Beltre powers Rangers past Rays
Adrian Beltre was 3 for 3 with a home run and four RBI, including the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning, to lead the Texas Rangers to a 6-5 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.
Elvis Andrus scored on Beltre’s single to give the AL West leaders a series-opening win.
Nelson Cruz also homered and Mike Olt added an RBI for Texas.
Derek Holland (9-6) got the win, giving up five runs (three earned) on six hits in six innings. He struck out five and walked one.
Joe Nathan earned his 23rd consecutive save opportunity and 26th this season.
Tampa Bay ace David Price (16-5) snapped a stretch of 12 consecutive quality starts in which he had pitched at least seven innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits in four innings.