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Texas Rangers Defeat Josh Hamilton and Los Angeles Angels via Timely Hitting

Tim Heitman – USATODAY Sports

The Texas Rangers defeated the Los Angeles Angels by way of timely, late inning hitting in Josh Hamilton’s return to Texas. The game-changing hit was a two out single by Ian Kinsler in the bottom of the 8th that drove in outfielder Craig Gentry. The Rangers improve to 3-1, and remain in first place in the AL West, while the Angels drop to 1-3, good for last in the West.

The most interesting note from the game was Josh Hamilton, who went 0-4 with 2 K’s in his return to Arlington. The fans let their displeasure be known by showering Hamilton’s in boo’s all game. Hamilton poked the bear (the Rangers fanbase) over the Winter when he claimed that Dallas was not a “true baseball town”, and the Rangers fans exacted a bit of revenge today with their vocal cords.

The Rangers were anchored by a solid seven-inning performance by Derek Holland, in which he allowed two earned runs off of a Chris Ianetta home run and a Mike Trout double. Holland also struck out five, allowed six hits and a walk, while throwing less than 100 pitches. Angels’ starter Jason Vargas had a fairly clean game as well, he went 5.2 IP, allowed 8 hits, one run and struck out four.

The key to the game for the Rangers was their timely hitting in the eighth and A.J. Pierzynski’s 3-4 days, with a triple and an RBI. Craig Gentry got on with two outs against Scott Downs, stole second, and waited patiently for Ian Kinsler to send him home on a single. Then the game went to Joe Nathan who faced four batters while locking up his first save of the year.