One-time Tampa Bay prospect Josh Hamilton hit a grand slam and matched his career high with five RBIs, helping Vicente Padilla and the Texas Rangers cool off the AL East-leading Rays 12-6 on Tuesday night.


 One-time Tampa Bay prospect Josh Hamilton hit a grand slam and matched his career high with five RBIs, helping Vicente Padilla and the Texas Rangers cool off the AL East-leading Rays 12-6 on Tuesday night.
Padilla (7-2) allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings to win his fifth straight decision and stop Tampa Bay’s four-game winning streak. The right-hander walked four and struck out a season-high 10.
Hamilton, the former No. 1 overall pick in the draft whose career with the Rays was derailed by drug addiction and injuries, had a RBI double off Andy Sonnanstine (6-3) in the first. He added his second grand slam of the season in the eighth off J.P. Howell.
The five RBIs matched a career best set May 16 against Houston and boosted Hamilton’s season total to a major league-leading 58. He’s also batting .329 with 13 homers after hitting 19 with Cincinnati in 2007, his first season in the big leagues.
The 27-year-old outfielder, 0-for-4 Monday in his first game against his old team, is 4-for-6 and has driven in 14 runs with the bases loaded this year.
Brandon Boggs had an RBI single in the first and a two-run double in the second, when the Rangers scored five unearned runs off Sonnanstine to take a 7-0 lead that Padilla was barely able to protect.
Cliff Floyd and Eric Hinske hit two-run homers for Tampa Bay, which cut its deficit to 7-5 when Padilla got Hinske to ground into a double play in the sixth.
Hamilton broke the game open after Ian Kinsler’s RBI single put Texas up 8-5 in the eighth.
Tampa Bay began the night with the best record in the majors, leading Boston by a half-game in the AL East.