Josh Hamilton hit a three-run homer during an eight-run first inning as the Rangers charged to their eighth straight victory, 10-4, in Game 1 on a Saturday doubleheader, but not all news was good news.
Third baseman Adrian Beltre left the game in the second inning with a strained left hamstring after legging out a leadoff double. He is considered day-to-day, but he missed more than a month last season because of an injury to the same muscle.
Mike Napoli hit a solo shot in the ninth to give him homers in five straight games.
Matt Harrison allowed three runs in 7 2/3 innings and struck out six as he improved to a staff-best 3-0. The left-hander retired the first nine Detroit hitters before allowing a homer to Denton native Austin Jackson to start the fourth. Delmon Young added an RBI double later in the inning.
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The Rangers staked Harrison to an 8-0 lead before he ever took the mound. Ian Kinsler started with an infield hit off Rick Porcello’s right hand, and Elvis Andrus followed with a walk ahead of Hamilton’s sixth homer of the season.
The first seven Rangers would reach, including one on an error, and all would score as 12 players batted. Beltre opened the second with a double, and pinch-runner Alberto Gonzalez would score two batters later.
The Rangers had only three hits the next four innings against Duane Below, but Harrison allowed only four hits after the Tigers’ two-run fourth. Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Koji Uehara after Harrison exited following a soft single by Brennan Boesch.
-- Jeff Wilson