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TEX@DET: Rangers push across eight runs in the first

DETROIT -- Matt Harrison had to wait three extra days to make his third start of the season. His teammates made him wait a little longer before he could throw his first pitch.

"I definitely don't mind waiting around when we're hitting the ball like that," said Harrison, who was pitching on seven days' rest because of rotation juggling and weather delays.

The Rangers made him wait about 20 minutes while they scored eight first-inning runs off of Tigers starter Rick Porcello, and they ran their winning streak to eight games with a 10-4 victory on Saturday afternoon.

The Rangers have now tied for the seventh longest winning streak in club history. The victory, in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader, was also a club-record seventh straight victory on the road to start the season.

Josh Hamilton, continuing his season-opening rampage, launched the rally with a three-run home run, his sixth of the season. This marked the first time the Rangers have scored at least eight runs in the first inning since May 3, 2004 against the Rays at the Ballpark in Arlington. The last time it happened on the road was July 21, 1998 against the Royals, with a nine-run first inning in Kansas City.

Mike Napoli hit a ninth-inning home run that was his sixth in five games. He has now hit a home run in five straight games, two short of the club record set by Kevin Mench in 2006.

"We just came out locked in today," outfielder David Murphy said. "It was awesome, when our offense is focused like that and gets going early. Today we got going early with an exclamation point."

Harrison responded to the opening offensive salvo by retiring the first nine hitters he faced. He was sitting with a 9-0 lead when the Tigers scored two in the fourth, but he ended up pitching 7 2/3 innings. He was tagged with a third run when Brennan Boesch singled with two out in the seventh and Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run home run off reliever Koji Uehara.

But Harrison is still 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA in three starts and has a seven-game winning streak during the regular season going back to last year.

"He was outstanding," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "He had a good sinker, especially in on left-handers. He had a good breaking ball, he spotted his fastball especially and kept the ball down. A powerful lineup like that, you're not going to keep down completely, but fortunately they only got two that inning."

Ian Kinsler started the Rangers' big first inning with a grounder off of Porcello's pitching hand that went for an infield single. Kinsler then stole second, while Elvis Andrus worked an eight-pitch walk.

That brought up Hamilton, and Porcello got him to hit a weak foul ball down the third-base line that Cabrera couldn't get to beyond the coach's box. Hamilton blasted the next pitch deep into the right-field seats for a three-run home run.

"That's just a good piece of hitting, really," Porcello said. "I've got to tip my hat to him there. I threw a changeup down and away that he was basically fooled on. I got him thinking about offspeed, exactly what I wanted to do. ... I went in with a four-seamer, got it in off the plate, and he crushed it. I mean, that one, I've got to tip my hat there. He's just a great hitter.

"As far as the rest of the lineup, they're all really good hitters, but I've got to do a better job of keeping them off balance."

Adrian Beltre followed with a single, Michael Young reached on second baseman Brandon Inge's throwing error and Nelson Cruz singled to left to make it 4-0. Murphy's single loaded the bases and, after Napoli struck out, Mitch Moreland grounded a single to right just under Inge's glove that brought home two more runs.

"We found a lot of holes," Kinsler said. "Porcello is tough when he's got his sinker going, but today we were able to find holes. We're just trying to have good at-bats. With our talent, we're capable of big innings, but we're just trying to string good at-bats together."

Kinsler followed with a two-run triple to finish off the rally, and Porcello didn't make it out of the second inning. Beltre led off the inning with a double, although he strained his left hamstring running into second base. Alberto Gonzalez replaced him as a pinch-runner and scored on a single by Young.

"We just couldn't stop the bleeding that first inning," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said. "It just got out of hand." Comments