(ARLINGTON, Texas) — The Texas Rangers got the best of Josh Hamilton in his return on Friday with a 3-2 victory over the Angels and their former teammate.
Ian Kinsler delivered the big go-ahead RBI hit in the bottom of the eighth inning for the Rangers and Joe Nathan closed the door in the top of the ninth.
Hamilton returned to a sold out crowd full of boos and struck out in his first at-bat.
“I’d lie to you if I said it didn’t bother me a little bit. But it didn’t like overwhelm me,” said Hamilton, who signed a $125 million, five-year contract over the winter with the Angels. “It’s what I expected.”
Hamilton finished the day 0-4 with two strike outs in his return to Arlington.
Derek Holland pitched seven innings and gave up two runs, struck out five and allowed six hits. Tanner Scheppers got the win in relief for Texas.
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