Rangers offense wakes up to batter Yankees

A day after Yu Darvish dominated the Yankees from the mound, Texas turned their offense loose to secure another win over their visitors from New York as the Rangers continued their hot start to the season with a 7-3 win.

Japanese pitching sensation Darvish baffled the Yankees in a shutout effort on Tuesday, but it was the bats of the Major League-leading Rangers that got the job done on Wednesday to wrap up their three-game series.

Adrian Beltre smashed the first of his team's three home runs in the second inning, then hit an RBI single in a three-run third to help Texas grab a 4-0 lead in front of their home fans.

Beltre finished 3-for-5 with three RBIs, the final coming in the sixth where the Rangers (15-4) took a 7-2 lead.

New York (10-8) pitcher Phil Hughes lasted just 2 2/3 innings in a losing start, while Derek Jeter went 2-for-4 to push his batting average to .420.

The Yankees scored a pair of runs in the fourth inning and put another run on the board with Raul Ibanez's sole homer in the seventh.

(Writing by Jahmal Corner in Los Angeles; Editing by Peter Rutherford)