ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP)—Michael Young had three of the Rangers’ 17 hits and drove in three runs, and Texas opened its biggest AL West lead of the season with a 7-3 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Derek Holland (11-4) yielded nine hits and fell one out shy of his fifth complete game for the Rangers, who have moved six games ahead the struggling Angels with wins in the first two games of this four-game series.
Texas Rangers ‘ Josh Hamilton , right, is congratulated at the dugout after hitting a solo home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the third inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2011.
Josh Hamilton homered in a three-hit performance before leaving with back spasms, and Mitch Moreland had a two-run single among his three hits in Texas’ fifth straight victory.
Torii Hunter had two hits and drove in a run for the punchless Angels, who trailed Texas by just 1 1/2 games a week ago.