ARLINGTON (AP) – Josh Hamilton hit his 32nd homer and drove in three runs, Yu Darvish struck out eight and the Texas Rangers beat the Detroit Tigers 8-3 Sunday.
Hamilton had a two-run drive in the first inning, taking the major league lead and matching his career high. He added an RBI single in the third to give him 99 RBIs, which is also tops in baseball.
Yu Darvish (12-8) allowed six hits and walked five in 6 2-3 innings. He snapped his two-game losing streak and helped the Rangers take two of three from the Tigers.
Ian Kinsler drove in two runs for the Rangers, who increased their lead over the Oakland Athletics to 6½ games in the AL West. Texas knocked off the Tigers in last season’s AL championship series.
Miguel Cabrera had a two-run double for the Tigers, who slipped two games behind the Chicago White Sox in the Central.
Rick Porcello (9-7) gave up nine hits and six runs. The right-hander is 2-3 overall against the Rangers with a 7.83 ERA in five starts.
Darvish improved to 3-0 against the Tigers this season and avoided his first three-game losing streak. The Japanese rookie was 1-4 with a 7.04 ERA in his previous six starts.
With the temperature over 100 degrees, Darvish threw 120 pitches.
Darvish walked Andy Dirks and Cabrera with two outs in the seventh. Robbie Ross relieved and got Prince Fielder to pop out.
The Rangers next travel to New York for a four-game set against the Yankees in a matchup of the two top teams in the AL.
Hamilton’s 419-foot drive — his third homer in four games — easily cleared the fence in center and gave Texas a 2-0 lead. He also hit 32 homers in 2008 and 2010.
Texas scored three runs in the third with the help of two Detroit errors.
Kinsler’s RBI double made it 3-0, and he came home when Porcello made an errant throw toward third after fielding a hopper.
Hamilton capped the inning with an RBI single to right that Brennan Boesch booted, allowing Hamilton to advance to third.
Texas increased its advantage to 6-0 on Kinsler’s sacrifice fly in the fourth before the Tigers touched up Darvish.
Omar Infante’s RBI double in the fifth snapped a 12-inning scoreless slump, and Cabrera’s two-run double off Darvish gave him 98 RBIs and brought the Tigers to 6-3.
The Rangers scored twice in the seventh thanks to three wild pitches and an error, Detroit’s third of the game.
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