Josh Hamilton hits walkoff homer as Rangers top A’s 7-6

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Playing with a heavy heart hasn’t slowed Josh Hamilton.

The 2010 AL MVP delivered a two-run homer off Andrew Bailey in the bottom of the ninth to give the Rangers a 7-6 win over the A’s on Saturday.

It was the first homer allowed by Bailey in 15 innings this season, and it traveled 435 feet into the second deck of seats in right field.

Hamilton finished the game 4-for-5 with three RBI.  Two of his other three hits were doubles.  The walkoff homer was the second of his career.  The other came off the Angels’ Francisco Rodriguez on the same date three years ago.

The Rangers have won six games in a row, and tonight was their 50th of the season.  They’re the third AL team to reach that plateau, joining the Red Sox and the Yankees, and they lead the Angels by one game in the AL West.

Justin Verlander earns 200th career win

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Astros starter Justin Verlander wasn’t his usual dominant self on Sunday against the Athletics, but he was good enough to get the win. In doing so, he earned the 200th win of his career, becoming the 117th member of the 200-win club.

Verlander went 5 1/3 innings, yielding four runs (all earned) on seven hits and a walk with six strikeouts. On the season, Verlander is now 12-8 with a 2.65 ERA and a 223/29 K/BB ratio in 169 2/3 innings. Sunday’s win helped the Astros stave off the surging A’s. The Astros now have a one-game lead in the AL West.

Only two active pitchers have more wins than Verlander: Bartolo Colon (247) and CC Sabathia (244). Zack Greinke will likely be the next member of the 200-win club as he currently has 184 to his name.