Friday, May 3, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 7, Red Sox 0
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak with one of their most complete efforts of the season, pounding the Boston Red Sox 7-0 on Friday night at Rangers Ballpark.
Offensive breakout: The Rangers had a season-high 18 hits. More importantly, they were 6-for-10 with runners in scoring position after going 3-for-26 in their previous four losses. It took a while for the Texas offense to start producing on the scoreboard, scoring one run on eight hits in the first three innings. But the Rangers broke loose for five runs on five hits in the bottom of the fourth keyed by Adrian Beltre's three-run double for a 5-0 lead.
Beltre busts out: Beltre had a 4-for-5 night, getting revved up with singles in the first and third innings to set up his bases-clearing double, which broke the game open. Beltre improved to 5-for-35 with runners in scoring position. The Rangers hope this is the start of a hot streak.
Holland dazzles: Left-hander Derek Holland continued his strong start to the season by dominating the Red Sox for eight innings. Holland allowed six singles and had nine strikeouts and just one walk. The left-hander has pitched at least seven innings in five of his six starts this season.
Kinsler stays hot: Ian Kinsler extended his hitting streak to eight games by getting three more hits. It was Kinsler's sixth multihit effort in eight games. Kinsler had an RBI double in the fifth inning to give the Rangers a 7-0 lead.
Moreland frustrates Sox: Mitch Moreland had three more hits to up his season average to .271, the highest it has been this season. Moreland beat the shift on the Red Sox in the fourth inning, hitting a ground ball to where Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks would normally have played.
Web Gem: Shortstop Elvis Andrus made yet another great defensive play, going behind second base to start a double play. He flipped the ball out of his glove to Kinsler at second base, who made an easy turn to end the inning.
Up next: The Rangers try to continue their dominance of Boston in the second game of a three-game series. Right-hander Alexi Ogando (2-2, 3.38 ERA) will face right-hander John Lackey (1-1, 2.61 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.