Rangers keep rolling Texas wins three of four games against trail­ing An­gels

Austin American-Statesman - - SPORTS -

AR­LING­TON — Josh Hamil­ton drove in three runs, Tommy Hunter pitched into the sev­enth in­ning to re­main un­beaten and the Texas Rangers edged the Los An­ge­les An­gels 6-4 Sun­day night.

AL West-lead­ing Texas won three of four in the se­ries to build a seven-game lead over the sec­ond­place An­gels, who got a boost ear­lier in the day when they acquired right-han­der Dan Haren in a trade with the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs.

The se­ries drew more than 170,000 fans to Ar­ling­ton.

Hunter al­lowed three runs and three hits over 61⁄ in­nings to be­come the first Rangers pitcher to win his first eight de­ci­sions in a sea­son. The right-han­der is the sec­ond player to ac­com­plish the feat this sea­son, join­ing Car­los Silva of the Chicago Cubs.

Hideki Mat­sui chased Hunter with a two-run homer and Al­berto Cal­laspo’s run-scor­ing ground­out cut it to 6-4 in the ninth, but Nef­tali Feliz got Howie Ken­drick and Juan Rivera to ground out to com­plete his AL-best 28th save.

Con­tin­ued from C1

The crowd of 38,320 chanted “Beat L.A., beat L.A.” in the ninth as Texas bounced back from Satur­day night’s 6-2 loss and im­proved to 34-20 at Rangers Ball­park.

Torii Hunter also went deep for the An­gels, who fell to 3-6 against Texas this sea­son and have lost five of seven over­all. Los An­ge­les has 10 games left against the Rangers, in­clud­ing three next week­end in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia.

Hunter re­tired 12 in a row af­ter Rivera’s lead­off sin­gle in the third. He threw only 71 pitches.

Texas’ Chris Davis was cut down at the plate in the sec­ond in a vi­o­lent col­li­sion with catcher Jeff Mathis, al­though nei­ther player was in­jured. Da- vis was try­ing to score from first on Elvis An­drus’ dou­ble, but Mathis caught sec­ond base­man Maicer Iz­turis’ re­lay throw and held on af­ter Davis launched him­self into the air.

Hamil­ton hit a two-run triple off Trevor Bell (1-2) in the first and an RBI sin­gle in the third. He went 3 for 4 to raise his ma­jor-league-best bat­ting av­er­age to .357.

Nel­son Cruz and Michael Young each had two hits and drove in a run for Texas, which fin­ished with 13 hits. Cruz ex­tended his ca­reer-best hit­ting streak to 14 games.

Bell al­lowed four runs and eight hits in 31⁄ in­nings. He was called up from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tues­day and was mak­ing his fifth MLB start, but first since Aug. 28, 2009.

Cody Duty pho­tos

The Rangers’ Chris Davis, right, col­lides at home plate with An­gels catcher Jeff Mathis dur­ing the sec­ond in­ning Sun­day. Davis was called out on the play. In the se­ries against the sec­ond-place An­gels, Texas won three of four games and drew more than 170,000 fans to Ar­ling­ton.

Rangers’ Josh Hamil­ton, left

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