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Associated Press , Published August 24 2012

Beltre hits for cycle as Rangers defeat Twins

ARLINGTON, Texas – The Minnesota Twins haven’t figured out how to slow down Adrian Beltre.

They also couldn’t get anything going against Texas left-hander Matt Harrison.

Beltre hit for the cycle and Harrison pitched eight innings after taking a no-hit bid into the seventh Friday night in the Rangers’ 8-0 victory.

“Pretty much dominated by the young left-hander over there, he pretty much ate us up,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “We were pretty much a non-factor in the game today. They pretty much dominated.”

Minnesota didn’t get a hit until Trevor Plouffe lined a single to left off Harrison (15-7) with two outs in the seventh. Jamey Carroll followed with another hit before Alexi Casilla had an inning-ending comebacker.

“He had good run on his fastball, throwing a pretty good changeup,” Carroll said. “He works real fast and you never get settled in in there. He’s throwing strikes, hitting both sides of the plate, and we couldn’t really find anything to get its way through until (the seventh).”

The Twins (51-74), who have the AL’s worst record, are 1-7 on their 10-game trip that wraps up with two more games against the AL West-leading Rangers this weekend.

Samuel Deduno (4-2) lost his second consecutive start after winning his first four major league decisions. The right-hander allowed seven runs and 11 hits over five innings.

Deduno’s throwing error contributed to the Rangers scoring five runs in the second for a 6-0 lead.

The solid single by Plouffe came right after left fielder David Murphy made a diving catch fully extended on Ryan Doumit’s sinking liner to keep the no-hit bid intact. Murphy had no chance to get to the next ball hit his way.

“That was an unbelievable play,” said Harrison, who pumped his fist when Murphy made the catch. “I guess I got a little too excited right there. I still feel like I made a pretty good pitch to (Plouffe).”

After shaking off catcher Luis Martinez calling for a fastball, Harrison threw a changeup. Plouffe got enough bat on the ball to knock it over the infield for the Twins’ first hit.

Beltre completed his second career cycle with a seventh-inning single. It came two nights after he hit three homers in a game against Baltimore.

After an RBI triple in the first inning against the Twins, his first three-base hit in two years, Beltre had an RBI double to cap the Rangers’ five-run second. Beltre led off the fifth with his 24th homer, his third consecutive game with a homer.

Over the past four games, Beltre is 12 of 18 with five homers, three doubles and a triple. He had three hits with a homer in the series opener against Minnesota on Thursday night.

Minnesota Texas

ab r h bi ab r h bi

Revere cf 4 0 0 0 Kinsler 2b 4 1 2 2

Mstrnn rf 3 0 0 0 Andrus ss 4 0 2 1

Mauer c 4 0 0 0 Hamltn dh 5 1 1 0

Mornea 1b 4 0 0 0 Beltre 3b 4 1 4 3

Doumit lf 4 0 1 0 LHrndz 3b 0 0 0 0

Plouffe dh 4 0 1 0 N.Cruz rf 4 0 0 0

JCarrll 3b 2 0 1 0 DvMrp lf 4 1 2 0

ACasill 2b 3 0 0 0 Morlnd 1b 4 1 2 1

Flormn ss 3 0 0 0 LMrtnz c 3 1 0 0

Gentry cf 4 2 2 0

Totals 31 0 3 0 Totals 36 8 15 7

Minnesota 000 000 000—0

Texas 150 010 01x—8

E—Deduno (2), M.Harrison (1). DP—Minnesota 2. LOB—Minnesota 6, Texas 7. 2B—Beltre (26), Dav.Murphy (25). 3B—Beltre (1). HR—Beltre (24).

IP H R ER BB SO

Minnesota

Deduno L,4-2 5 11 7 7 1 0

Waldrop 3 4 1 1 0 2

Texas

Harrison W,15-7 8 2 0 0 2 5

R.Ross 1 1 0 0 0 1

HBP—by Deduno (L.Martinez, Andrus).

T—2:16. A—45,823 (48,194).