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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Josh Hamilton got back on track and helped the Texas Rangers' offense stay on a roll on Thursday night.
Hamilton, who hit .177 in July, had his second four-RBI game of the season. He has 10 RBI in his past nine games.
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"Basically I've said stop thinking about it, stop listening to everybody -- everybody's got something to say," Hamilton said. "Just go out there and play. React. Try to slow the game down again. It worked. There's nothing wrong with my swing, it's just about trusting myself, not being too aggressive and trying to slow the game down again."
The Rangers broke an 8-8 tie after six innings when they scored four runs in the seventh, including Hamilton's two-run double, and added three in the eighth.
Dempster allowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Rangers acquired Dempster from the Cubs minutes before Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline.
Roy Oswalt (4-2) threw two scoreless innings in relief for the win.
C.J. Wilson gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. David Carpenter (0-1) took the loss for the Angels. Angels relievers were charged with 11 earned runs in 6 1/3 innings in the last two games of the series.
The Rangers earned a split of the four-game series with the Angels, which included an 11-10 victory in 10 innings Wednesday night.
"It was kind of a momentum kill from how we played the first two nights to how we played these last two," Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. "It's tough. It's a good team there and it's not a forgiving park if your guys don't hit their spots, and some of our guys in the pen had a tough time doing that."
It was the Rangers' first time scoring in double figures in consecutive games since May 7-8.
"It's been a lot of fun," Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said. "We're starting to show some excitement. We have a lot of momentum offensively right now. This was more of a prototypical Rangers game where we scored as many runs as we needed to win. We kept pounding them."
Texas leads Los Angeles by five games in the AL West.
Outfielder Torii Hunter led the Angels with three hits, two RBIs and a run scored. Kendrys Morales went 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBI. Albert Pujols, Alberto Callaspo and Howie Kendrick added two hits each for Los Angeles.
Soto went 2 for 5 with two RBI and two runs scored, and Olt, a rookie from the University of Connecticut, went 1 for 3 with a run scored.
|Texas batters celebrate early and often. Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton and Geovany Soto do so here in the second inning. (US Presswire)|
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|Los Angeles Angels|
|Mike Trout, CF||4||2||1||0||1||1||1||.347|
|Torii Hunter, RF||4||1||3||2||0||0||1||.293|
|Albert Pujols, 1B||4||1||2||2||0||0||2||.286|
|Mark Trumbo, LF||5||1||1||1||0||2||2||.296|
|Kendrys Morales, DH||5||1||2||2||0||0||1||.273|
|Alberto Callaspo, 3B||4||2||2||1||1||2||1||.247|
|Howard Kendrick, 2B||4||1||2||0||1||1||2||.281|
|Andrew Romine, SS||2||0||0||0||1||1||2||.333|
|Chris Iannetta, C||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.203|
|Bobby Wilson, C||3||0||0||1||0||2||3||.229|
|a- Maicer Izturis, PH-SS||2||0||0||0||0||1||2||.244|
|a-grounded out for Wilson in the 8th|
|2B - Mike Trout (21, Dempster), Torii Hunter (14, Dempster), Albert Pujols (29, Dempster), Kendrys Morales (12, Dempster)|
|HR - Mark Trumbo (28, Dempster), Kendrys Morales (12, Dempster), Alberto Callaspo (8, Nathan)|
|SF - Albert Pujols (6)|
|SH - Torii Hunter (1), Andrew Romine (1)|
|RBI - Torii Hunter 2 (51), Albert Pujols 2 (73), Mark Trumbo (70), Kendrys Morales 2 (47), Alberto Callaspo (35), Bobby Wilson (11)|
|2-OUT RBI - Torii Hunter 2 (23), Albert Pujols (25), Mark Trumbo (18), Alberto Callaspo (14)|
|SB - Mike Trout 2 (33, 2nd base off Dempster/Soto, 2nd base off Adams/Soto)|
|CS - Torii Hunter (1, 2nd base by Oswalt/Soto)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Mark Trumbo 1|
|E - Maicer Izturis (8, Misplayed grounder)|
|Los Angeles Angels|
|David Carpenter (L,1-2)||0.1||3||2||2||0||0||0||3.99|
|HBP - Gentry (by C.J. Wilson)|
|Pitches-Strikes - C.J. Wilson 113-66, LaTroy Hawkins 7-5, David Carpenter 19-11, Jerome Williams 7-3, Hisanori Takahashi 44-29|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - C.J. Wilson 6-3, LaTroy Hawkins 1-0, David Carpenter 1-0, Hisanori Takahashi 1-3|
|Batters Faced - C.J. Wilson 30, LaTroy Hawkins 2, David Carpenter 4, Jerome Williams 2, Hisanori Takahashi 10|
|Ian Kinsler, DH||5||4||3||2||1||0||2||.276|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||6||1||2||2||0||2||6||.293|
|Josh Hamilton, LF-CF||6||1||2||4||0||1||3||.284|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||1||0||1||3||2||.307|
|Nelson Cruz, RF||3||2||1||1||2||1||4||.261|
|Michael Young, 2B||5||2||2||2||0||0||2||.270|
|Geovany Soto, C||5||2||2||2||0||1||2||.204|
|Mike Olt, 1B||3||1||1||0||0||1||0||.333|
|a- Mitch Moreland, PH-1B||2||1||2||1||0||0||0||.287|
|Craig Gentry, CF||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||.328|
|b- David Murphy, PH-LF||2||0||2||1||0||0||0||.307|
|a-singled for Olt in the 7th|
|b-singled for Gentry in the 7th|
|2B - Ian Kinsler (30, Wilson), Elvis Andrus (25, Wilson), Josh Hamilton (18, Takahashi), Adrian Beltre (21, Wilson), Geovany Soto (7, Takahashi), Mitch Moreland (9, Takahashi)|
|HR - Ian Kinsler (13, Wilson), Nelson Cruz (17, Wilson)|
|RBI - Ian Kinsler 2 (51), Elvis Andrus 2 (44), Josh Hamilton 4 (88), Nelson Cruz (65), Michael Young 2 (44), Geovany Soto 2 (16), Mitch Moreland (28), David Murphy (38)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Hamilton 2 (21), Nelson Cruz (32), Michael Young 2 (22)|
|SB - Mitch Moreland (1, 2nd base off Carpenter/Wilson)|
|Team LOB - 9|
|Outfield Assists - Josh Hamilton 1|
|E - Michael Young (4, Misplayed grounder)|
|Roy Oswalt (W,4-2)||2||2||0||0||0||2||0||6.14|
|WP - Roy Oswalt (2), Joe Nathan (4)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 103-59, Robbie Ross 13-6, Roy Oswalt 24-14, Mike Adams 13-10, Joe Nathan 29-18|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 5-2, Roy Oswalt 1-3, Mike Adams 3-1, Joe Nathan 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 25, Robbie Ross 2, Roy Oswalt 8, Mike Adams 4, Joe Nathan 6|
|Attendance - 40281|
|Game Time - 4:01|
|Temperature - 102|
|Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - James Hoye|