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Rangers beat Yankees 7-3 for 6th series win in row

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. 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)
By Stephen Hawkins
AP Sports Writer / April 25, 2012
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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.

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