Josh Hamilton takes his time standing up after a head-first slide. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
By T.R. Sullivan / MLB.com
With Michael Young sidelined and Josh Hamilton exiting the game with back pain, the Rangers had to step up in the finale -- and that they did. Supporting Tommy Hunter's start, Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz provided muscle, helping Texas gain in the AL West and Wild Card.
BATTING 2B: Hamilton, J (17, Richmond). HR: Andrus (6, 5th inning off Richmond, 1 on, 1 out),
Cruz, N (30, 6th inning off Richmond, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Andrus 4; Hamilton, J 2; Blalock 2; Cruz, N 6; Borbon;
Byrd; Murphy, Dv. RBI: Blalock (58), Cruz, N 2 (69), Andrus 2 (29). 2-out RBI: Blalock. Runners
left in scoring position, 2 out: Davis, C; Borbon. GIDP: Davis, C. Team RISP: 2-for-8. Team
FIELDING E: Andrus (17, fielding). Outfield assists: Cruz, N (Overbay at