Josh Hamilton makes an over-the-shoulder grab in Sunday's second inning. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
By Shawn Shroyer / MLB.com
Dustin Nippert made his first start since 2006 in place of Vicente Padilla, but even Travis Metcalf's solo blast and Josh Hamilton's two RBIs -- his 113th and 114th RBIs of the season -- couldn't undo the seven runs Nippert allowed as the Rangers watched the series slip away.
BATTING 2B: Gross (11, Nippert), Upton, B (28, Nippert), Hinske (19, Nippert), Aybar, W (12, Loe). HR: Pena, C (25, 3rd inning off Nippert, 2 on, 1 out), Upton, B (8, 4th inning off Nippert, 1 on, 2 out). TB: Bartlett; Gross 2; Upton, B 7; Pena, C 4; Zobrist; Aybar, W 3; Hinske 2. RBI: Upton, B 3 (57), Pena, C 3 (71), Bartlett (21). 2-out RBI: Bartlett; Upton, B 2. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hinske. GIDP: Gross. Team RISP: 5-for-9. Team LOB: 3.