Rangers swat Angels, take series

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by Matt Mitchell / KVUE Sports

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Posted on April 7, 2013 at 10:38 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 8 at 7:27 AM

  Lance BerkmanDavid Murphy and Ian Kinsler homered for the Texas Rangers, who won two of three games in their home-opening series against the Los Angeles Angels after a 7-3 victory Sunday night even though Yu Darvish was far from perfect.

 

Darvish (2-0) came within one out of a perfect game in his first start five days earlier at Houston, but trailed 2-0 only five batters into his 2013 home debut.

 

Berkman had a two-run shot in the bottom of the first off Jered Weaver (0-1), and Murphy added a solo shot two batters later to put Texas ahead to stay.

 

Both starters pitched only five innings. Darvish had a blister on his right ring finger and Weaver had a strained left (non-throwing) elbow when he fell awkwardly diving out of the way of a liner.

 

Josh Hamilton, booed throughout his return to Texas, had three hits for the Angels.

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