Colby Lewis allowed two runs in 7 2/3 innings Friday night, and Josh Hamilton collected two hits and scored twice in his first visit back to Angel Stadium to help the Texas Rangers beat the Los Angeles Angels 4-2.
Lewis allowed only five hits and walk while striking out a season-high nine. A broken-bat blooper by Kole Calhoun kept him from finishing the eighth.
Hamilton was booed throughout the game, except the two times he made outs. He doubled in the fourth and singled in the seventh, scoring in each inning.
Pitching: Lewis sailed through five innings, allowing only a solo homer to Mike Trout in the fourth inning. The first two Angels reached in the sixth, but Lewis promptly struck out Kole Calhoun, Trout and Albert Pujols to end the threat. … Lewis worked a 10-pitch 1-2-3 inning in the seventh and was at 92 pitches starting the eighth. He got two outs, but exited with two on and Trout up. … Keone Kela allowed an RBI single to Trout on a full-count pitch but caught Pujols looking with a 98-mph fastball at the bottom of the strike zone. … Shawn Tolleson notched his 16th save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth.
Hitting: Hamilton jump-started the Rangers’ rally from a 1-0 deficit. He doubled to start the fifth, moved to third on a bloop single by Elvis Andrus, and scored as a pickoff throw to first scooted into right field and allowed Andrus to move to third. … Shin-Soo Choo followed with a double, and Robinson Chirinos singled to score Choo for a three-run inning against fill-in starter Nick Tropeano. … Hamilton scored another run in the seventh after opening with a single, moving to second on Andrus bunt hit and going to third on a fielder’s choice. Chirinos followed with a safety squeeze bunt that easily scored Hamilton, who finished the game 2 for 4.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760