– The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas – Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz both homered in their return to the Texas Rangers’ lineup and Alexi Ogando threw a five-hitter for his first career shutout, a 4-0 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday night.

The sluggers were back in the Texas lineup together for the first time in almost six weeks. The AL West-leading Rangers had scored a combined five runs their previous four games.

Hamilton, the reigning AL MVP, got his first homer of the season when he pulled a liner over the right-field wall in the first off John Danks (0-7), who also threw a complete game. Hamilton finished 2 for 4, adding a double in the eighth.

Cruz grounded out and struck out before his two-run blast to left in the sixth snapped his 0-for-16 slide. It was his eighth homer of the season.

Ogando (5-0) struck out six and walked three while throwing 72 of his 105 pitches for strikes.

It was the fifth shutout for the Rangers this season, and the sixth time Chicago was held without a run.

Hamilton and Cruz wrapped up rehab assignments Sunday at Triple-A Round Rock, and were activated before Monday’s game.

The return for Hamilton came one day short of six weeks since he broke a bone in his upper right arm trying to score with a headfirst slide April 12 at Detroit. Cruz had been out since leaving a game early May 3 at Seattle because of a strained left quadriceps.

BLUE JAYS 7, YANKEES 3: In New York, J.P. Arencibia hit a three-run double in a five-run sixth inning and Jose Bautista homered to back spot starter Carlos Villanueva and lift the Blue Jays.

Starting in place of injured Jesse Litsch, Villanueva (2-0) limited the Yankees to two hits and a run in five innings. With a looping curveball, he struck out the side to open his first start since Oct. 3, 2009, for Milwaukee.

MARINERS 8, TWINS 7: Luis Rodriguez hit a sacrifice fly in the 10th inning and Seattle Mariners rallied to win a sixth straight game, beating Jim Thome and host Minnesota.

Carlos Peguero’s single in the ninth scored Michael Saunders and tied the game, helping the Mariners overcome Thome’s powerful return to the lineup.

In his first game off the disabled list, Thome homered twice –including a 465-foot shot that bounced high in the air after landing on the Target Field pavilion in the fourth inning.


PHILLIES 10, REDS 3: In Philadelphia, Jimmy Rollins, Placido Polanco and Raul Ibanez homered to back Cole Hamels, and the Phillies handed the Reds their sixth straight loss.

Chase Utley returned after missing the first 46 games with a right knee injury. Utley was 0 for 5, the only starter without a hit.

Hamels allowed three runs and five hits in six innings. He is 8-0 with a 1.23 ERA against the Reds.

BREWERS 11, NATIONALS 3: In Milwaukee, Corey Hart hit his first three home runs this season and drove in seven to tie both club records, lifting the surging Brewers past the Nationals.

Hitless in his previous 11 at-bats, Hart hit two-run shots in the first and fifth innings off Tom Gorzelanny (2-4) to reach 100 homers for his career. He finished with a three-run homer off Doug Slaten with two outs in the eighth.

ASTROS 4, DODGERS 3: In Houston, Hunter Pence’s two-out RBI single in the ninth inning lifted the Astros to a win.

The Astros trailed 3-1 entering the ninth inning before Michael Bourn tied it with his two-out, full-count double down the right-field line that scored two against Kenley Jansen (1-1), the hard-throwing rookie who is the latest pitcher the Dodgers have given a shot to close games.