Hamilton unloaded in the eighth off of Angels reliever Shane Loux by crushing a pitch into the second deck of the Home Run Porch. The official measurement was 460 feet, making it the third longest home run in the history of the ballpark in Arlington. Paul Sorrento of Tampa Bay hit one 491 feet in 1999 and Jose Canseco hit one 480 feet for the Rangers in 1994.Despite the distance, Hamilton said he didn't get all of it. "I hit it toward the label a little bit," Hamilton said. "It vibrated in my hands. But it was one of the easiest swings I've had." The Rangers won this one because of their offense early and their defense all night. The Rangers scored seven off Angels starter Joe Saunders, who entered the game fifth in the American League with a 2.66 ERA. But the Rangers scored seven off him in 5 1/3 innings, including two home runs from Kinsler and a two-run home run by Jones. The Rangers led 6-0 going into the fifth inning and 7-2 when Saunders left after allowing Kinsler's second home run with one out in the sixth. Saunders is now 0-4 with a 10.29 ERA in four career starts in Arlington, even though he is 3-0 with a 1.44 ERA in four starts against the Rangers in Anaheim. "It's killing me," Saunders said. "I'm not pitching well here, and I've got to figure out a way to get them out. Every pitcher has a park that doesn't really agree with them, and I have to dig deep here, do whatever it takes." Millwood, who entered the game seventh in the league in ERA, allowed just two runs in six innings despite giving up nine hits and two walks. When it was over, Rangers pitchers had allowed 22 base runners on 16 hits and six walks, but avoided complete disaster, because the Rangers turned three double plays behind them. Holland also picked off a runner in the seventh inning and Hamilton threw out Kendrick trying to score from second on a single in the fifth. "Those double plays were huge," Washington said. "They saved runs. That's what defense does, saves runs." The Rangers were saved from disaster on Friday night.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.