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Rangers open series against Rays with 5-4 victory

By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - A.J. Pierzynski and Mitch Moreland hit consecutive home runs off birthday boy Jeremy Hellickson and the Texas Rangers held on for a 5-4 victory over Tampa Bay in their series opener Monday.

After Pierzynski's first homer for Texas, a two-out solo shot in the fourth that made it 2-1, Moreland pulled a 428-foot shot deep into the Texas bullpen in right-center field.

Alexi Ogando (2-0) allowed only one run on three hits but needed 89 pitches to get through 5 1-3 innings. The right-hander walked three and struck out two.

Joe Nathan, Texas' fifth pitcher, gave up a run in the ninth but got his second save this season and 300th of his career.

Hellickson (0-1) gave up three runs and five hits over five innings on his 26th birthday.

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