HOUSTON — The longer
Just have fun.
"This season of baseball and life in general is so short — don't get caught up in the struggles, just enjoy," Hamilton said. "It's fun when you remember it's a game you played your whole life, since Little League. Nothing has changed inside the lines."
It sure seemed that way Sunday when Hamilton hit what is known as a "Little League home run," a double that, combined with an error, resulted in Hamilton's circling the bases in the decisive two-run eighth inning of a 3-1 victory over the
C.J. Wilson (8-5) gave up one unearned run and three hits in seven innings, striking out 10 batters, and
Though the Angels (39-43) gained only two games on first-place Texas in the
"Any time you go on a streak like this, it builds confidence," said
Hamilton was batting .207 when the Angels arrived in Detroit on June 24. With nine hits, including four doubles, in 21 at-bats and four runs batted in on the trip, he raised his average to .223.
Just as important, four of the hits, including three doubles, were driven hard to the opposite field, something that Hamilton, who has 10 home runs and 29 RBIs, did rarely in the first three months and could be a sign he's emerging from his season-long funk. Four walks on the trip could be an indication he's seeing the ball better.
"There's no doubt there's a comfort level you can see starting to form," Manager
Sunday's game was tied, 1-1, when Kendrick led off the eighth inning with a single, his 36th hit of June, which tied his career high for a month.
Kendrick was waved home, and the Astros appeared to have a good shot at him, but shortstop Jake Elmore's relay throw was so wild it caromed off the fence in front of the first base dugout.
Hamilton took third on the throw and, despite stumbling on his way home, scored on the error for a 3-1 lead.
"I got to third, paused to see where the ball was, and when I went to restart my legs, my upper body was going faster than my lower body," Hamilton said. "It was funny."
"Those guys have been handing it to us this year," Kendrick said. "It feels good to get some wins off them."