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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.
|Manager Ron Washington and teammates alike are happy to see Josh Hamilton back in action and being productive. (AP)|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||5||1||2||0||0||1||2||.279|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||1||1||0||1||0||2||.297|
|Josh Hamilton, CF-LF||5||2||2||2||0||2||0||.332|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||2||3||2||0||0||0||.312|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||4||1||2||2||1||2||1||.257|
|David Murphy, LF||3||0||0||0||1||0||2||.277|
|Robbie Ross, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|a- Brandon Snyder, PH||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.289|
|Tanner Scheppers, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Napoli, C||3||0||0||0||1||2||1||.234|
|Mitch Moreland, 1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.272|
|Michael Young, 1B||2||0||1||0||1||1||0||.271|
|Scott Feldman, P||3||0||1||1||0||1||0||.250|
|Craig Gentry, CF||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.342|
|a-struck out for Ross in the 9th|
|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|
|PB - Mike Napoli (6)|
|Scott Feldman (W,1-6)||6||7||2||2||0||5||0||6.00|
|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|
|Will Venable, RF||5||0||0||0||0||0||3||.259|
|Cameron Maybin, CF||5||1||2||0||0||1||1||.212|
|Chase Headley, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||2||.271|
|Carlos Quentin, LF||4||0||0||0||0||3||3||.373|
|Yonder Alonso, 1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||0||.254|
|Everth Cabrera, SS||4||1||1||0||0||1||1||.243|
|Nick Hundley, C||4||1||2||1||0||1||2||.169|
|Alexi Amarista, 2B||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||.197|
|a- Logan Forsythe, PH-2B||2||0||0||0||0||1||1||.273|
|Edinson Volquez, P||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.087|
|Brad Brach, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|b- Jesus Guzman, PH||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||.241|
|Brad Boxberger, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Alex Hinshaw, P||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|c- John Baker, PH||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.250|
|a-lined out for Amarista in the 7th|
|b-singled for Brach in the 7th|
|c-singled for Hinshaw in the 9th|
|RBI - Yonder Alonso (18), Nick Hundley (20), John Baker (9)|
|SB - Everth Cabrera (10, 2nd base off Feldman/Napoli)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Alonso-Cabrera|
|San Diego Padres|
|Edinson Volquez (L,3-7)||5||5||6||6||4||6||0||4.11|
|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|
|Attendance - 25889|
|Game Time - 3:15|
|Temperature - 65|
|Umpires - Home - Wally Bell, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner|