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, D 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, D 3-1, Speier, J 1-2. Batters faced:
Millwood 25, Benoit 1, Wright, J 5, Francisco, F 5, Lackey 26, Oliver, D 7, Speier, J 9. Inherited runners-scored:
Benoit 2-0, Francisco, F 2-0. Ejections: Texas Rangers Manager Ron Washington ejected by HP umpire
Bill Hohn (7th); Texas Rangers catcher Gerald Laird ejected by HP umpire Bill Hohn (8th); Los Angeles Angels Manager Mike
Scioscia ejected by HP umpire Bill Hohn (5th) 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. Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim. August 31, 2008 August 31, 2008
Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner