Josh Hamilton had three doubles to take over the major league batting lead and help the Texas Rangers get off to a quick start in the second half by beating the Boston Red Sox 7-2 on Thursday night.
Hamilton improved his average to .351 before leaving in the
seventh inning with soreness in his right knee.
Nelson Cruz and Vladimir Guerrero also had three hits, and
Bengie Molina homered in the six-run first inning to help the
Rangers halt a four-game losing streak. Tommy Hunter (6-0) held
Boston to five hits before leaving with a 7-2 lead with two outs in
J.D. Drew and Bill Hall homered for Boston, which has lost six
of its last eight games.
Tim Wakefield (3-8) had his shortest outing since September,