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Rangers roll over Yankees

Associated Press / April 26, 2012
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Adrian Beltre hit a long home run and had a pair of RBI singles as the Rangers beat the New York Yankees, 7-3, Wednesday night in Arlington, Texas, winning their sixth consecutive series to start a season for the first time in franchise history.

Mike Napoli and Mitch Moreland also homered for the two-time defending AL champion Rangers (15-4), who have the best record in the majors.

Texas was ahead to stay after Beltre led off the second against Phil Hughes (1-3) with his third homer, a 441-foot drive that landed high on the grassy hill in straightaway center field.

Rookie lefthander Robbie Ross (4-0) struck out two while working 2 2/3 perfect innings in relief of spot starter Scott Feldman.

Athletics 5, White Sox 4 - Kila Ka’aihue blooped a winning single in the 14th inning soon after Yoenis Cespedes’s tying two-run homer, and host Oakland rallied past Chicago.

Cespedes delivered his fifth homer of the season against Hector Santiago (0-1) after Chicago took the lead in the top half. Then Ka’aihue came through in a game that lasted 3 hours 56 minutes.

Rays 3, Angels 2 - Jeremy Hellickson overcame early struggles to pitch six effective innings, Ben Zobrist homered, and host Tampa Bay beat Los Angeles.

Hellickson (3-0), who held Los Angeles hitless in six at-bats with runners in scoring position through the second, allowed one run and five hits. Zobrist hit a solo shot off C.J. Wilson (2-2) during a two-run third.

Rockies, 2-1; Pirates, 5-1 - Pedro Alvarez hit his second home run of the day, Charlie Morton pitched seven solid innings, and host Pittsburgh beat Colorado in the second game to split a doubleheader.

Colorado broke up James McDonald’s no-hit bid in the seventh inning of the opener on its way to the victory.

Phillies 7, Diamondbacks 2 - Cole Hamels pitched eight strong innings and also hit a two-run single as visiting Philadelphia defeated Arizona.

Hamels (3-1) gave up a leadoff double to Willie Bloomquist in the first, then retired the next 18 batters.

Cardinals 5, Cubs 1 - David Freese homered and Lance Lynn threw eight strong innings to lead St. Louis’s victory in Chicago.

Lynn (4-0) held Chicago to six hits in becoming the first four-game winner in the majors and helping the Cardinals avoid a three-game sweep.

Astros 7, Brewers 5 - Jose Altuve had a career-best four hits and J.D. Martinez had three hits and three RBIs as visiting Houston stopped an 11-game losing streak against Milwaukee.

Chris Snyder put the Astros ahead for good at 5-4 with an RBI single in the seventh off Jose Veras (2-1) after Brian Bogusevic doubled and stole third.

Nationals 7, Padres 2 - Jordan Zimmermann helped set a Washington record for the longest scoreless innings streak for starters before Orlando Hudson homered and the East-leading Nationals beat host San Diego in a matchup of the NL’s best and worst teams.

Zimmermann held San Diego without a run for four innings to give Washington starters 26 straight scoreless frames.

Braves 4, Dodgers 2 - Chipper Jones singled home the go-ahead run in his final regular season at-bat at Dodger Stadium after Dan Uggla tied it with his second RBI single earlier in the ninth inning, and Atlanta defeated Los Angeles.

Mets 5, Marlins 1 - David Wright hit a two-run homer to become the team’s career RBIs leader, R.A. Dickey outpitched Mark Buehrle, and host New York beat Miami.

Royals 8, Indians 2 - Billy Butler hit two of Kansas City’s four home runs to help snap a 12-game skid with a win in Cleveland.

Orioles 3, Blue Jays 0 - Jason Hammel pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, Wilson Betemit and Chris Davis homered, and Baltimore blanked visiting Toronto.

Reds 4, Giants 2 - Scott Rolen’s homer started a four-run rally in the seventh inning that swept host Cincinnati to a victory.

Mariners 9, Tigers 1 - Felix Hernandez allowed only a run in seven innings, rookie Alex Liddi hit a two-run homer, and visiting Seattle went on to beat slumping Detroit.

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