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Associated Press, Published August 23 2012

Hamilton has 5 RBIs as Rangers beat Twins 10-6

ARLINGTON, Texas – Josh Hamilton had five RBIs and Mitch Moreland doubled in the go-ahead run during a six-run eighth inning that carried the Texas Rangers to a 10-6 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Thursday night.

Adrian Beltre had three hits, including his fourth homer in two days, and scored the tie-breaking run on Moreland’s drive to left-center.

Minnesota starter Scott Diamond was ejected in the third by plate umpire Wally Bell after throwing a pitch behind Hamilton’s head. Twins manager Ron Gardenhire also was tossed after immediately protesting Bell’s decision.

Rangers starter Roy Oswalt had hit slugger Joe Mauer in the back in the preceding half-inning.

A pair of Twins errors led to five unearned runs in the eighth as the AL West leaders sent 11 batters to the plate to break a 4-all tie. Geovany Soto, Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus also had RBIs in the inning.

Moreland entered in the sixth to replace designated hitter Michael Young, who left to witness the birth of his third son.

Beltre is hitting .529 with four home runs, two doubles and six RBIs in his last four games. He homered three times Wednesday night – twice in a nine-run fourth inning – and had five RBIs during a 12-3 victory over Baltimore.

Jared Burton (1-1) took the loss after giving up six runs on three hits and two walks in two-thirds of an inning.

Mike Adams (3-3) worked a scoreless eighth for the win. Joe Nathan entered in the ninth after Tanner Scheppers gave up two runs with two outs and converted his 22nd consecutive save opportunity and 25th of the season.

Andrus’ error on Denard Span’s grounder to shortstop let in the first runs the Rangers’ bullpen had given up in 18 innings.

Beltre hit a one-out double in the eighth and Nelson Cruz reached on third baseman Trevor Plouffe’s error, setting the stage for Moreland’s clutch hit.

David Murphy was intentionally walked to bring up Soto, who hit a grounder that shortstop Pedro Florimon bobbled for an error. Soto was credited with an RBI.

Kinsler drew a bases-loaded walk, Andrus knocked in a run with an infield single and Hamilton added a two-run single.

Minnesota Texas

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Span cf 5 0 2 1 Kinsler 2b 3 3 1 1

Revere rf 4 1 1 0 Andrus ss 5 1 2 1

Mauer c 2 0 1 1 Hamltn cf 3 0 2 5

Doumit dh 5 0 0 0 Beltre 3b 5 2 3 1

Mornea 1b 5 0 0 0 N.Cruz rf 4 1 0 0

MCarsn lf 5 1 1 0 MiYong dh 1 0 0 0

Plouffe 3b 5 2 3 0 Mrlnddh-1b 2 1 1 1

JCarrll 2b 4 1 3 0 DvMrp lf 3 1 0 0

Flormn ss 4 1 1 1 Soto c 4 1 1 1

Olt 1b 4 0 0 0

Schprs p 0 0 0 0

Nathan p 0 0 0 0

Totals 39 6 12 3 Totals 34 10 10 10

Minnesota 101 002 002— 6

Texas 200 020 06x— 10

E—Plouffe (12), Florimon (3), Beltre (7), Andrus (12). DP—Minnesota 1. LOB—Minnesota 14, Texas 6. 2B—Span (32), Mauer (25), Florimon (2), Hamilton (23), Beltre (25), Moreland (13), Soto (3). HR—Beltre (23). SB—Span 2 (14). S—Revere, J.Carroll. SF—Hamilton.

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Diamond 2Zc 3 2 2 2 1

Swarzak 2Xc 3 2 2 1 1

Gray 2 0 0 0 0 2

Burton L,1-1 Xc 3 6 1 2 1

T.Robertson Zc 1 0 0 0 0

Texas

Oswalt 5Zc 7 4 3 1 4

Kirkman BS,1-1 Zc 1 0 0 2 0

Ogando 1Zc 2 0 0 0 3

Mi.Adams W,3-3 1 0 0 0 1 2

Scheppers Xc 2 2 0 1 1

Nathan S,25-26 Zc 0 0 0 0 0

HBP—by Oswalt (Mauer). WP—Swarzak, Oswalt.

T—3:39. A—33,762 (48,194).