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Rangers recap: Indians offense strikes early and often

Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre, center left, celebrates his 400th home run with Elvis Andrus (1), Robinson Chirinos, right, and bench coach Steve Buechele during the first inning Friday against the Indians.
Rangers slugger Adrian Beltre, center left, celebrates his 400th home run with Elvis Andrus (1), Robinson Chirinos, right, and bench coach Steve Buechele during the first inning Friday against the Indians. AP

The Rangers offense struck for three early runs but a stingy Indians bullpen helped Cleveland pull away 8-3 in the series opener Friday night in front of a paid attendance of 29,524 at Globe Life Park.

Pitching: The Indians jumped on starter Wandy Rodriguez for two runs in the first and knocked him from the game after 4 2/3 innings. Rodriguez was charged for five runs on eight hits and a walk. he struck out two. The bullpen again faltered as Kyuji Fujikawa allowed three runs on two hits, including a solo homer by Brett Hayes in the sixth. After Sam Freeman replaced Fujikawa for the final two outs in the seventh, Anthony Bass pitched two scoreless innings and Keone Kela pitched a scoreless ninth.

Hitting: Prince Fielder and Adrian Beltre belted back to back home runs in the first to give the Rangers a 3-2 lead but the offense were held scoreless the next eight innings. After the Rangers collected seven hits off Indians’ starter Bruce Chen in the first 2 1/3 innings, the Cleveland bullpen held them to two hits the rest of the game. Shin-Soo Choo had his 14-game hit streak snapped with an 0 for 4 night. Mitch Moreland was 0 for 4 with three strikeouts and Elvis Andrus was 1 for 4 with two strikeouts. Delino DeShields remained hot with two more hits.

Notable: Beltre’s fifth homer of the season, which followed Fielder’s homer in the first, was the 400th of his career. He’s the 52nd player in MLB history to hit at least 400 homers ... Choo misplayed a line drive in right in the sixth, allowing a run to score on Michael Brantley’s double that rolled to the wall.

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