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MLB: Texas 6, Tampa Bay 5

Aug. 27, 2012 at 11:56 PM   |   Comments

ARLINGTON, Texas, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- Adrian Beltre drove in four runs Monday, including the go-ahead RBI in the fifth inning of the Texas Rangers' 6-5 decision over Tampa Bay.

With the score tied 5-5 in the fifth, Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton led off with singles and Beltre followed with a third straight hit off Rays starter David Price (16-5), providing the winning margin.

Beltre finished 3-for-3 with a solo homer -- going back-to-back with Nelson Cruz in the second inning -- and added a two-run double in the next frame.

Starter Derek Holland (9-6) allowed five runs (three earned) on six hits over six innings before the Rangers' bullpen took over.

Alexi Ogando and Mike Adams each tossed a scoreless frame and Joe Nathan secured the win with his 26th save for American League West-leading Texas.

Price was roughed up for 10 hits over four full innings, yielding six runs.

Evan Longoria belted a two-run homer and B.J Upton also knocked in a pair for the AL wild card-leading Rays, who dropped the opener of a three-game series.

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