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April 25, 2012

Wrapping up the Rangers' 7-3 victory over the Yankees

A 7-3 victory gave the Rangers their sixth straight series victory to open the season. That's a club record. Their 15-4 record matches the 1989 team for the best mark after 19 games. The Rangers have hit some runs in 13 of their past 14 games and lead the majors with 31.

Robbie Ross improved to 4-0 and made some history in the process. He is the first pitcher in major-league history, since at least 1918, with four relief wins in his first six appearances. He pitched 2 2/3 perfect innings against New York. "It's really weird," said Ross, 22. "I'm taking it in stride. Right now it's going good, but down the road it might be different."

Adrian Beltre went 3 for 5 with a 441-foot homer to start the second inning and give the Rangers a 1-0 lead. It was his second game back after missing three straight with a minor hamstring issue, and he didn't feel comfortable at the plate Tuesday. He made an adjustment, though, after consulting with hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh. "I didn't feel good at all yesterday," he said. "Today I felt better and had good results. Hopefully, I have good results through the homestand."

Beltre on his 441-foot homer: "The wind helped a little bit. I don't need it to go 450 feet. I need it to get over the wall."

Ian Kinsler's double in the third was his league-leading 13th extra-base hit. He has reached safely in 10 straight games and in 18 of 19.

The Rangers' win and a 3-2 victory by Tampa Bay leaves the Angels 8 1/2 games back in the AL West.

-- Jeff Wilson


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