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April 28, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers 7-2 victory over Rays

Colby Lewis turned in another impressive start, allowing one run on three hits over six innings. That, coupled with a three-run homer by Adrian Beltre, sent the Rangers to a 7-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Saturday night.

Here are a few notes from the game:

* Beltre's homer came after the Rays intentionally walked Josh Hamilton. Beltre said he looks forward to that challenge, and understands why teams are giving Hamilton free passes right now. After all, Hamilton had a two-run single in the first and scored another run in the sixth.

* Elvis Andrus continues to shine -- defensively and offensively. He started a double play in the sixth inning on a hard grounder hit by Evan Longoria. Andrus made the stop, and then flipped the ball from his glove to second baseman Michael Young. Offensively, Andrus doubled in the first and has reached safely in 17 consecutive games.

* Mitch Moreland has been more of a threat at the plate of late. He went 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored, and is now 5 for 11 in the past three games.

* Yorvit Torrealba was hit by a pitch on his left elbow in the eighth inning, but said there was no cause for concern afterwards.

* The Rangers announced a sellout crowd for the fifth consecutive game, setting a franchise record. They have sold out Sunday's, too, so the record will be extended.

-- Drew Davison

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