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Rangers Vs. Indians Final Score: Texas Opens Series With 6-4 Victory

Two days after being held scoreless by the Tampa Bay Rays, Ron Washington's Texas Rangers picked up a much-needed victory on Tuesday night over Cleveland, 6-4.

The Rangers added four runs in the second inning alone off Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez after an error-filled frame, which proved to be more than enough run support for right-hander Matt Harrison to work with. Although he tossed just 87 pitches over five and two-thirds innings before exiting, Harrison struck out six and still left the yard with his team-leading 16th victory of the season.

Offensively, Adrian Beltre led the way with a 2-for-5 performance that included his 31st home run of the season off Jimenez in the fifth inning. On-base wizard David Murphy also padded his 0-for-2 night from the plate with a pair of walks and his ninth stolen base of the year.

Set to face Cleveland youngster Jeanmar Gomez, 35-year-old Ryan Dempster will take the mound on Wednesday for Game 2 of the series in search of his sixth victory in a Rangers uniform.

Head over to Lone Star Ball for more Rangers coverage, and be sure to visit Let's Go Tribe for more on the Indians. Also check out Baseball Nation for even more news and analysis from around the league.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.