Hamil­ton homers as Rangers edge Giants 2-1

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Josh Hamil­ton hit a two- run homer and Martin Perez al­lowed only two hits to earn his first win in a come­back from el­bow surgery as the Texas Rangers edged the San Fran­cisco Giants 2-1 on Sun­day.

Perez (1-2) threw 8 1/3 in­nings, leav­ing af­ter al­low­ing a one-out, ninth-in­ning dou­ble to An­gel Pa­gan. Sam Dyson earned his first ca­reer save, get­ting a game-end­ing dou­ble play af­ter al­low­ing a bases-loaded, RBI sin­gle to Buster Posey.

In Perez’s pre­vi­ous start last Mon­day, he failed to get through the sec­ond in­ning against the New York Yan­kees and al­lowed eight earned runs in a 21-5 loss.

Hamil­ton home­red into the right-field cor­ner off Mike Leake (9-6), who made his first start with San Fran­cisco. Be­fore that, Texas had put eight run­ners on with­out scor­ing.

New York’s Curtis Gran­der­son, Daniel Mur­phy and streak­ing Lu­cas Duda home­red in a span of five pitches to power the Mets past the Washington Na­tion­als 5-2 for a three-game sweep.

Noah Syn­der­gaard

(6-5) struck out nine over eight in­nings as New York pulled within per­cent­age points of first-place Washington in the NL East. Tyler Clip­pard got the last three outs for his first save with the Mets.

In St. Louis, Bran­don Moss had his first big hit with the Car­di­nals in the ninth in­ning and Ran­dal Grichuk had a two-run homer in a 3-2 vic­tory over the Colorado Rock­ies.

Moss’ one-out hit to left off re­liever Scott Oberg (2-2) drove in Jason Hey­ward, who dou­bled with one out.

The New York Yan­kees pound- ed the White Sox 12-3 af­ter Ja­coby Ells­bury and Mark Teix­eira home­red against Jeff Sa­mardz­ija.

Stephen Drew added three hits and four RBIs, help­ing the AL East-lead­ing Yan­kees close out a 6-4 road trip — match­ing a sea­son high. Ells­bury drove in three runs, and Didi Gre­go­rius had two hits and two RBIs.

Cubs clos­ing pitcher Hec­tor Ron­don nearly squan­dered a three-run lead and rookie Kris Bryant got hurt in a 4-3 win that com­pleted a four-game sweep.

Starter Clay­ton Richard (2-0) and the Cubs’ bullpen held off the Brew­ers un­til the ninth, when Ron­don al­lowed the first two run­ners to reach base with his team lead­ing 4-1. Ryan Braun scored on a ground­out with one out, and Her­nan Perez drove in another run with a two-out sin­gle.

Mark Canha hit a two- out dou­ble in the 10th in­ning to drive in Sam Fuld and lift the Oak­land Ath­let­ics past the Cleve­land In­di­ans 2-1, while Dodgers slug­ger An­dre Ethier hit his sec­ond dra­matic home run in three in­nings, a two-run shot in the 10th to lead Los An­ge­les to a three-game Free­way Se­ries sweep of the sput­ter­ing An­gels.

In other games, Lo­gan Mor­ri­son’s RBI dou­ble in the 11th in­ning helped the Seat­tle Mariners to a 4-1 win over the Min­nesota Twins, the Hous­ton Astros downed the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs 4-1, the Tampa Bay Rays edged the Bos­ton Red Sox 4-3 and the At­lanta Braves beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2.

The Toronto Blue Jays de­feated the Kansas City Roy­als 5-2, the Mi­ami Mar­lins downed the San Diego Padres 5-2 the Pittsburgh Pi­rates blanked the Cincinnati Reds 3-0 and the Detroit Tigers were 6-1 win­ners over the Bal­ti­more Ori­oles.


Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamil­ton fol­lows through on his swing, hit­ting a two-run homer dur­ing the sev­enth in­ning of a base­ball game against the San Fran­cisco Giants in Ar­ling­ton, Texas, Sun­day, Aug. 2.

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