ARLINGTON – David Murphy belted two home runs, Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre sent ones deep, too, and the Texas Rangers pulled away for a 10-4 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Tuesday night at Rangers Ballpark.
With the victory, the Rangers maintain at least a 3-game lead over the Angels in the American League West.
Murphy gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead with a solo homer off Justin Masterson in the second.
After the Indians tied it at 1-1 on a Carlos Santana homer in the fourth, Murphy made it a 2-1 lead with a solo shot in the bottom half.
Murphy, who went 4 for 4, became the first player to homer off Masterson twice in a season, let alone a game.
Cleveland, though, didn’t go away easily in the middle innings. It pulled even at 2-2 again in the fifth, but Texas scored two in the bottom half and four more in the sixth to secure the victory.
Hamilton had a two-run blast in the fifth, and pinch-hitter Craig Gentry came through with a two-run single in the sixth. Elvis Andrus added a two-run double later in the inning.
The Rangers tacked on two more in the seventh, highlighted by Beltre’s 24th home run of the year.
Texas left-hander Matt Harrison started strong, retiring the first eight batters. But he struggled after that, allowing three runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts over five-plus innings.
-- Drew Davison