ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers got the best of former slugger Josh Hamilton and the Angels on Friday, with Ian Kinsler hitting a two-out, run-scoring single to right field in the eighth inning to lift the Rangers to a 3-2 victory at the Ballpark in Arlington.
Craig Gentry sparked the winning rally with a one-out bloop single to right off Angels left-hander Scott Downs. The speedy center fielder stole second and, after pinch-hitter Jeff Baker struck out, Kinsler lined a hard single to right.
Hamilton charged and made a strong and accurate throw home, but the ball one-hopped and skipped past catcher Chris Iannetta as Gentry scored. Texas closer Joe Nathan retired Albert Pujols and Hamilton on fly balls to start the ninth. Mark Trumbo walked, but Nathan got Howie Kendrick to fly to center, ending the game.
Hamilton, who played the previous five years in Texas before signing a five-year, $125-million deal with the Angels in December, went 0 for 4 with two strikeouts and was booed vociferously before and during each of his plate appearances. His strikeouts in the second and fourth innings produced a pair of standing ovations.