ARLINGTON, Texas (CBS/AP) — Josh Hamilton hit a game-ending, two-run homer to give Texas a 7-6 victory over Oakland on Saturday night and extend the Rangers’ winning streak to six games.
Hamilton connected on a 2-0 pitch with two outs in the ninth off A’s closer Andrew Bailey (0-2), a 435-shot into the second deck of seats in right field. It was Hamilton’s fourth hit of the game, and his 11th homer of the season.
The winning homer comes during an emotional stretch for Hamilton, who two nights earlier tossed a ball into the stands toward a Brownwood firefighter who tumbled over the rail and fell about 20 feet to concrete below. The man died less than an hour after the fall.
Elvis Andrus reached on an infield single right before Hamilton’s homer.
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