Beltre helps Rangers down Twins

Adrian Beltre went 3-for-4 with a walk and two RBI, as the visiting Texas Rangers posted a 6-2 victory over the Minnesota Twins in the middle test of a three-game series.

Yu Darvish made his first major league road start and the most impressive part about the outing was his ability to limit the damage. Texas' prized acquisition gave up nine hits, issued four walks and hit another batter yet allowed only one earned run in 5 2/3 innings.

Josh Hamilton clubbed a solo homer, doubled twice and scored three runs for the Rangers. Nelson Cruz and Brandon Snyder also had three hits and scored a run.

Denard Span collected three hits and knocked in a run for Minnesota.

Nick Blackburn started for the Twins and surrendered two runs on seven hits before leaving in the sixth inning with a right posterior shoulder strain.