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Rangers slug it out with Angels for 15-9 victory

ARLINGTON/WASHINGTON -- Texas slugger Josh Hamilton drove in four runs to power the Rangers to a 15-9 win over the Los Angeles Angels in an American League run-fest on Thursday.

The Rangers broke an 8-8 tie by scoring four runs in the seventh, including Hamilton's two-run double, and added three in the eighth.

Ryan Dempster — acquired from the Chicago Cubs on Tuesday — made his first Rangers start and had a fortunate no-decision after allowing eight runs in just 4-2/3 innings.

Roy Oswalt (4-2) threw two scoreless innings in relief for the win.

Angels reliever David Carpenter (0-1) took the loss.

Athletics 4, Blue Jays 1 In Oakland, Josh Reddick hit a two-run homer as Oakland downed Toronto, moving above L.A. and into second place in the AL West, 4-1/2 games behind Texas.

Oakland starter Bartolo Colon (8-8) pitched eight shutout innings, extending his scoreless streak to 16-1/3 innings.

Blue Jays starter Henderson Alvarez (7-8) ceded a season-high five walks, allowed runners on base in all but one of his five-plus innings, and struck out only one.

Toronto has lost five straight, matching their season worst.

Twins 5, Red Sox 0 In Boston, Samuel Deduno pitched six scoreless innings in his third straight strong performance, guiding Minnesota past Boston.

Deduno (3-0), making his sixth Major League start, has given up just two earned runs in 19-1/3 innings.

Brian Dozier had three hits for Minnesota, including a two-run homer in the ninth.

Red Sox starter Jon Lester (5-9) had allowed 25 earned runs over his previous four starts but gave up only three in eight innings on Thursday but got no run support.

Royals 7, Indians 6, 11 Innings In Kansas City, Alcides Escobar's RBI single with two outs in the 11th inning gave Kansas City the win over Cleveland.

Escobar's two-strike hit scored Eric Hosmer, who led off the inning with a single.

The Indians had rallied from a six-run first-inning deficit, but lost their sixth straight, their longest losing skid for two years.

Aaron Crow (2-1), the sixth Royals pitcher, worked a spotless 11th inning to pick up the victory.

Reliever Esmil Rogers (1-1), the fifth of six Indians pitchers, took the loss.

Nationals 3, Phillies 0 Washington's Ross Detwiler pitched seven scoreless innings as the Nationals beat the Philadelphia Phillies 3-0 on Thursday, staying 2-1/2 games clear atop the National League East standings.

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Los Angeles Angels' Torii Hunter, right, is caught trying to steal second base against Texas Rangers second baseman Michael Young during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Aug. 2. The Rangers won 15-9. (AP)

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