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Hamilton drives in two with 1,000th career hit

Hamilton drives in two with 1,000th career hit

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Hamilton drives in two with 1,000th career hit

ARLINGTON -- With a two-run single in the fifth on Friday night, Josh Hamilton notched career hit No. 1,000 in his old stomping grounds.

Down a couple runs with the bases loaded and one out against Rangers starter Alexi Ogando, Hamilton ripped a hard grounder into right field to tie the game at 3 -- four innings before the Angels took a 5-3 loss at Rangers Ballpark.

With that hit, Hamilton is the sixth active player with 1,000 hits and 180 homers in his first 900 career games, joining Albert Pujols, Ryan Braun, Todd Helton, Alex Rodriguez and Alfonso Soriano.

Hamilton -- with 182 homers in 886 career games -- is riding a season-high 12-game hitting streak and is batting .327 in his last 43 games, lifting his slash line to .249/.306/.431 on the season.

Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Gonzo and "The Show", and follow him on Twitter @Alden_Gonzalez. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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