The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas - Josh Hamilton looked like a player trying to shake the rust off in his first three at-bats Tuesday night.
With one big swing in the seventh, the Rangers center fielder looked more like the All-Star who took the league by storm last season.
Hamilton returned from the disabled list by hitting the go-ahead homer in a six-run seventh inning and the Texas Rangers won for the eighth time in 10 games, beating Seattle 7-1.
"The at-bats before that weren't great," said Hamilton, who led the American League last year with 130 RBIs. "But that one at-bat, it felt good. Anytime you can make plays or do something with the bat like hit a home run, it helps the confidence out."
Hamilton, activated after missing 13 games with a strained ribcage muscle, struggled in his first three at-bats before his two-run shot off Mariners reliever Mark Lowe (0-1) gave the Rangers a 3-1 lead.
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Before he put the Rangers up for good, Hamilton bounced into a double play in the first, flew out in the third and struck out looking in the fifth. He had not played since April 26.
"Josh had some opportunities early and didn't come through," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "It took a load off his shoulders.
"That gave us the lead and we kept chipping and put more runs on the board."
Rookie Derek Holland
(1-1) pitched 12/3 scoreless innings to earn his first career victory.
Chris Davis homered for the fourth time in eight games for Texas, and Michael Young had three hits and was on base five times after missing two games with back stiffness.
Scott Feldman took a shutout into the seventh and gave up one run and four hits in 61/3 innings for the first-place Rangers.