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Hamilton, Rangers extend streaks in 6-3 win

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Josh Hamilton extended his hitting streak to 17 games with a home run and a double, Julio Borbon hit a three-run homer and the Texas Rangers stretched the majors' longest winning streak to nine with a 6-3 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday night.

Michael Young also homered in his first home game since becoming the franchise's career hits leader last week at Florida during the Rangers' eight consecutive victories on the road.

Hamilton doubled in the fifth, when he scored on Borbon's second homer of the season that made it 4-2. An inning later, Hamilton homered onto the grassy hill in center for his 17th of the season and majors-best eighth in June.

Tommy Hunter (3-0) struck out six without a walk in six innings. He threw 68 of his 88 pitches for strikes while allowing three runs (two earned) and nine hits.

Rookie Neftali Feliz worked the ninth for his 20th save in 22 chances after Darren Oliver worked two perfect innings.

Ross Ohlendorf (0-6) is winless his past 15 starts, 10 this season, since a victory on Aug. 18 against Milwaukee.

Ohlendorf retired the first 10 Rangers batters before Young's one-out homer in the fourth. The last 10 hitters the Pirates' right-hander faced, including Young and Borbon, went 5-for-8 with two walks for four runs.

Borbon is hitting .429 (27 for 63) over his past 18 games, raising his average from .233 to a season-high .294. And that still isn't as good as Hamilton.

Hamilton has hit .485 (33 for 68) during his career-best hitting streak, which is the longest active in the majors, and is at .339 for the season. The slugging outfielder this week moved up to third in the AL All-Star fan voting, ahead of teammate Nelson Cruz, who slipped to fourth.

The Pirates, who had won two in a row since a 12-game losing streak, led 2-0. Pittsburgh has now lost 12 straight road games.

Neil Walker had a one-out double in the first and scored on a single by Garrett Jones, who has an NL-best 12-game hitting streak. Pedro Alvarez had a leadoff single in the fourth and scored on a throwing error.

Pittsburgh got within 4-3 in the sixth after consecutive doubles by Lastings Milledge and Bobby Crosby, the bottom two hitters in the lineup, after having a runner thrown out at the plate.

Pirates catcher Ryan Doumit tried to score on Milledge's double, which Hamilton fielded in the left-field corner. Shortstop Elvis Andrus' relay throw was a strike to Matt Treanor, who put his head down and absorbed the collision at the plate for the out.

In his first game back from the disabled list, Cruz was 0 for 3 with a sacrifice fly that gave him 35 RBIs in 35 games this season. It was the second DL stint this season for the right fielder, the latest for a strained left hamstring after missing time earlier because of a sore right hamstring.

NOTES: When the Rangers took the field, a huge banner was unfurled congratulating Young as the team's career hits leader. He now has 1,752. ... Pittsburgh is 0-4 at Rangers Ballpark. The Pirates were swept in a rain-plagued three-game series in 2004. ... Ohlendorf has limited opposing hitters to a .202 average the first time through the lineup. That goes up to .343 after that.