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BALTIMORE -- After staging a dazzling long-ball performance in the first game of a doubleheader, the Baltimore Orioles were victimized in similar fashion by the hottest hitter in the nightcap.
In the opener, the Orioles set an AL record by hitting home runs in their first three at-bats and launched five in all against Colby Lewis in a 6-5 victory.
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Hamilton entered the doubleheader coming off a four-homer game and had five home runs in his previous six at-bats. After going 1 for 4 with a single and two strikeouts in the first game, he resumed his assault on Baltimore pitching by hitting a two-run, first-inning shot off former Rangers right-hander Tommy Hunter (2-2).
The drive traveled an estimated 442 feet and was the 60th in the 21-year history of Camden Yards to land on Eutaw Street, far beyond the right-field scoreboard.
Asked if Hamilton hit a good pitch, Hunter replied, "He hit a baseball. The dude's on fire. What do you want me to say?"
Hamilton went 1 for 4 in the nightcap, dropping his batting average to .395 but increasing his major league-leading RBI total to 38. In the four-game series, he went 8 for 18 with six home runs and 12 RBI.
"I was pretty happy I had a good series," the slugger said. "But the series is over with now and we have to go home and think about [facing Los Angeles]. It feels like we've only been home 12 or 14 days since we started spring training."
Texas went 5-5 on a 10-game swing through Toronto, Cleveland and Baltimore.
The Orioles won't see Hamilton again until August, but now they've got to face the Tampa Bay Rays in a three-game set that begins Friday night.
"There's good players coming in behind him," Orioles manager Buck Showalter said. "Tampa's a perennial playoff team. It's playing at this level. There's another challenge right behind it."
After Hamilton put Texas in front, the Orioles took advantage of three Texas errors to go up 3-2 in the second inning. But the Rangers regained the lead in the fifth when Nelson Cruz doubled, Mike Napoli tripled and Elvis Andrus delivered a two-out RBI single.
Texas pulled away with a three-run seventh, scoring twice on grounders after Hamilton received an intentional walk.
Holland (3-2) allowed three runs, none earned, to earn his first win in four starts since April 18.
Recalled from Triple-A Norfolk before the game, Hunter gave up four runs and five hits in six innings. He struck out seven.
The teams were rained out Wednesday night, setting up the twinbill. Texas has gone 13 consecutive doubleheaders since May 2007 without being swept.
|Josh Hamilton hits his major-league-leading 15th home run and ups his MLB-high RBI total to 38. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||1||1||0||0||1||2||.277|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||3||2||2||2||2||0||0||.323|
|Josh Hamilton, CF-LF||4||1||1||2||1||2||2||.395|
|Adrian Beltre, DH||5||0||1||1||0||0||0||.311|
|Michael Young, 3B||5||0||0||1||0||2||2||.295|
|David Murphy, LF||4||0||0||0||0||1||3||.282|
|Craig Gentry, CF||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.273|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||1||1||0||0||2||1||.250|
|Mike Napoli, C||4||1||2||1||0||1||0||.247|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||4||1||1||0||0||0||2||.256|
|2B - Nelson Cruz (9, Hunter)|
|3B - Mike Napoli (1, Hunter)|
|HR - Josh Hamilton (15, Hunter)|
|RBI - Elvis Andrus 2 (16), Josh Hamilton 2 (38), Adrian Beltre (19), Michael Young (20), Mike Napoli (17)|
|2-OUT RBI - Elvis Andrus (6)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Andrus-Kinsler-Moreland|
|E - Elvis Andrus (4, Throwing), Josh Hamilton (1, Throwing), Ian Kinsler (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Derek Holland (W,3-2)||6||4||3||0||2||5||0||3.86|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 96-63, Alexi Ogando 11-6, Mike Adams 23-13, Joe Nathan 17-10|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 6-8, Alexi Ogando 1-1, Mike Adams 1-2, Joe Nathan 1-0|
|Batters Faced - Derek Holland 25, Alexi Ogando 3, Mike Adams 5, Joe Nathan 4|
|Robert Andino, 2B||5||0||0||0||0||1||3||.291|
|J.J. Hardy, SS||3||0||0||0||1||1||0||.238|
|Nick Markakis, RF||2||0||0||0||2||1||2||.242|
|Adam Jones, CF||3||1||1||0||1||2||3||.289|
|Matt Wieters, DH||4||1||0||0||0||0||3||.283|
|Wilson Betemit, LF||3||0||0||1||0||0||2||.244|
|Mark Reynolds, 1B||3||1||1||0||1||1||0||.191|
|Steve Tolleson, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||1||0||.333|
|a- Ryan Flaherty, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.194|
|Luis Exposito, C||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.143|
|b- Nick Johnson, PH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.122|
|a-singled for Tolleson in the 9th|
|b-grounded into a double play for Exposito in the 9th|
|SF - Wilson Betemit (1)|
|RBI - Wilson Betemit (18)|
|SB - Nick Markakis (1, 2nd base off Adams/Napoli)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|E - Robert Andino (4, Dropped line drive), Steve Tolleson (1, Misplayed grounder)|
|Tommy Hunter (L,2-2)||6||5||4||4||1||7||1||5.14|
|IBB - Hamilton by Matt Lindstrom|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 91-63, Matt Lindstrom 24-14, Stu Pomeranz 8-7, Pedro Strop 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 6-6, Matt Lindstrom 3-1, Stu Pomeranz 2-0, Pedro Strop 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 25, Matt Lindstrom 8, Stu Pomeranz 4, Pedro Strop 4|
|Attendance - 19250|
|Game Time - 2:44|
|Temperature - 61|
|Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Chris Conroy|