Beltre leads Rangers over Angels; Chirinos breaks forearm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) Adrian Beltre homered and doubled twice, leading Cole Hamels and the Texas Rangers over the Los Angeles Angels 4-1 Saturday night.
The Rangers, however, lost catcher Robinson Chirinos to a broken right forearm. He left in the middle of the game.
Hamels (2-0) pitched six crisp innings to win his ninth straight decision in the regular season. He allowed a run and four hits, struck out four and induced three double-play grounders in his Angel Stadium debut.
Shawn Tolleson pitched the ninth for his second save.
Garrett Richards (0-2) gave up two earned runs and eight hits in 6 2/3 innings.
Beltre, who turned 37 years old on Thursday, gave the defending AL West champions a 2-1 lead in the fourth with a leadoff homer. It was his first this season and 414th of his career, tying Darrell Evans for 46th place all-time.
Beltre has 36 homers, 137 career RBIs and 233 hits against the Angels, his highest totals against one club.