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Kinsler HR in return, Tigers beat Rangers 8-2

By STEPHEN HAWKINS
AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Ian Kinsler homered in the first at-bat of his return to Texas as an opponent and J.D. Martinez had a tiebreaking two-run shot as the Detroit Tigers beat the Rangers 8-2 on Tuesday night.

The AL Central-leading Tigers won their fifth consecutive game.

Kinsler spent the first eight seasons of his career in Texas before being traded for Prince Fielder in a swap of All-Stars last winter. Kinsler got more cheers than boos when he was introduced in the first inning, then sent a pitch by Colby Lewis (5-5) into the left-field seats.

Martinez homered to center off Lewis in the seventh, a pitch after Victor Martinez doubled, for a 3-1 lead.

Adrian Beltre went 4 for 4 for Texas, pushing his career total to 2,503 hits.

Drew Smyly (4-6) allowed only one unearned run over six innings.

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