ARLINGTON, Texas — Josh Hamilton drove in four runs and the Rangers offense rescued Ryan Dempster in his Texas debut in a 15-9 victory over the Angels on Thursday.
The Rangers broke an 8-8 tie after six innings when they scored four runs in the seventh, including Hamilton's two-run double, and added three in the eighth.
Dempster allowed eight runs and nine hits in 4 2/3 innings. The Rangers had acquired Dempster from the Cubs minutes before Tuesday's nonwaiver trade deadline.
Roy Oswalt threw two scoreless innings in relief for the win.
C.J. Wilson gave up eight runs and 10 hits in 5 1/3 innings, but David Carpenter took the loss for the Angels.
Mitch Moreland singled to center to drive in Michael Young and start Texas' four-run seventh.
Still, closer Joe Nathan made things interesting. With two outs, Alberto Callaspo homered, then Howard Kendrick singled and Chris Iannetta walked. Nathan finally got Maicer Izturis to strike out.