ARLINGTON, Texas -- If the Rangers are going to continue to push toward their second consecutive AL West title, it wouldn't hurt to have Josh Hamilton turn in more MVP-type games and David Murphy put together another memorable final month.
Both are showing signs of doing just that.
Josh Hamilton had his AL-leading 17th game-winning RBI with a ridiculous shot to right field. Hamilton hit a first-pitch fastball down the middle from Jeremy Hellickson to lead off the sixth inning and blasted it more than halfway up one of the sections in the home run porch. It was estimated at 449 feet.
"That ball was hit," Michael Young said. "That was pretty impressive. We see it all the time from him. It's not new stuff."
Young noted that he hits in Hamilton's batting practice hitting group, so he isn't shocked by how far Hamilton can hit a ball anymore.
The homer broke a scoreless tie and gave the Rangers some late-game momentum. They capitalized on it when Young doubled and Mike Napoli singled to put two on for Murphy. The left-handed hitter smacked a ball to left field to score Young and make it a 2-0 game.
Murphy is now 7-for-15 in his last four starts with two homers and seven RBIs, and is now batting above .250 on the season.
"We battled all night long," Murphy said. "The key for me was not getting beat out front with the changeup. I wanted to make sure to stay on my backside and square the ball up."
Manager Ron Washington was happy to see both of those guys hit the ball.
"We've been waiting on Hamilton and we've been waiting on Murphy," Washington said. "Everything each one of those guys gave us tonight, we needed."