Hamilton ties Texas hit mark, streak at 21 games

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Texas Rangers slugger Josh Hamilton has tied the club record for hits in a month, doing so with the second-longest home run in the history of Rangers Ballpark to extend his hitting streak to 21 games.

Hamilton hit a 468-foot shot into the upper deck in right-center field, way above the Rangers bullpen.

The home run in the second inning Sunday night off Houston ace Roy Oswalt was Hamilton's 47th hit in June. That matched the team record shared by Mickey Rivers (August 1980) and Frank Catalanotto (August 2001).

According to the Rangers, the only longer homer at 16-year-old Rangers Ballpark was a 480-foot drive by Jose Canseco playing for Texas in 1994. Hamilton had a 460-foot homer last May against the Los Angeles Angels.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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