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May 31, 2013

Wrapping up Rangers' 7-2 victory over Royals

Adrian Beltre believes he's had better months than the one he just put together in May, but numbers suggest differently.

Beltre finished May with a four-hit night in the Rangers' 7-2 victory over the Royals on Friday. It was his fourth four-hit night of the month, tying him with Miguel Cabrera for most this season.

For all of May, Beltre had a .376 average, 10 doubles, six home runs and 23 RBIs in 28 games, setting a career-high for hits (44) in a month. His previous high was 42 set back in 2004 when he was with the Dodgers.

"I'm doing better than I did in the first month," Beltre said. "But there's always room for improvement. We all want to do the best we can every at-bat and I know I'm swinging the bat better, but I think I can do a lot better than I am doing now."

Here are a few other notes from Friday's game:

* The Rangers won 17 games in April and May, their first consecutive months with at least that many wins since 1993. Along with '93, they also had 17-win consecutive months in 1977.

* Derek Holland allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits with one walk and eight strikeouts over seven innings. He earned the win, his fourth of the month. He went 4-0 with a 2.31 ERA and 44 strikeouts in May. 

* Nelson Cruz had a three-run homer in the third, his 13th of the season. He has five of the Rangers' 10 homers of three- or four runs. "I was looking for something to drive and I got a fastball in," Cruz said. "I was able to do a good job with a good pitch. I was able to pull my hands inside and do the damage."

* Leonys Martin had two hits, including a two-run double in the sixth. ... A.J. Pierzynski extended his hitting streak to six games with a double off the center-field wall in the sixth. ... David Murphy had his second straight multi-hit game, going 2-for-5 with a double and run scored.

* Finally, it's worth noting, the Royals had a change in their lineup for Saturday's Dairy MAX Cow Milking Contest. Royals catcher Adam Moore, a UT-Arlington product, will replace George Kottaras, and go up against Rangers cow milking veteran Robbie Ross.

-- Drew Davison


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