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Cleveland's Travis Hafner breaks his bat during the first inning Monday. He later hit a grand slam.

Cleveland’s Travis Hafner breaks his bat during the first inning Monday. He later hit a grand slam.

Tony Dejak, Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Travis Hafner hit a grand slam and Cliff Lee pitched six innings with help from his infield, leading the the Cleveland Indians to a 6-3 win in the home opener against the Minnesota Twins on Monday.

During pregame ceremonies, the Indians celebrated their first 10 years at Jacobs Field by unveiling a new $7 million scoreboard.

Hafner connected in the third inning off Kyle Lohse (0-2) and Matt Lawton added a solo shot in the seventh for Cleveland, which stopped a three-game losing streak.

The Indians went 2-5 — three were extra-inning losses — on a season-opening road trip they could blame squarely on their bullpen's inability to finish games.

But Lee (1-0), who allowed five hits in six innings and induced three double plays, handed over a 5-2 lead that Cleveland's relievers finally protected.

RANGERS 7, ANGELS 6: At Arlington, Texas, pinch-hitter Brad Fullmer burned his former team with a three-run double that capped a five-run sixth inning.

Hank Blalock was 3-for-5 with a go-ahead two-run single, and finished the four-game series with 10 hits.

After Ben Webber replaced Jarrod Washburn (1-1) with two on and one out in the sixth, Michael Young reached on an infield single — a grounder that third baseman Shane Halter made a backhanded diving stop of behind the base.