Texas at Baltimore

W: D. Holland (3-2) L: T. Hunter (2-2)
HR: TEX - J. Hamilton (15)   BAL - None

Hamilton hits 15th HR, Rangers split DH

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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.

Josh Hamilton hit his major-league-leading 15th home run, Derek Holland pitched six innings of four-hit ball, and the Texas Rangers beat Baltimore 7-3 on Thursday night for a doubleheader split.

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.


  • The previous time Baltimore hit five homers in a game was June 30, 2010, against Oakland.
  • Andrus had hits in both games and has a 10-game run. He has reached base by hit or walk in 28 consecutive games.
  • Baltimore put OF Endy Chavez (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Hunter.
  • Orioles C Luis Exposito got his first major-league hit.
  • The Rangers will next face former teammate C.J. Wilson and the Angels at home Friday.
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Josh Hamilton hits his major-league-leading 15th home run and ups his MLB-high RBI total to 38.  (US Presswire)
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

E. Andrus
AB 3
R 2
H 2
HR 0

D. Holland
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 0
BB 2
K 5

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5110012 .277
Elvis Andrus, SS3222200 .323
Josh Hamilton, CF-LF4112122 .395
Adrian Beltre, DH5011000 .311
Michael Young, 3B5001022 .295
David Murphy, LF4000013 .282
    Craig Gentry, CF0000000 .273
Nelson Cruz, RF4110021 .250
Mike Napoli, C4121010 .247
Mitch Moreland, 1B4110002 .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)
Texas Rangers
Derek Holland (W,3-2) 6430250 3.86
Alexi Ogando 1000010 0.54
Mike Adams 1000200 2.13
Joe Nathan 1100110 2.84
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
Baltimore Orioles
Robert Andino, 2B5000013 .291
J.J. Hardy, SS3000110 .238
Nick Markakis, RF2000212 .242
Adam Jones, CF3110123 .289
Matt Wieters, DH4100003 .283
Wilson Betemit, LF3001002 .244
Mark Reynolds, 1B3110110 .191
Steve Tolleson, 3B3010010 .333
   a- Ryan Flaherty, PH1010000 .194
Luis Exposito, C3010000 .143
   b- Nick Johnson, PH1000001 .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)
Baltimore Orioles
Tommy Hunter (L,2-2) 6544171 5.14
Matt Lindstrom 1332100 1.29
Stu Pomeranz 1100010 0.00
Pedro Strop 1000110 1.50
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
Game Information
Attendance - 19250
Game Time - 2:44
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Jerry Meals, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Chris Conroy