ARLINGTON, Texas -- We are just four games into the season and Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz are carrying the Rangers.
After six innings here, the Rangers lead 5-1.
Cruz tied the score with a home run, a solo shot to left in the fourth. Then after Josh Hamilton walked (he's 0-10 with seven strikeouts), Guerrero doubled to the gap in right center to break the tie in the sixth.
Cruz then singled to left to bring in Guerrero to push the lead to 3-1. Jason Vargas, who has never beaten the Rangers, was lifted for right-hander Shawn Kelley.
Milton Bradley has been booed most of the night here, and he's 0-3 with two strikeouts. His throw to the plate was late as Cruz scored on a single by Joaquin Arias in the last of the sixth.
In case you're wondering if things stay close, Ron Washington, the manager of this Texas Rangers club, will stick with closer Frank Francisco. By the way, right handers are hitting .667 against him.
As the inning comes to a close, the Rangers scored four runs on five hits and lead, as we said before, 5-1.