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Rangers outslug Angels again, earn split

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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 drove in four runs and the Rangers bailed out Ryan Dempster in his Texas debut in a 15-9 victory against the Los Angeles Angels.

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.

Kinsler went 3 for 5 and scored four runs and Elvis Andrus and Michael Young also had two hits and two RBI as Texas finished with 18 hits.

Mitch Moreland and David Murphy hit back-to-back pinch-hit singles before Hamilton's double in the seventh.

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.

Besides Dempster, catcher Geovany Soto and rookie first baseman Mike Olt made their Texas Rangers debuts.

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.

Notes

  • Mike Olt was called up from Double-A Frisco on Thursday and made his major-league debut at first base only hours later. Rangers manager Ron Washington said Olt will start mostly at first base and also at designated hitter against left-handed starters. Olt can also play third base when Adrian Beltre has a day off.
  • Angels outfielder Mike Trout was selected AL Player of the Month and AL Rookie of the Month for July. He's the first AL player to win both Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month in the same month. Trout also won the monthly rookie honor in May and June, joining Ichiro Suzuki (April, May and June 2001) as the only player to win in three consecutive months.
 
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Texas batters celebrate early and often. Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton and Geovany Soto do so here in the second inning.  (US Presswire)
Texas batters celebrate early and often. Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton and Geovany Soto do so here in the second inning. (US Presswire)

Players of the Game
Los Angeles

T. Hunter
AB 4
R 1
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 5
R 4
H 3
HR 1
RBI 2
 

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Los Angeles Angels
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Mike Trout, CF4210111 .347
Torii Hunter, RF4132001 .293
Albert Pujols, 1B4122002 .286
Mark Trumbo, LF5111022 .296
Kendrys Morales, DH5122001 .273
Alberto Callaspo, 3B4221121 .247
Howard Kendrick, 2B4120112 .281
Andrew Romine, SS2000112 .333
    Chris Iannetta, C0000100 .203
Bobby Wilson, C3001023 .229
   a- Maicer Izturis, PH-SS2000012 .244
Totals379139510  
a-grounded out for Wilson in the 8th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Mark Trumbo 1
E - Maicer Izturis (8, Misplayed grounder)
Los Angeles Angels
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
C.J. Wilson 5.11088372 3.27
LaTroy Hawkins 0.2000010 1.61
David Carpenter (L,1-2) 0.1322000 3.99
Jerome Williams 0.1122100 4.97
Hisanori Takahashi 1.1432110 4.71
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
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, DH5432102 .276
Elvis Andrus, SS6122026 .293
Josh Hamilton, LF-CF6124013 .284
Adrian Beltre, 3B4010132 .307
Nelson Cruz, RF3211214 .261
Michael Young, 2B5222002 .270
Geovany Soto, C5222012 .204
Mike Olt, 1B3110010 .333
   a- Mitch Moreland, PH-1B2121000 .287
Craig Gentry, CF1100100 .328
   b- David Murphy, PH-LF2021000 .307
Totals4215181559  
a-singled for Olt in the 7th
b-singled for Gentry in the 7th
Batting
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
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Hamilton 1
E - Michael Young (4, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster 4.2988362 2.82
Robbie Ross 0.1000110 1.71
Roy Oswalt (W,4-2) 2200020 6.14
Mike Adams 1000000 2.91
Joe Nathan 1211111 2.91
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
Game Information
Attendance - 40281
Game Time - 4:01
Temperature - 102
Umpires - Home - Jim Joyce, First Base - Mike DiMuro, Second Base - Jim Reynolds, Third Base - James Hoye