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April 23, 2012

Wrapping up Rangers fourth loss of the season

The Texas Rangers are 13-4 after the New York Yankees pulled away for a victory in the first game of a three-game series Monday at Rangers Ballpark.

CC Sabathia went eight innings for the Yankees, allowing four runs on seven hits. Rangers starter Derek Holland couldn't match that, giving up four of his seven runs in the fifth inning.

Holland allowed seven runs -- the most by a Rangers' starter this season -- on nine hits with four walks and one strikeout over six innings in picking up his first loss of the season.

Here's a few notes following the game:

* Josh Hamilton belted his eighth home run of the season in 17 games, setting a franchise record. The previous fastest to eight home runs was Alex Rodriguez, who did it in 18 games in 2002.

* Craig Gentry had a two-run double in the seventh, his first extra-base hit of the season. Brandon Snyder also doubled in the seventh, his first double of the season.

* The 13-4 record matches the best 17-game start in club history, joining 1989 and 1996.

* The Rangers have 3,000 reserved seats left for Tuesday's game, and 2,500 for Wednesday's.

-- Drew Davison

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