Young, Hamilton lead Rangers past Indians

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Associated Press

Posted on July 7, 2010 at 11:35 PM

ARLINGTON (AP) — Michael Young homered, Josh Hamilton stretched his home hitting streak to 27 games and the Texas Rangers beat the Cleveland Indians 4-3 on Wednesday night.

Young came back refreshed after his first day off of the season on Tuesday with a two-run homer in the fifth that drew the Rangers even at 3.

Hamilton extended the second-longest home hitting streak in club history with an RBI single in the first. Al Oliver hit in 30 straight Texas home games in 1981.

Julio Borbon's two-out single up the middle in the sixth off rookie Mitch Talbot (8-8) put Texas ahead.

Cleveland's Jayson Nix homered for the fourth time in three games.

Earlier in the day, Texas team president Nolan Ryan visited a hospital to check on a fan who fell about 30 feet from the second deck while trying to catch a foul ball Tuesday night.

Tyler Morris, a 25-year-old firefighter, sustained a head injury and sprained ankle but no internal injuries in the fall. Morris was expected to be released from the hospital soon, friends said. Ryan gave Morris the ball he missed, too.

Colby Lewis (8-5) allowed two earned runs and six hits in six innings, striking out eight.

Alexi Ogando pitched a perfect seventh, Frank Francisco retired the Indians in order in the eighth and Neftali Feliz got three outs for his 23rd save in 25 chances.

Nix, claimed off waivers from the White Sox on June 24, batted only .163 with a homer and five RBIs in 24 games for Chicago. He's been more productive in his 12 games for the Indians with five homers and eight RBIs.

Lewis didn't allow a hit in the first three innings before the Indians broke through in the fourth for a 2-1 lead on Nix's leadoff homer and Jhonny Peralta's RBI single.

Cleveland made it 3-1 in the fifth when Michael Brantley scored from second as second baseman Andres Blanco misplayed Travis Hafner's routine grounder.

Seven batters were hit by pitches in the first two games of the series, and Blanco became the eighth when he was struck in the leg by Talbot's fastball in the second inning.

Before the game, Indians manager Manny Acta insisted there was no bad blood between the teams.

"I don't have any animosity with these guys," Acta said. "That's one of my favorite coaching staffs in the world. (Austin) Kearns was hit three times but two of them barely nipped him. Three guys were hit in the foot with breaking balls. We're not going to be aiming for anybody's toe or anything."

NOTES: Indians 1B Matt LaPorta didn't start for the second consecutive game after being accidentally elbowed in the head by Elvis Andrus on Monday night. "The medical staff feels it's still not in the best interest to get him out there. They feel he needs more time," Acta said. LaPorta has a bruise on his head and a sore neck. ... Rangers DH Vladimir Guerrero and 2B Ian Kinsler got planned days off to rest, and LF Hamilton was the DH. ... The Rangers have enlisted Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten in their efforts to send Young to the All-Star Game, with Witten encouraging fans to vote on-line for Young to be elected for the final AL All-Star berth. ... Acta was ejected by first base umpire Tim Timmons with two outs in the ninth for arguing a checked-swing call.

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