Josh Hamilton connects with a solo shot in the first inning Sunday. (Ric Francis/AP)
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Josh Hamilton took No. 30 deep in the first inning and Marlon Byrd drilled a two-run blast as the Rangers successfully fended off a sweep by the Angels. Kevin Millwood settled for 6 2/3 innings of two-run ball, and Ron Washington became the second manager to get an early shower on a hot afternoon in the seventh inning.
WP: Francisco, F, Lackey. Pitches-strikes: Millwood 101-71, Benoit 5-2, Wright, J 17-12, Francisco, F 18-13,
Lackey 103-63, Oliver 39-25, Speier, J 34-20. Groundouts-flyouts: Millwood 5-7, Benoit 0-0, Wright, J 0-1, Francisco,
F 2-0, Lackey 5-4, Oliver 3-1, Speier, J 1-2. Batters faced: Millwood 25, Benoit 1, Wright, J 5, Francisco, F 5,
Lackey 26, Oliver 7, Speier, J 9. Inherited runners-scored: Benoit 2-0, Francisco, F 2-0. Ejections:
Los Angeles Angels Manager Mike Scioscia ejected by HP umpire Bill Hohn (5th); Texas Rangers catcher Gerald Laird ejected
by HP umpire Bill Hohn (8th); Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington ejected by HP umpire Bill Hohn (7th). Umpires:
HP: Bill Hohn. 1B: Alfonso Marquez. 2B: Dan Iassogna. 3B: Dale Scott. Weather: 81 degrees, sunny. Wind:
8 mph, Out to CF. T: 3:09. Att: 39,153. August 31, 2008
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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