|New York Yankees starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda, of Japan, stands on the mound after giving up a solo home run to Texas Rangers' Ian Kinsler, rear, in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, April 24, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)|
Rangers beat Yankees 7-3 for 6th series win in row
ARLINGTON, Texas—Adrian Beltre hit a long home run and had a pair of RBI singles as the Texas Rangers beat the New York Yankees 7-3 Wednesday night, winning their sixth consecutive series to start a season for the first time in franchise history.
Mike Napoli and Mitch Moreland also homered for the two-time defending AL champion Rangers (15-4), who have the best record in the majors.
Texas was ahead to stay after Beltre led off the second against Phil Hughes (1-3) with his third homer, a 441-foot drive that landed high on the grassy hill in straightaway center field. Beltre's first run-scoring single came an inning later when Texas added three more runs.
Rookie Robbie Ross (4-0) worked 2 2-3 perfect innings in relief of spot starter Scott Feldman.