Matt Harrison threw six scoreless innings, and David Murphy and Adrian Beltre delivered home runs. But it was the Josh Hamilton Show on Sunday night.
Hamilton launched a massive home run into the rightfield home-run porch and made two diving catches in the Texas Rangers’ 5-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers took the season-opening series, 2-1, and recorded the team’s first shutout of the season.
Hamilton made a diving catch on a liner hit by A.J. Pierzynski to end the second. He then launched a 441-foot homer to deep right-center that landed in the home-run porch to lead off the sixth. Hamilton capped off his night by making a run-saving catch to end the seventh, hustling to left-center to reach Alejandro De Aza’s sinking liner.
While Hamilton was the star of the night, Harrison wasn’t too far behind.
Harrison worked six scoreless innings, allowing four hits with two walks and three strikeouts. He retired the first seven batters before allowing a one-out single to Dayan Viciedo in the third.
Harrison ran into trouble his final three innings, but worked out of jams each time. In the end, he stranded six runners.
The Rangers’ bullpen closed out the final three innings. Mark Lowe worked a scoreless seventh, Robbie Ross made his big league debut with a scoreless eighth and Koji Uehara pitched the ninth.
Murphy broke up a scoreless game in the third, belting a solo home run into the home-run porch in rightfield. An inning later, Beltre went deep to right-center for a two-run blast, his first hit of the season.
-- Drew Davison