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Josh Hamilton goes 1-for-5 as Rangers beat A’s

Jul 8, 2011, 11:03 PM EST

Jackie Moore, Johnny Narron, Josh Hamilton, Jamie Reed AP

Playing with black armbands and heavy hearts, the Rangers roughed up All-Star left-hander Gio Gonzalez and beat the A’s 8-5 on Friday night.

The Rangers started this one in torrid fashion, going deep three times in the first and second innings off a pitcher who had surrendered just six homers in 109 innings for the season.  Mike Napoli, Adrian Beltre and Ian Kinsler did the damage, as the Rangers scored seven runs between the two frames.

Gonzalez bounced back to throw two scoreless innings from there, but he was removed after four, making it his shortest outing of the season.  Only three of the seven runs he gave up were earned.

Napoli ended up collecting two doubles to go along with his grand slam in the first.

Josh Hamilton, back in left field after the nightmare 24 hours earlier, finished the game with a single and a run scored in five at-bats.

C.J. Wilson picked up the win for Texas, though it wasn’t one of his better outings.  He gave up four of Oakland’s runs while working seven innings.  Closer Neftali Feliz allowed a single run in the ninth to make it 8-5.

  1. Richard In Big D - Jul 8, 2011 at 11:23 PM

    You didn’t mention that, during Josh’s second at bat, he sharply lined a foul ball into the crowd near the third base dugout. After a quick comment that medical attention was being sought, the subject was quickly dropped and not revisited. I wonder whether or not the injury was serious, if Josh was aware of it, and what effect it would have on him (adding on to how he feels about last night)…

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