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MLB: Texas 8, New York Mets 1

June 24, 2011 at 11:48 PM

ARLINGTON, Texas, June 24 (UPI) -- Adrian Beltre hit the first of three Texas homers during a three-run first Friday and the Rangers coasted to an 8-1 victory over the New York Mets.

Matt Harrison (6-6) easily protected the early lead, giving up a run on seven hits with four strikeouts in seven innings.

Three of the first four batters scored in the Texas first off Mike Pelfrey (4-6). Ian Kinsler opened the inning with a double, moved to second on a sacrifice and then scored on Josh Hamilton's single. Beltre followed with his 13th homer of the season.

The Rangers produced a 13-hit attack that featured two-run homers by Michael Young in the seventh and Hamilton in the eighth.

Texas has won five of its last seven and the Mets have dropped five out of eight.

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