Beltre, Rangers rip road-warrior Red SoxMay 4, 2013 - 5:04 AM
Ian Kinsler added three hits and drove in a run, with Elvis Andrus and Nelson Cruz contributing two hits and an RBI apiece for the Rangers, who had dropped four of five coming in but managed to blank the BoSox, who entered play with the best record in the majors (20-8) along with the best road mark at 9-3.
Holland (2-2) struck out nine and surrendered six hits and one walk, then Derek Lowe finished the game with a perfect ninth.
"I thought my slider was real good today," said Holland. "I didn't use too many curveballs. I kept my defense on their toes. Those guys are making some outstanding plays for me."
Jacoby Ellsbury hit safely twice for the Red Sox, who lost for the third time in their last 10. Felix Doubront (3-1) was tagged in defeat for 12 hits and six runs over just 3 2/3 frames.
Ahead by a run, Texas extended its lead in the fourth. Mitch Moreland and Kinsler hit back-to-back one-out singles before an Andrus hit made it 2-0. Lance Berkman walked to load the bases ahead of a three-run double by Beltre that signaled Doubront's exit. Alex Wilson promptly served up an RBI single to Cruz for a six-run spread.
Kinsler's run-scoring double pushed the Rangers' edge to 7-0 in the fifth and Holland did the rest.
He stranded two runners in the sixth by inducing a Dustin Pedroia groundout, then worked around singles from Jonny Gomes and Ellsbury in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively, to keep the visitors off the board.
Jeff Baker kept the home second alive with a two-out double, Moreland singled to put two in scoring position, and Texas led 1-0 on Craig Gentry's infield hit.
"It was definitely a big game for us," said Moreland. "It was a good way to start the series. That's a good team over there so we wanted to come out and set the tone and I feel like we did that."
Texas has won the season series over Boston in each of the last three years, and has racked up a 19-10 mark against the Red Sox since 2010 ... The Rangers rapped out a season-best 18 hits, while Holland's nine K's were also a season high ... Holland improved to 5-1 with a 2.41 ERA in six career starts against Boston ... Boston's David Ortiz had an infield hit in the second inning. He has a career-high 23-game hit streak going back to last season.
- BOSTON: 0
May 3 11:13 PM
- Ian Kinsler double to center scored Mitch Moreland with one out. On the play, Leonys Martin advances to third. Runners on second and third and Elvis Andrus due up.
Red Sox 0, Rangers 7 Bot 5, 1 OutMay 3 10:03 PM
- Nelson Cruz single to center scored Adrian Beltre with two out. Runner on first and A.J. Pierzynski due up.
Red Sox 0, Rangers 6 Bot 4, 2 OutsMay 3 9:50 PM
- Adrian Beltre double to center scored Ian Kinsler, Elvis Andrus and Lance Berkman with two out. Runner on second and Nelson Cruz due up.
Red Sox 0, Rangers 5 Bot 4, 2 OutsMay 3 9:45 PM
- Elvis Andrus single to left scored Mitch Moreland with two out. On the play, Ian Kinsler advances to second. Runners on first and second and Lance Berkman due up.
Red Sox 0, Rangers 2 Bot 4, 2 OutsMay 3 9:39 PM
- Craig Gentry infield single to short scored Jeff Baker with two out. On the play, Mitch Moreland advances to third on Pedro Ciriaco's throwing error. Runners on first and third and Ian Kinsler due up.
Red Sox 0, Rangers 1 Bot 2, 2 OutsMay 3 8:46 PM
- BOSTON: 0
Top 1, 0 Outs
May 3 8:08 PM
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