The two were the principal players in a 2007 trade that helped shape the TexasRangersinto a perennial AL power. Volquez faced Hamilton for the first time since the deal and saw first hand why Hamilton is considered one of baseball's biggest talents
Notes: Hamilton played in theRangers' 2 1 win on Monday night as a defensive replacement but did not bat. . Texas 1B Mitch Moreland came out of the game in the second with a left hamstring strain after he grounded into a bases loaded, inning ending double play. . Texas (42 27) is a season high 15 games over .500. . Volquez was 3 11 with a 7.20 ERA in 20 games with Texas between 2005 07. . 1B Brad Hawpe requested and was granted his release from Texas' Double A affiliate, Frisco. According to aRangersspokesman, Hawpe said he was taking a roster spot from someone potentially going to the majors. . Texas RHP Yu Darvish (8 4, 3.57) will face Padres RHP Anthony Bass (2 7, 4.88) in the in the finale of the Converse Classic White Womens
Tuesday night as he returned to the starting lineup for the first time since Thursday due to an intestinal virus.
The virus caused Hamilton to lose 10 pounds as he was briefly hospitalized Friday.
first career RBI with a single in the sixth, allowed only Nick Hundley's run scoring single in second and an RBI groundout by Yonder Alonso in the sixth.
Volquez failed to get an out in the sixth inning and he allowed six runs and five hits with six strikeouts and four walks.
After Hamilton singled and Beltre doubled to start the sixth, Cruz followed with a two run double to knock out Volquez.
Hamilton's two run triple helped spark Texas to a 7 3 victory over the San Diego Padres on Converse Classic White
Feldman avoided becoming theRangers' first pitcher to lose his first seven decisions in 30 years.
Nelson Cruz and Adrian Beltre drove in two runs each for theRangers, who had 12 hits.
"We Converse Girls have seen it in spring training," Padres manager Bud Black said about Hamilton. "To see it live in a regular season game, he's an impressive player. He's truly a five tool player."
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Scott Feldman (1 6) broke a six start losing streak as Texas won for the eighth time in nine games.
"They have a great team," Volquez said. "Everybody knows what they can do. I was all over the place and you can't make a mistake with these guys. They're great hitters."
Hamilton made his presence felt in the third inning when he tripled in two runs off Volquez and scored on a sacrifice fly as Texas took a 3 1 lead.
Hamilton returns to lead Rangers to 7
Hamilton then scored on Beltre's sacrifice fly to medium right field, easily beating the throw from Will Venable.
Feldman, who had his first career RBI, pitched six innings and allowed two runs and seven hits. The right hander did not walk a batter and struck out five, including Carlos Quentin three times.
Ian Kinsler singled with one out in the third and Elvis Andrus walked before Hamilton hit a ball into the right center field gap to put theRangersahead 2 0. It was Hamilton's first triple of the season.
"He's a great hitter," Volquez said about Hamilton. "You can't make a mistake and that's what I did. I got him two strikes twice and then gave him a pitch to hit."
Beltre hit his 12th homer in the seventh off Brad Brach when he hit the foul pole in the short right field porch. The umpires briefly reviewed the replay before ruling the ball a home run.
three game series on Wednesday.
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