Hamburg beats Hoffenheim to keep home run

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FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- Striker Artjoms Rudnevs scored both goals as Hamburger SV beat Hoffenheim 2-0 on Friday for its third straight home win in the Bundesliga.

Hoffenheim fell to its fifth consecutive defeat and gave Frank Kramer a losing start in his job as interim coach. Kramer replaced Markus Babbel, who was fired on Monday.

Rudnevs opened the scoring in the 27th minute, heading in a cross from Dennis Diekmeier -- with the ball spinning and dipping over 20-year-old goalkeeper Koen Casteels.

Tolgay Arslan hit Hoffenheim's crossbar, while at the other end Sejad Salihovic and Roberto Firmino tested Rene Adler with long-range attempts.

Rudnevs got his sixth goal of the season in the 74th, after Sebastian Rudy's clearance fell kindly in front of him.