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Hamilton makes impact for Rangers in return from illness

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SAN DIEGO -- It didn't take long to see the effect Josh Hamilton has on the Texas Rangers.

After missing four starts with an illness, Hamilton returned in a big way Tuesday with a two-run triple to lift the Rangers to a 7-3 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Hamilton, who leads the major leagues with 66 RBI, went 2 for 5 and scored two runs as the Rangers extended their winning streak to five games.

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"I knew I was going to be tired," Hamilton said. "After I spent time on the bases, I was literally spent the rest of the game. But it will be better."

After Hamilton tripled in the third and scored on Adrian Beltre's sacrifice fly, he said, "It took me about three innings to catch my breath."

Hamilton had not started a game since Thursday due to an intestinal virus that caused him to lose 10 pounds as he was briefly hospitalized Friday.

But despite being at "about 80 to 85 percent," Hamilton set the stage for the rest of his teammates, who were coming off a 2-1 win over the Padres on Monday night where they were held to five hits.

"From that point on, swinging the bat got contagious," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

Nelson Cruz and Beltre both drove in two runs as the Rangers finished with 12 hits to win for the eighth time in nine games.

"It makes a big difference having him in the middle of our lineup," Texas second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "He helps make us go, and you saw that."

Scott Feldman (1-6) broke a six-start losing streak to avoid becoming the Rangers' first pitcher to lose his first seven decisions in 30 years.

Feldman, who had his first career RBI, pitched six innings and allowed two runs and seven hits. The right-hander did not walk a batter and struck out five, including Carlos Quentin three times.

"He's been battling to go out there and have a good game and he finally did it," Washington said.

Hamilton made his presence felt in the third inning when he tripled in two runs off Edinson Volquez (3-7) and scored on the sacrifice fly as Texas took a 3-1 lead.

"We have seen it in spring training," Padres manager Bud Black said about Hamilton. "To see it live in a regular season game, he's an impressive player. He's truly a five-tool player."

Hamilton faced Volquez for the first time since they were the principals in a 2007 trade that sent Hamilton from Cincinnati to Texas.

Volquez failed to get an out in the sixth inning as he allowed six runs and five hits with six strikeouts and four walks.

Kinsler singled with one out in the third and Elvis Andrus walked before Hamilton hit a ball into the right-center field gap to put the Rangers ahead 2-0. It was Hamilton's first triple of the season.

"It was cool because I didn't try to do too much with [my swing]," Hamilton said.

He then scored on Beltre's sacrifice fly to medium right field, easily beating the throw from Will Venable.

After Hamilton singled and Beltre doubled to start the sixth, Cruz followed with a two-run double to knock out Volquez.

"He's a great hitter," Volquez said about Hamilton. "You can't make a mistake and that's what I did. I got him two strikes twice and then gave him a pitch to hit."

Beltre hit his 12th homer in the seventh off Brad Brach when he hit the foul pole in the short right-field porch. The umpires briefly reviewed the replay before ruling the ball a home run.

Feldman, who drove in his first career RBI with a single in the sixth, allowed only Nick Hundley's run-scoring single in second and an RBI groundout by Yonder Alonso in the sixth.

Notes

  • Hamilton played in the Rangers' 2-1 win on Monday night as a defensive replacement but did not bat.
  • Texas 1B Mitch Moreland came out of the game in the second with a left hamstring strain after he grounded into a bases-loaded, inning-ending double play.
  • Texas (42-27) is a season-high 15 games over .500.
  • Volquez was 3-11 with a 7.20 ERA in 20 games with Texas between 2005-07.
  • 1B Brad Hawpe requested and was granted his release from Texas' Double-A affiliate, Frisco. According to a Rangers spokesman, Hawpe said he was taking a roster spot from someone potentially going to the majors.
  • Texas RHP Yu Darvish (8-4, 3.57) will face Padres RHP Anthony Bass (2-7, 4.88) in the in the finale of the three-game series on Wednesday.
 
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Manager Ron Washington and teammates alike are happy to see Josh Hamilton back in action and being productive. (AP)
Manager Ron Washington and teammates alike are happy to see Josh Hamilton back in action and being productive. (AP)

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San Diego

N. Hundley
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
Texas

A. Beltre
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B5120012 .279
Elvis Andrus, SS4110102 .297
Josh Hamilton, CF-LF5222020 .332
Adrian Beltre, 3B4232000 .312
Nelson Cruz, RF4122121 .257
David Murphy, LF3000102 .277
    Robbie Ross, P0000000 .000
   a- Brandon Snyder, PH1000011 .289
    Tanner Scheppers, P0000000 .000
Mike Napoli, C3000121 .234
Mitch Moreland, 1B1000001 .272
    Michael Young, 1B2010110 .271
Scott Feldman, P3011010 .250
    Craig Gentry, CF1000001 .342
Totals367127510  
a-struck out for Ross in the 9th
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (16, Volquez), Nelson Cruz (16, Volquez)
3B - Josh Hamilton (1, Volquez)
HR - Adrian Beltre (12, Brach)
SF - Adrian Beltre (5)
RBI - Josh Hamilton 2 (64), Adrian Beltre 2 (45), Nelson Cruz 2 (41), Scott Feldman (1)
2-OUT RBI - Adrian Beltre (21), Scott Feldman (1)
CS - Elvis Andrus (3, 2nd base by Brach/Hundley)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
PB - Mike Napoli (6)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Scott Feldman (W,1-6) 6722050 6.00
Robbie Ross 2200010 1.18
Tanner Scheppers 1211020 11.81
WP - Tanner Scheppers (2)
Pitches-Strikes - Scott Feldman 97-65, Robbie Ross 20-13, Tanner Scheppers 15-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Scott Feldman 7-6, Robbie Ross 4-1
Batters Faced - Scott Feldman 25, Robbie Ross 8, Tanner Scheppers 5
San Diego Padres
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Will Venable, RF5000003 .259
Cameron Maybin, CF5120011 .212
Chase Headley, 3B4020002 .271
Carlos Quentin, LF4000033 .373
Yonder Alonso, 1B4011000 .254
Everth Cabrera, SS4110011 .243
Nick Hundley, C4121012 .169
Alexi Amarista, 2B2010001 .197
   a- Logan Forsythe, PH-2B2000011 .273
Edinson Volquez, P2000012 .087
    Brad Brach, P0000000 .000
   b- Jesus Guzman, PH1010000 .241
    Brad Boxberger, P0000000 .000
    Alex Hinshaw, P0000000 .000
   c- John Baker, PH1011000 .250
Totals38311308  
a-lined out for Amarista in the 7th
b-singled for Brach in the 7th
c-singled for Hinshaw in the 9th
Batting
RBI - Yonder Alonso (18), Nick Hundley (20), John Baker (9)
SB - Everth Cabrera (10, 2nd base off Feldman/Napoli)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Alonso-Cabrera
San Diego Padres
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Edinson Volquez (L,3-7) 5566460 4.11
Brad Brach 2411101 4.74
Brad Boxberger 1200010 0.00
Alex Hinshaw 1100030 4.30
IBB - Young by Brad Brach
WP - Alex Hinshaw (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edinson Volquez 104-63, Brad Brach 40-25, Brad Boxberger 20-13, Alex Hinshaw 20-15
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edinson Volquez 3-5, Brad Brach 3-2
Batters Faced - Edinson Volquez 23, Brad Brach 10, Brad Boxberger 5, Alex Hinshaw 4
Game Information
Attendance - 25889
Game Time - 3:15
Temperature - 65
Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner