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Beltre stays hot, Rangers edge Rays

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Adrian Beltre extended his hot seven-game streak into another week.

Beltre was 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBI, including driving in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning, to lead the Texas Rangers to a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.

Elvis Andrus scored on Beltre's single to give the AL West leaders a series-opening win. Nelson Cruz also homered and Mike Olt added an RBI for Texas.

Derek Holland (9-6) got the win, giving up five runs -- three earned -- on six hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.

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Beltre, who was selected AL player of the week after a three-homer game and another in which he hit for the cycle, is hitting .385 with six homers and 13 RBI in his last eight games.

"He's locked in," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We need everything he's giving us right now. He's one of the guys in our lineup that makes it work."

Relievers Alexi Ogando and Mike Adams, and closer Joe Nathan struck out six of the nine hitters they faced in working perfect seventh, eighth and ninth innings. Nathan earned his 23rd consecutive save opportunity and 26th this season.

Tampa Bay ace David Price (16-5) snapped a stretch of 12 consecutive quality starts in which he had pitched at least seven innings. The lefty, who entered with a majors-low 2.28 ERA and tied for the league lead for victories, didn't make it to the fifth, giving up six runs on 10 hits in four innings.

In eight career regular-season starts against the Rangers, Price is 1-3 with a 6.04 ERA. In four starts at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, his ERA is 10.26.

"I didn't feel like I was throwing the ball any different than I was during the stretch where I've been successful," Price said. "It's Texas, they're a good-hitting team, and they're feeling it right now."

The Rangers continually jumped on first-pitch fastballs.

"We were trying to look for a pitch we could handle," said Beltre, noting that Price likes to get ahead of hitters. "He comes after hitters, so we were ready."

The Rays entered with the AL's best road record (35-27), but found they were no match for Beltre.

Beltre, who reached base a fourth time with a walk in the seventh, and Cruz had back-to-back home runs in the bottom of the second to erase a 2-0 deficit - the first time Price has allowed consecutive homers in his career.

Olt's groundout to shortstop Ben Zobrist drove in the Rangers' third run.

Beltre's double with no outs in the third scored Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton to make the score 5-3. Price was able to limit the damage by retiring the next three hitters on two groundouts and a strikeout of Geovany Soto.

Over his last 65 games, Beltre is hitting .332 with 15 homers, 14 doubles and 44 RBI.

"I don't know," Beltre said when asked if he's ever had a streak like the past eight games. "Probably. I don't keep track. Right now, I feel good. I feel comfortable, and have confidence offensively."

B.J. Upton's run-scoring triple and Zobrist's RBI single tied the score at 5-all in the fifth.

An error led to two unearned runs for the Rays in the first inning.

Upton reached base on a fielding miscue by Andrus at short, who then dropped a potential double play relay on the next hitter, Zobrist, who reached on a fielder's choice.

Evan Longoria, who was 2 for 4, then took a 3-2 pitch deep off the left-field foul pole for a home run.

"We screwed up the first inning," Washington said, "but the offenses wouldn't stop."

The Rays' Nos. 5-9 hitters went 0 for 18 with eight strikeouts.

Notes

  • With the home run and a single, Longoria is hitting .435 (10 for 23) lifetime against Rangers starter Holland.
  • Beltre has had 25 or more home runs in seven seasons.
  • Price led the major leagues in ERA and tied for most wins entering Monday's game. In the last 50 years, only eight pitchers Sandy Koufax (1963, `65-66), Jim Palmer (1975), Ron Guidry (1978), Dwight Gooden (1985), Bret Saberhagen (1989), Greg Maddux (1995), Pedro Martinez (1999) and Johan Santana (2006) have finished the season leading the majors in both categories -- and all have won the Cy Young.
 
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Adrian Beltre follows through on his solo home run in the second inning off David Price. He finishes 3 for 3. (AP)
Adrian Beltre follows through on his solo home run in the second inning off David Price. He finishes 3 for 3. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

A. Beltre
AB 3
R 1
H 3
HR 1
RBI 4
Tampa Bay

E. Longoria
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Tampa Bay Rays
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Desmond Jennings, LF4220020 .247
B.J. Upton, CF3112010 .247
Ben Zobrist, SS4111001 .263
Evan Longoria, DH4122011 .297
Jeff Keppinger, 1B3000112 .316
Ryan Roberts, 2B4000012 .241
Sam Fuld, RF3000010 .283
Jose Molina, C3000011 .206
   a- Matt Joyce, PH1000010 .255
Elliot Johnson, 3B3000021 .247
   b- Carlos Pena, PH1000000 .190
Totals33565111  
a-struck out for Molina in the 9th
b-grounded out for Johnson in the 9th
Batting
3B - Desmond Jennings (5, Holland), B.J. Upton (3, Holland)
HR - Evan Longoria (7, Holland)
SF - B.J. Upton (8)
RBI - B.J. Upton 2 (57), Ben Zobrist (52), Evan Longoria 2 (31)
2-OUT RBI - Evan Longoria 2 (15)
Team LOB - 4
Fielding
DP - Zobrist-Roberts-Keppinger
E - Elliot Johnson (12, Throwing), Ben Zobrist (10, Misplayed grounder)
Tampa Bay Rays
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
David Price (L,16-5) 41066032 2.53
Burke Badenhop 2000010 3.05
Kyle Farnsworth 1000100 3.00
Wade Davis 1000010 2.47
Pitches-Strikes - David Price 69-53, Burke Badenhop 26-16, Kyle Farnsworth 10-5, Wade Davis 18-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - David Price 8-1, Burke Badenhop 4-1, Kyle Farnsworth 3-0, Wade Davis 1-2
Batters Faced - David Price 22, Burke Badenhop 6, Kyle Farnsworth 4, Wade Davis 4
Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ian Kinsler, 2B4000002 .269
Elvis Andrus, SS4220010 .298
Josh Hamilton, LF-CF4120000 .292
Adrian Beltre, 3B3134100 .315
Nelson Cruz, RF4111014 .265
Michael Young, DH4110002 .271
Geovany Soto, C4010011 .211
Craig Gentry, CF2000000 .306
   a- David Murphy, PH-LF1000001 .312
Mike Olt, 1B3001010 .160
    Mitch Moreland, 1B1000011 .296
Totals34610615  
a-flied out for Gentry in the 8th
Batting
2B - Adrian Beltre (27, Price)
HR - Adrian Beltre (25, Price), Nelson Cruz (21, Price)
SH - Craig Gentry (5)
RBI - Adrian Beltre 4 (81), Nelson Cruz (77), Mike Olt (5)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
E - Elvis Andrus (13, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Derek Holland (W,9-6) 6653151 4.90
Alexi Ogando (H,10) 1000020 2.70
Mike Adams (H,23) 1000020 2.51
Joe Nathan (S,26) 1000020 2.54
HBP - Fuld (by Derek Holland)
Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 94-66, Alexi Ogando 13-9, Mike Adams 12-9, Joe Nathan 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 5-9, Joe Nathan 1-0
Batters Faced - Derek Holland 27, Alexi Ogando 3, Mike Adams 3, Joe Nathan 3
Game Information
Attendance - 29453
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Mike Muchlinski, First Base - Brian Knight, Second Base - Mike Winters, Third Base - Mark Wegner