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Nick Tepesch strong in debut, Rangers top Rays 6-1

11:46 PM, Apr 9, 2013   |    comments
Apr 9, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Texas Rangers starting pitcher Nick Tepesch (45) throws during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports
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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Nick Tepesch pitched into the eighth inning in his major league debut, Lance Berkman had a key two-run single among three hits and the Texas Rangers beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-1 Tuesday night.

Tepesch retired 12 straight batters before hesitating to pick up a slow roller from Kelly Johnson that went for a one-out single in the eighth. The 24-year-old right-hander left to a standing ovation after Desmond Jennings followed with his second double of the game.

Tepesch (1-0) allowed four hits and a run with three walks and five strikeouts.

Roberto Hernandez (0-2) gave up eight hits and six runs - five earned - in 6 2-3 innings.

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