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Rangers spread hits around in outburst

ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Rangers' offense, quiet for much of a 10-game road trip that ended Sunday, came to life in Monday’s 8-3 win over Houston.

Cleanup hitter Adrian Beltre had three hits and two RBIs. Josh Hamilton, hitting in front of Beltre, added two hits and batted in a pair of runs.

The Rangers also got production from the bottom of the order.

Craig Gentry, hitting ninth, raised his batting average to .271 with three hits and stole three bases.

“I’m just going up there with confidence and have fun,’’ Gentry said. “That’s what the coaches have talked to me about and that’s what I’m trying to do.’’

First baseman Mitch Moreland, hitless until the eighth inning, cranked a 455-foot home run as an exclamation mark.

Moreland’s home run distance has been surpassed at Rangers Ballpark this season only by a Nelson Cruz blast measured at 459 feet and ranks tied for eighth all-time at the stadium.

“It was a 3-1 count and I was looking dead red,’’ Moreland said. “It was good to get one like that because a few of my at-bats recently have not been what I wanted them to be.’’

Moreland said, yes, this homestand could be a good time for the Rangers to put together a winning streak and open more daylight on their AL West lead.