Rangers Eliminate Rays on Beltre’s Three Home Runs

Beltre hits 3 HRs; Texas wins 4-3, ousts Rays
Eds: APNewsNow. Rangers 4, Rays 3.

By FRED GOODALL
AP Baseball Writer
      ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Adrian Beltre hit three straight
home runs and the Texas Rangers powered themselves back into the AL
championship series, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 Tuesday to win
their playoff matchup.

      Beltre became just the seventh player to homer three times in a
postseason game. He led the Rangers to victory in Game 4 of the
best-of-five division series.

      Texas ended the Rays' remarkable run to the AL wild-card spot,
and will play for the pennant against the Tigers-Yankees winner.

      Ian Kinsler led off the game for Texas by homering on the second
pitch from rookie Jeremy Hellickson.

      Matt Harrison, who made a relief appearance in the Rangers' loss
in the series opener, pitched five innings to get the win in his
first postseason start. Neftali Feliz gave up a run in the ninth
inning before closing for his third save of the series.
      
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