Josh Hamilton hit a two-run pinch-hit walk-off double Sunday afternoon to lift the Texas Rangers to a 4-3 victory and series win over the Boston Red Sox in a game in which they lost Adrian Beltre for at least two weeks.
Beltre, an All-Star second baseman, suffered a sprain and cut to his left thumb while trying to break up a double play in the fifth inning. X-rays were negative, but the cut required four stitches and he was being fitting for a splint.
He had two of the Rangers’ seven hits and drove in both of their first two runs. He also made an error that contributed to an unearned run in the second innings.
Wandy Rodriguez allowed three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Ross Ohlendorf got the win with a scoreless ninth.
Hamilton batted for Adam Rosales, who had replaced Beltre, after Prince Fielder had been intentionally walked. Hanser Alberto, who was at third, started the inning by reaching on an error.
Pitching: Wandy Rodriguez worked hard over 5 2/3 innings, throwing 109 pitches. He allowed three runs, but only two were earned as the Boston run in the second scored on a two-out error by Adrian Beltre. … Jon Edwards, Sam Freeman, Keone Kela and Ross Ohlendorf combined to keep the Rangers within a run the rest of the way.
Hitting: Beltre drove in the first two Rangers runs, on a groundout in the first inning and on a single to center in the third. Both RBIs tied the game. Beltre also singled in the fifth inning before injuring his thumb. … Hanser Alberto had the first multi-hit game of his career, with two singles. … The Rangers were 3-for-12 with runners in scoring position, and they stranded 10 runners.
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