since 2003.

Texas (90-71) will fall short of the goal of 92 wins set by team president Nolan Ryan before the season.

"We missed the prediction of 92, but 90 sounds better than 89," Washington said.

Notes

  • Hamilton also had 32 homers for Texas in 2008.
  • Rangers 1B Jorge Cantu was back with the team after missing a game due to the flu, but 1B Chris Davis was still out with the same illness.
  • Texas OF David Murphy reported some improvement with his strained left groin as he tries to get ready for the playoffs. Murphy said the real test will come next week when he tries to run full speed. "I'm cautiously optimistic," he said.
  • RHP Dan Haren will make his scheduled start for the Angels on Sunday. There'd been concern over Haren's workload of 222 innings, but Haren said he feels strong.
  • Washington will go with a seven-man bullpen for the playoffs, and he said three spots have yet to be decided. Right-handers Feliz, Darren O'Day and Alexi Ogando are locks along with lefty Darren Oliver.
 
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Josh Hamilton might be heating up at the right time. He blasts his first HR in more than a month and right before the playoffs. (AP)
Josh Hamilton might be heating up at the right time. He blasts his first HR in more than a month and right before the playoffs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

J. Hamilton
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Anaheim

H. Kendrick
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Peter Bourjos, CF4110001 .203
Reggie Willits, LF3100121 .258
Torii Hunter, DH4011020 .282
Juan Rivera, RF3000110 .252
Howard Kendrick, 2B4021000 .281
Maicer Izturis, 3B4010004 .250
Mike Napoli, 1B3000114 .238
Erick Aybar, SS4010015 .251
Jeff Mathis, C2000001 .195
   a- Alberto Callaspo, PH1000001 .265
Totals3226237  
a-grounded into a double play for Mathis in the 9th
Batting
2B - Howard Kendrick (41, Holland)
3B - Peter Bourjos (4, Wilson)
RBI - Torii Hunter (90), Howard Kendrick (75)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Aybar-Napoli
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ervin Santana (L,17-10) 6.1955311 3.92
Francisco Rodriguez 0.1111300 4.37
Bobby Cassevah 0.1000000 3.15
Jason Bulger 1100010 4.88
IBB - Moreland by Francisco Rodriguez
WP - Ervin Santana (11), Francisco Rodriguez (8)
Pitches-Strikes - Ervin Santana 104-66, Francisco Rodriguez 23-8, Bobby Cassevah 3-3, Jason Bulger 22-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ervin Santana 7-10, Bobby Cassevah 1-0
Batters Faced - Ervin Santana 30, Francisco Rodriguez 5, Bobby Cassevah 1, Jason Bulger 4
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, SS4220100 .267
Michael Young, 3B4131000 .285
Josh Hamilton, DH4123003 .360
Vladimir Guerrero, RF4021002 .301
    Jeff Francoeur, PR-RF1100011 .248
Nelson Cruz, LF4020001 .317
Ian Kinsler, 2B3000103 .285
Mitch Moreland, 1B2000210 .250
Matt Treanor, C3001102 .213
Julio Borbon, CF3100103 .276
Totals32611662  
Batting
2B - Nelson Cruz (31, Santana)
HR - Josh Hamilton (32, Santana)
SF - Michael Young (11), Josh Hamilton (4)
RBI - Michael Young (91), Josh Hamilton 3 (100), Vladimir Guerrero (115), Matt Treanor (27)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Hamilton 2 (33), Matt Treanor (16)
Team LOB - 10
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Andrus-Moreland
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson (W,15-8) 5422240 3.35
Derek Holland (H,1) 2100010 4.08
Darren O'Day 1000020 2.03
Clay Rapada0100100 4.00
Neftali Feliz (S,40) 1000000 2.73
HBP - Mathis (by Derek Holland)
Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 82-47, Derek Holland 34-18, Darren O'Day 15-11, Clay Rapada 8-3, Neftali Feliz 3-3
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 7-4, Derek Holland 2-3, Neftali Feliz 1-1
Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 21, Derek Holland 8, Darren O'Day 3, Clay Rapada 2, Neftali Feliz 2
Game Information
Attendance - 45893
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 79
Umpires - Home - Tom Hallion, First Base - Mark Ripperger, Second Base - Lance Barksdale, Third Base - Ed Rapuano