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Texas Rangers Fall to Los Angeles Angels 4-2

Layne Murdoch, Getty Images
Layne Murdoch, Getty Images

Despite Josh Hamilton homering for the ninth time in six games the Texas Rangers fell to division rival Los Angeles Saturday afternoon 4-2.

It was Hamilton’s 18th homer of the season. He leads the AL in all triple-crown categories with the 18 home-runs a .402 batting average and 41 RBIs.

Former Ranger C.J. Wilson worked into the sixth for the Angels after becoming the first major leaguer in 11 seasons to start consecutive games. He had faced only five batters against his former team in the rain-interrupted series opener Friday night.

The Angels struck first with a towering two-run shot from Mark Trumbo off Rangers starter Matt Harrison (4-3), who had five strikeouts and two walks in six-plus innings of work.

Texas cut the lead to one in the fifth when Craig Gentry drove in Mike Napoli, and evened the game at two apiece in the sixth of Hamilton’s solo shot.

After Trumbo walked and Howie Kendrick reached on a bunt single to chase Harrison in the seventh, Peter Bourjos bunted for a hit to load the bases. Morales then hit a flyball to left for a 3-2 lead, John Hester had an infield single and Mike Trout added another sac fly.

The two-sides will play the series final Sunday night on ESPN with a 7:00 CT first pitch.

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