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September 14, 2011

Wrapping up the Rangers 9-1 victory over the Indians: Hamilton delivers pay day

Here are a few postgame notes following tonight’s Rangers victory, which kept them with a 3-game lead over the Angels in the American League West.

* Josh Hamilton’s grand slam in the fourth inning cashed in a promotion run by CC Carpet. The promotion, which ran Aug. 29 until Hamilton’s blast, offered an incentive for CC Carpet customers to get their flooring and countertop purchases refunded to them if Hamilton hit a grand slam during the promotion period. And Hamilton delivered with his first grand slam since May 27, 2008. Steve Fitzgerald, owner of CC Carpet, says that Hamilton’s grand slam resulted in some $500,000 worth of free flooring and countertops.

* Hamilton has homered in two consecutive games, and has six home runs in his last 14 home games.

* Adrian Beltre extended his hitting streak to a career-high 18 games. That’s the longest streak by a Rangers player this season, and Beltre is tied with Jacoby Ellsbury for the longest active streak in the American League.

* Mike Napoli matched a career high with his 26th home run.

* Elvis Andrus has an eight-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in all 22 career games against the Indians.

* Texas scored eight runs in the fourth inning, the most runs its scored in one inning since Sept. 26, 2009 vs. Tampa Bay when it had an 11-run fifth inning. The Rangers also had their seventh straight game of 12 hits or more, a club record and the most by any team since 2007.

* Derek Holland had his fourth consecutive quality start, allowing one run on six hits with three walks and six strikeouts over seven innings. He also earned his 14th victory. 

* The Rangers are 21 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 1999 season.

-- Drew Davison

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