Hamilton extends hit streak to 20 games
Single vs. Astros puts slugger within eight of Texas' record
ARLINGTON -- It was just another day at the ballpark for Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton.Hamilton's sixth inning single in the Rangers' 7-2 win over the Astros on Saturday extended his hitting streak to 20 games, making it the longest streak in the Major Leagues this season. He is going neck and neck with Kansas City's Jose Guillen, who extended his own hit streak to 20 on Saturday against the Cardinals. The single put Hamilton just eight games off the club record of 28 straight games with a hit, established by Gabe Kapler from July 7-Aug. 15, 2000. "Anybody can get hot at any time," Hamilton said. "All you can do is keep trying to do the things you do before the game starts, as far as practice and same routine. There's going to be days where you can't hit anything and days where they can't get you out. "I'm glad I'm on the latter end of that right now." The single also pushed Hamilton's streak of games with a hit at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington to 20 and extended his hitting streak in Interleague Play to 22 games -- the best mark in club history. "He stayed up the middle and hit it solidly," said Rangers manager Ron Washington. "He's ready to play baseball." Hamilton's 46 hits are the most ever for a Texas player in June and are tied for second-most in any month. Mickey Rivers and Frank Catalanotto own the mark with 47 hits in a month, which they accomplished in 1980 and 2001, respectively. "I haven't thought anything about it. If I go 0-for-5 with five good at-bats [I'm happy]," Hamilton said. "I had four good at-bats today, but I really haven't thought about it. As long as we're winning, I'm satisfied." Hamilton's numbers aren't just best on his team, but among the best in baseball. In the month of June, the slugger leads the Major Leagues in batting average at .484 (46--for95), hits (46), total bases (81), RBIs (27) and both on-base and slugging percentage. But as well as Hamilton is performing, he insists he's only concerned with helping his team win -- and he's doing a good job. The Rangers' victory on Saturday made them winners in 12 of their past 13 games. "Everybody in our lineup had a hit [Saturday]. That says a lot about our lineup," Hamilton said. "Everybody feeds off of each other, which is a good thing. It's tough for opponents to come in right now knowing one through nine we have a chance to do damage."
Chris Cox is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.