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Darvish perseveres, Hamilton hits two more as Rangers rout Angels

ARLINGTON -- Rain spoiled the most anticipated pitching matchup of the young season, but Yu Darvish and Josh Hamilton didn't disappoint.

Darvish tossed 5 1/3 innings, the final 4 1/3 after a 116-minute rain delay, and Hamilton hit two more homers as the Rangers beat the Angels 10-3 Friday night to open a three-game series at Rangers Ballpark.

Hamilton had two solo homers, giving him 17 for the year and eight this week. But the Rangers did the bulk of their offensive work in a six-run first inning that was interrupted by a downpour only 26 minutes into the game. They had collected three infield hits and walk and scored once against C.J. Wilson before the game was halted.

Wilson didn't return after the delay, and the first pitch thrown by Jerome Williams turned into a two-run single by Nelson Cruz for a 3-0 lead. A run scored on a fielder's choice by Mitch Moreland, and Craig Gentry plated to more with a triple.

Moreland would add a solo homer in the seventh. He was in the game because Yorvit Torrealba had to leave after the delay with a head contusion from being struck near the left temple by Albert Pujols' bat on his followthrough. The Rangers will monitor Torrealba, but he could be a candidate for the 15-day disabled list or 7-day concussion list.

Darvish pitched around a one-out single in the first, and then spent the rain delay throwing ever 15 minutes to stay loose. He allowed only two hits after the delay, but each was a homer. Mike Trout had a two-run shot in the third, and Torii Hunter had a solo homer in the sixth.

Darvish would be removed after one more batter. He walked three, hit one and struck out seven while improving to 5-1. The Rangers mulled the decision to bring Darvish back, and finally decided he could do it without any injury risk.

"He was throwing every 15 minutes or so in the cage to stay loose," general manager Jon Daniels said. "He hadn't thrown much before the delay and the staff was on top of it. Plus, he was adamant he wanted to get back out there. A little unusual, but we felt comfortable given the circumstances."

Wilson (4-3) was booed loudly by the sellout crowd as he warmed up in the first. He allowed four runs on three hits in one-third of an inning.

-- Jeff Wilson

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