Josh Hamilton hit a game-ending, two-run homer to give Texas a 7-6 victory over Oakland last night at Arlington, Texas, extending the Rangers’ winning streak to six games.
Hamilton connected on a 2-and-0 pitch with two outs in the ninth off A’s closer Andrew Bailey (0-2), a 435-foot shot into the second deck of seats in right field. It was Hamilton’s fourth hit of the game and his 11th homer of the season.
The winning homer comes during an emotional stretch for Hamilton, who two nights earlier tossed a ball into the stands toward a Brownwood firefighter who tumbled over the rail and fell about 20 feet to concrete below. The man died less than an hour later.
Flags remained at half-staff and players on both teams again wore black ribbons two nights after Shannon Stone’s fatal fall during the opener of the four-game series, when he was at the game with his 6-year-old son. Stone’s funeral is tomorrow.
Hamilton took a couple of steps, put his head down and started the trot that ended with him being mobbed at home plate by his teammates.
Dodgers 1, Padres 0 - Los Angeles got its first hit with two outs in the ninth inning and still beat San Diego, when Dioner Navarro singled in Juan Uribe for an unlikely victory in Los Angeles.
Uribe was down to his last strike when he drove a pitch from Luke Gregerson (2-2) over the head of left fielder Chris Denorfia for Los Angeles’s first hit, and only the second hit of the game for either team.
Navarro then looped a 1-and-2 pitch into short right-center to give the Dodgers three consecutive shutout victories for the first time since July 1991. Los Angeles’s last five victories have been shutouts.
Angels 9, Mariners 3 - Torii Hunter drove in a season-high five runs with a pair of homers, Mark Trumbo also went deep, and host Los Angeles roughed up rookie Michael Pineda for seven runs in five innings, equaling his shortest outing of the season.
Giants 3, Mets 1 - Tim Lincecum (7-7) labored through six innings to win for the second time in his past eight starts and Pablo Sandoval had two hits to extend his hitting streak to 20 games for host San Francisco.
White Sox 4, Twins 3 - Alexei Ramirez drove in the winning run with a two-out single in the ninth and host Chicago ended a nine-game losing streak to Minnesota.
Cardinals 7, Diamondbacks 6 - Albert Pujols tied it in the eighth with his first home run since returning from the disabled list and rookie pinch hitter Tony Cruz hit a game-ending RBI double to help host St. Louis rally from a four-run deficit.
Blue Jays 5, Indians 4 - Jose Bautista led off the 10th inning with his second homer of the game, and 31st of the season, leading visiting Toronto to its second straight win.
Cubs 6, Pirates 3 - Ryan Dempster (6-6) won for the first time in five starts as Chicago topped host Pittsburgh.
Braves 4, Phillies 1 - Alex Gonzalez hit the go-ahead RBI single and Brian McCann added a two-run homer in the 11th inning to lift visiting Atlanta, which has won 10 of 12.
Rockies 2, Nationals 1 - Ubaldo Jimenez (4-8) allowed one run in eight innings and Todd Helton homered, doubled, and drove in both runs for visiting Colorado.
Marlins 6, Astros 1 - Ricky Nolasco (6-5) tossed a seven-hitter for his sixth career complete game and Logan Morrison hit a bases-loaded triple in Florida’s four-run fifth inning to defeat Houston in Miami.
Royals 13, Tigers 6 - Alex Gordon belted a three-run homer and host Kansas City roughed up Detroit starter Charlie Furbush (1-3).
Reds 8, Brewers 4 - Jay Bruce hit a solo homer to start the 10th and visiting Cincinnati exploded for five runs to rout Milwaukee.