Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Nick Tepesch turned in a sensational major- league debut and received plenty of support from his Texas teammates as the Rangers cruised to a 6-1 victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Rays at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Tepesch (1-0) yielded just one run and four hits while striking out five batters before being removed with one out in top of the eighth. The rookie retired 12 consecutive hitters before surrendering a single to Kelly Johnson followed by a Desmond Jennings double in his final inning of work.
Lance Berkman was the offensive star in Texas' third straight win and sixth triumph in seven outings following an Opening Night defeat, going 3-for-4 with a two-run single. Elvis Andrus also drove in a pair of runs for the Rangers, while Leonys Martin finished 2-for-3 and scored three times.
Jennings recorded two of his team's four hits in the setback, the third in a row for the Rays and second straight in this series. Roberto Hernandez (0-2) was hit with the loss after permitting six runs -- five earned -- over 6 2/3 innings.