Dempster Pounded In First Start With Rangers

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton drove in four runs and the Rangers offense bailed out Ryan Dempster in his Texas debut in a 15-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night.

The Rangers broke an 8-8 tie after six innings when they scored four runs in the seventh, including Hamilton’s two-run double, and added three in the eighth.

Dempster allowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Rangers acquired Dempster from the Cubs minutes before Tuesday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

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

C.J. Wilson gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings. David Carpenter (1-2) took the loss for the Angels.

Texas leads Los Angeles by five games in the AL West.

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