Ian Kinsler got Texas started with a leadoff homer and Chris Davis singled home two runs, leading the Rangers to a 5-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in the first game of a doubleheader Tuesday.
Davis' two-out grounder in the fourth inning slipped under the
glove of first baseman Lyle Overbay, who appeared miffed that he
didn't make the play with his backhand stab. That broke a 1-all tie
and put Texas ahead to stay.
Dustin Nippert (5-2) allowed two runs over six innings and has
won all three of his home starts this season. The right-hander's
other two starts at Rangers Ballpark came against Boston, which
began the day four games ahead of Texas in the AL wild-card race.
Josh Hamilton snapped out of his
extended power drought with two home runs and Brandon McCarthy
pitched into the seventh inning of his first start in nearly three
months, leading the Texas Rangers past the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2
Tuesday night for a doubleheader sweep.
Hamilton had gone 23 games and 99 at-bats since his previous
homer Aug. 7 until a 435-foot drive over the Rangers' bullpen in
right-center on the first pitch of the fourth. An inning later,
Hamilton pulled a two-run shot down the right-field line.