ARLINGTON -- Josh Hamilton belted a walk-off homer into the right-field upper deck seats to lift the Texas Rangers to a dramatic 7-6 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
With the victory, the Rangers (50-41) are now on a six-game winning streak and remain atop the American League West.
With a 6-5 lead going into the bottom of the ninth, Oakland brought in closer Andrew Bailey. Bailey retired the first two batters before Elvis Andrus reached on an infield single. That brought up Hamilton, who unloaded on a 2-0 offering from Bailey.
The walk-off homer comes three years to the day of Hamilton's first one -- on July 9, 2008 against the Angels.
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Rangers reliever Darren Oliver earned the victory, while Bailey took the loss.
Texas starter Colby Lewis went six innings, allowing five runs (four earned) on five hits with three walks and nine strikeouts. He got off to a rough start with a 38-pitch second inning. He gave up four runs that inning, including a solo shot to Josh Willingham and RBI singles to Cliff Pennington and Jemile Weeks.
The A’s scored their fourth run that inning when Rangers catcher Yorvit Torrealba was called for catcher’s interference in what would have been an inning-ending popup by Hideki Matsui.
Oakland starter Brandon McCarthy, making his first start in Texas since Sept. 29, 2009 when he was with the Rangers, went 6 1/3 innings, allowing five runs on 10 hits with no walks and four strikeouts.
-- Drew Davison