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Rangers score 8 in 1st, beat Tigers 10-4
By NOAH TRISTER
DETROIT (AP) Josh Hamilton hit a three-run homer during Texas' eight-run first inning, and Mike Napoli went deep for a fifth straight game to lead the Rangers to a 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers on Saturday in the first game of a doubleheader.
Texas has won eight straight.
The Rangers routed Detroit 10-3 on Thursday night in the first game of a four-game set. After a rainout Friday, they picked up where they'd left off, sending 12 men to the plate in the first against Rick Porcello (1-1).
Matt Harrison (3-0) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2-3 innings. He struck out six.
Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre left the game after his second-inning double with a strained left hamstring.
The Rangers improved their major league-best record to 12-2. They've scored 44 runs in their last four games, and this was the first time they allowed more than three during their winning streak.
Texas is off to a 7-0 start on the road, and the Rangers' starting rotation is 10-0, both team records.
Porcello entered his start with a 1.84 ERA. It was 6.32 by the time he left. He allowed nine runs - eight earned - and 10 hits before being pulled with nobody out and two on in the second.
Kinsler added a two-run triple for his second hit of the inning.
Cruz hit another RBI single in the second before Porcello was lifted. After finishing Thursday's game with 19 hits, the Rangers had 14 in the first four innings Saturday and ended up with 17.
Harrison had allowed only one run in 17 innings this season before the fourth, when Jackson connected and Delmon Young hit an RBI double. The Texas left-hander departed with a man on in the eighth, and Cabrera hit a two-run homer off Koji Uehara.
Detroit's Duane Below, who relieved Porcello, pitched six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out four.
Beltre hit a double in the second but was holding his left hamstring after pulling up at second. He is day to day.
NOTES: Porcello's eight earned runs matched a career worst, and this was the shortest start of his career. ... Beltre hasn't missed a game this season, but he spent time on the disabled list last year with a left hamstring strain and was limited to 124 games in 2011.
Updated April 21, 2012