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Hamilton, Beltre Homer As Rangers Beat Indians

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Josh Hamilton and Adrian Beltre homered before each left the game with injuries, and the Texas Rangers beat the slumping Cleveland Indians 5-2 Wednesday night.

Hamilton didn't take the field in the top of the eighth inning, and the Rangers announced just before the game ended that Hamilton was forced out because of left knee soreness.

Beltre hit a two-run homer in the first, his 13th in his last 20 games, before exiting the game in the fifth with a strained left shoulder.

Beltre landed hard on his left side when he made a diving stop of Russ Canzler's grounder in the second inning. The Rangers announced that Beltre will have a precautionary MRI.

After Beltre drew a walk in the third, Rangers manager Ron Washington and trainer Jamie Reed checked on the three-time All-Star. Beltre remained in the game before leaving when the Rangers took the field in the fifth.

Mike Olt replaced Beltre at third.

Beltre hit a two-run homer in the first, his 13th in his last 20 games. He came in batting .317 with 31 HRs and 90 RBIs.

Ryan Dempster (11-6) won his fifth straight start and improved to 6-1 since he was acquired by the Rangers on July 31. The right-hander allowed two runs and struck out eight in seven innings.


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