Making his first start since June 4, Brandon McCarthy gave up three hits in 6 1/3 frames. (AP)
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
Just as they got started in Game 1 with a solo homer, the Rangers watched as Josh Hamilton did the honors in Game 2 against the Blue Jays. An inning later in the fifth, the slugger went deep for a two-run dinger that ensured Texas a successful day, gaining a half-game on Boston in the AL Wild Card race with its wins.
BATTING 2B: Overbay (27, McCarthy), McDonald, Jo (5, O'Day). TB: McDonald, Jo 2; Inglett 2; Chavez, R; Hill, A; Overbay 2. RBI: Overbay (53), Hill, A (88). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Snider; Wells, V 2. GIDP: Lind 2. Team RISP: 1-for-6. Team LOB: 6.
BATTING 2B: Andrus (12, Tallet), Murphy, Dv (18, Hayhurst). HR: Hamilton 2 (10, 4th inning off Tallet, 0 on, 0 out; 5th inning off Tallet, 1 on, 0 out), Davis, C (17, 6th inning
off Camp, 0 on, 1 out). TB: Andrus 2; Hamilton 8; Kinsler 2; Davis, C 5; Murphy, Dv 3. RBI: Hamilton 3 (49), Davis, C 2 (42). 2-out RBI: Davis, C. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Byrd; Kinsler 2; Vizquel. Team RISP: 2-for-8. Team
BASERUNNING CS: Kinsler (4, 2nd base by Tallet/Chavez, R). PO: Kinsler (1st base by Tallet).