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September 13, 2011

Postgame notes after Rangers 10-4 victory over Indians (Murphy's strong Sept.)

Here are some postgame notes following the Rangers’ 10-4 victory over the Indians.

* David Murphy continues his strong September. He is now hitting .426 after a 4 for 4 night with two solo home runs off Cleveland starter Justin Masterson. In the first half, Murphy hit .247 and followed that up with a .226 average in August. “Right now, my approach is solid because I’m not trying to do too much,” Murphy said. “Early in the season, I was swinging for the fences. Coming out of spring training, the body feels great so it’s hard to control the effort level and that’s why I struggled. … I would rather be a strong finisher than a strong starter, but it’d be nice to do it year-round.”

* Murphy became the first player to hit consecutive home runs off Masterson in a season, let alone a game. It was Murphy’s first multi-homer game since Aug. 5, 2009 at Oakland.

* Matt Harrison earned his 12th victory, allowing three runs on seven hits with one walk and four strikeouts over five-plus innings. He retired the first eight batters before running into trouble. He has won five of his last six decisions at Rangers Ballpark.

* Josh Hamilton belted his 20th home run, a two-run shot in the fifth. It’s his third career 20-home run season.

* Adrian Beltre had a solo shot in the seventh, extending his hitting streak to 17 games, the longest active streak in the American League. He has hit .377 during the streak, which matches his career long (Aug. 25-Sept. 18, 2001).

* The Rangers finished with 14 hits, and have 12-or-more hits in their last six games – a club record.

-- Drew Davison

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