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Hamilton powers Rangers past Athletics

Jun 1, 2008 - 4:43 AM ARLINGTON, Texas (Ticker) -- The Texas Rangers finished a record-setting May in much the same way in which they have prevailed in many of their games this season - riding the powerful bat of Josh Hamilton.

Hamilton homered and finished with three RBI Saturday, leading the Texas Rangers to an 8-4 victory over the Oakland Athletics.

After the Athletics scored three runs in the top of the fifth to knot the game at 3-3, Michael Young answered with an RBI double to score Ian Kinsler in the bottom of the fifth.

Young and Kinsler now have 16-game and 15-game hitting streaks, respectively.

"They (Kinsler and Young) set the table and kept it going all night," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "When Oakland came back and tied it in the fifth, it was Kinsler and Young who started us rolling again."

Two pitches later, Hamilton sent a changeup from Oakland starter Joe Blanton (3-7) just over the fence into the Rangers' bullpen to help the Rangers re-establish their three-run bulge.

"I tell them (Kinsler and Young) if they'll get on, I'll knock them in," Hamilton said. "They (the A's) had come back to tie it up but when we got to the plate they got on and I was able to take one deep to give us our lead back."

The home run tied Hamilton with White Sox slugger Carlos Quentin for the American League lead in homers while also giving him a major league-leading 61 RBI, 12 more than Philadelphia's Chase Utley.

The win allowed Texas to go 19-9 this month, the first time in team history that it won that many games in May.

"That achievement is significant if you think about where we came from in April (10-18)," Washington said. "We came out of spring training knowing we could play, it just took us a while to get there."

Sidney Ponson (4-1) permitted four runs and nine hits over seven frames for the Rangers, who moved over the .500 mark (29-28) for just the second time this season.

"It was especially nice to come out and put a really good game together like we did tonight, to get over the .500 hump," Rangers catcher Gerald Laird said.

"Ponson pounded the strike zone and made their guys hit the ball. The way he hung in there in the fifth inning and then came back strong in the sixth and seventh says a lot about where he is right now."

Texas jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage after two innings. Hamilton's RBI groundout scored Young in the first, and Brandon Boggs and Kinsler each added run-scoring singles in the second.

The game remained in the Rangers' favor until the top of the fifth, when Travis Buck hit a two-run single and Joel Hannahan's sacrifice fly plated Mark Ellis.

"We had a big inning in the fifth to tie the game," A's manager Bob Geren said, "but Texas bounced back with a big inning themselves. That was one tough inning."

Hannahan's RBI double in the seventh trimmed the Rangers' lead to 6-4 before Texas added two runs in the eighth on run-scoring hits from Frank Catalanotto and Kinsler.

Blanton suffered his first loss in three starts, surrendering six runs and 10 hits with a walk and no strikeouts over six innings.








  • AL
    FINAL
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
    - - - - - - - - - - - -
    OAKLAND 0 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 0 4 11 0
    TEXAS 1 2 0 0 3 0 0 2 x 8 14 0 (FINAL)

    BATTERIES: OAK - JOE BLANTON, CHAD GAUDIN (7TH), BRAD ZIEGLER (8TH) AND KURT
    SUZUKI
    TEX - SIDNEY PONSON, EDDIE GUARDADO (8TH), JOAQUIN
    BENOIT (8TH), JAMEY WRIGHT (9TH) AND GE

    May 31 10:25 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY IAN KINSLER SCORED FRANK CATALANOTTO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I KINSLER ON FIRST, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    TEXAS 8 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.290, 3-FOR-4, RBI)

    Athletics 4, Rangers 8  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 31 10:17 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY FRANK CATALANOTTO SCORED GERALD LAIRD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, F CATALANOTTO ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    TEXAS 7 BOTTOM, 8TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: B BOGGS (.278, 1-FOR-2, BB, RBI)

    Athletics 4, Rangers 7  Bot 8, 0 OutsMay 31 10:09 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    DOUBLE BY JACK HANNAHAN SCORED KURT SUZUKI.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, J HANNAHAN ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 4
    TEXAS 6 TOP, 7TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: B CROSBY (.260, 0-FOR-3)

    Athletics 4, Rangers 6  Top 7, 0 OutsMay 31 9:43 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    TWO-RUN HOME RUN BY JOSH HAMILTON (14) TO RIGHT CENTER WITH
    0 OUT IN THE 5TH OFF JOE BLANTON SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG.
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3, TEXAS 6
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BRADLEY (.324, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics 3, Rangers 6  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 31 9:15 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY MICHAEL YOUNG SCORED IAN KINSLER.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, M YOUNG ON FIRST, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    TEXAS 4 BOTTOM, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: J HAMILTON (.325, 0-FOR-2, RBI)

    Athletics 3, Rangers 4  Bot 5, 0 OutsMay 31 9:14 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SACRIFICE FLY BY JACK HANNAHAN SCORED MARK ELLIS.
    SITUATION: 3 RUNS IN, K SUZUKI ON FIRST, T BUCK ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 3
    TEXAS 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: B CROSBY (.261, 0-FOR-2)

    Athletics 3, Rangers 3  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 31 9:06 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY TRAVIS BUCK SCORED ERIC CHAVEZ AND EMIL BROWN.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, T BUCK ON FIRST, M ELLIS ON SECOND, 0 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 2
    TEXAS 3 TOP, 5TH
    DUE UP FOR OAKLAND: C GONZALEZ (.500, 0-FOR-1)

    Athletics 2, Rangers 3  Top 5, 0 OutsMay 31 9:01 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY IAN KINSLER SCORED FRANK CATALANOTTO.
    SITUATION: 2 RUNS IN, I KINSLER ON FIRST, R VAZQUEZ ON SECOND, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 0
    TEXAS 3 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M YOUNG (.285, 1-FOR-1)

    Athletics 0, Rangers 3  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 31 8:28 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    SINGLE BY BRANDON BOGGS SCORED GERALD LAIRD.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, B BOGGS ON FIRST, F CATALANOTTO ON SECOND, 1 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 0
    TEXAS 2 BOTTOM, 2ND
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: R VAZQUEZ (.333, 2 HR, 11 RBI)

    Athletics 0, Rangers 2  Bot 2, 0 OutsMay 31 8:26 PM


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    AT TEXAS - SCORING UPDATE
    GROUND OUT BY JOSH HAMILTON SCORED MICHAEL YOUNG.
    SITUATION: 1 RUN IN, NONE ON, 2 OUT
    CURRENT SCORE: OAKLAND 0
    TEXAS 1 BOTTOM, 1ST
    DUE UP FOR TEXAS: M BRADLEY (.327, 8 HR, 31 RBI)

    Athletics 0, Rangers 1  Bot 1, 0 OutsMay 31 8:15 PM
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    Athletics vs. RangersMay 31 3:09 AM