Rangers clip Halos in Hamilton's Texas return

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Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Adrian Beltre tied the game with a seventh- inning homer and Ian Kinsler plated the winning run with an eighth-inning single, as Texas clipped the Angels, 3-2, in the opener of a three-game set between the clubs.

A.J. Pierzynski added an RBI triple for the Rangers, who were coming off a series win at Houston to begin the season.

Tanner Scheppers (1-0) tossed a scoreless eighth and Joe Nathan followed suit in the ninth for his first save. Derek Holland allowed six hits and two runs with five strikeouts in his seven-inning outing.

Chris Iannetta homered and Mike Trout hit a run-scoring double for Los Angeles, which has dropped three in a row after an Opening Day victory.

Josh Hamilton's return to Arlington did not go well, as the outfielder was soundly booed by his former home crowd during an 0-for-4 performance which included a pair of strikeouts.

In his Halos debut, Jason Vargas surrendered eight hits and one run over 5 2/3 frames. Scott Downs (0-1) was charged with the deciding run.

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