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Smoak, the switch-hitter playing his seventh major league game, pulled a pitch into the second deck of seats in right field in the fourth for his first major league home run. The 402-foot blast put the Rangers up 3-1, and he added an RBI double in the ninth.
Texas went ahead with two unearned runs in the third after Julio Borbon tripled into the left-center field gap.
Joaquin Arias hit a grounder down the third base line that chased Borbon back to the bag. But Mark Teahen threw the ball wide of first base, allowing Borbon to score and Arias to go to second before Hamilton's RBI double.
NOTES: It was Konerko's 25th career multihomer game. ... The wind was blowing at 27 mph with gusts to 40 mph. ... It was Rangers manager Ron Washington's 58th birthday. ... 3B Michael Young is the only Rangers player to start every game this season after SS Elvis Andrus got his first day off. ... Young had one of the shortest groundouts possible. He had a check swing in the fifth, and the ball rolled just in front of the plate. Catcher Pierzynski picked it up and tagged Young, who hadn't even gotten out of the batter's box.
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