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Beltre Struggles, Rangers Streak Ends

Beltre Struggles, Rangers Streak Ends
Saturday, April 9, 2011 - 6:31pm

Rookie Zach Britton took a two-hitter into the eighth inning, and the Baltimore Orioles handed the Texas Rangers their first loss of the season Saturday, 5-0 in the opener of a doubleheader.

As the last remaining unbeaten team in the majors, the Rangers were seeking to match the franchise-record 7-0 start of the 1996 club.

But the defending AL champions fell behind 5-0 after three innings and never threatened to make up the difference.

Britton (2-0) allowed four hits in 7 2-3 innings. He walked three, struck out two and allowed only two runners past first base in his second big league start.

The left-hander was aided by three double plays - two of which came off the bat of Texas cleanup hitter Adrian Beltre.

In the eighth, after Texas got runners at the corners with two outs, Jason Berken came in and retired Ian Kinsler on a fielder's choice.

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