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Texas wins eighth straight

Josh Hamilton hit a three-run homer during Texas' eight-run first inning, and Mike Napoli went deep for a fifth straight game to lead the Rangers to a 10-4 win over the Detroit Tigers yesterday in the first game of a doubleheader. Texas has won eight straight.

The Rangers routed Detroit, 10-3, on Thursday night in the first game of a four-game set. After a rainout Friday, they picked up where they'd left off, sending 12 men to the plate in the first against Rick Porcello (1-1).

Matt Harrison (3-0) allowed three runs and six hits in 72/3 innings. He struck out six. Miguel Cabrera and Austin Jackson homered for the Tigers, who sent Justin Verlander to the mound for the nightcap.

Texas third baseman Adrian Beltre hurt his left hamstring and had to leave, although manager Ron Washington was optimistic the injury wasn't serious. Beltre hit a second-inning double and was holding his left hamstring after pulling up at second. He was taken out with Texas already leading 8-0.

Nationals 3, Marlins 2: Ian Desmond hit a home run and had the winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning as the Nationals improved to 12-4, continuing their best start since moving to Washington from Montreal in 2005. Florida's Logan Morrison hit a two-run homer off Brad Lidge in the top of the ninth inning to tie the game at 2.

Cubs 6, Reds 1: Paul Maholm pitched six solid innings to earn his first win in nine months and host Chicago stopped a six-game slide. Maholm (1-2) allowed one run and four hits to snap a personal six-game losing streak. The lefthander struck out five and walked three in his first victory since July 10 for Pittsburgh against the Cubs.

Lee sidelined

The Phillies placed Cliff Lee on the 15-day disabled list, three days after he strained a muscle in his left side in the 10th inning of his gem at San Francisco. "We're being very cautious with this," general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. ''There's no reason for him to kind of completely blow it out because it's an injury that if he hurts himself and really pulls it, we could lose him for a long time."

-- AP

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