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April 17, 2012

Rangers 18, Red Sox 3 (F)

BOSTON -- Mike Napoli hit two homers, including a two-run shot in the second inning, and four others went deep as the Rangers opened a two-game series at Fenway Park with an 18-3 rout over Boston.

The Rangers have won five straight games and 8 of 9 to improve to 9-2, the second-best 11-game record in club history. The 15-run victory was the largest ever for the Rangers at Fenway Park, and their 18 runs were the most ever at the 100-year-old ballpark.

Josh Hamilton went 3 for 5 five RBIs, three of which came on a three-run homer in the eighth. Hamilton's fifth homer of the year was estimated by ESPN has 469 feet. Adrian Beltre followed with a solo shot, and Nelson Cruz added a two-run shot two batters later as the Rangers scored eight times in the inning.

Michael Young, who left the game in the eighth with minor back stiffness, homered in the sixth. Elvis Andrus drove in three runs, and Craig Gentry has his first three hits off the season in his first start.

Colby Lewis overcame a shaky first inning to earn his second victory of the season. Boston was up 2-0 after Mike Aviles started with a and Dustin Pedroia followed with a two-run homer over the Green Monster. The Red Sox just missed a second two-run homer with two outs at Ryan Sweeney's drive hit high off the wall in center field. Lewis, who allowed four hits in the inning, got Cody Ross to end the threat.

The Rangers quickly countered as Cruz had a one-out double in the second and Napoli followed with a shot that cleared the Green Monster and left the ballpark. The Rangers would pile on two more, though in unspectacular fashion, as Jon Lester needed 49 pitches to get out of the inning.

The left-hander lasted only three batters into the third before he was yanked. Three would score to hand Lewis a 7-2 lead.

Lewis found a nice groove and allowed only four hits and a walk over the next six innings. He got a nice lift in the fourth from Hamilton, who fielded a Jason Repko ball off the left-field wall and rifled a throw that beat Repko to second base to end the inning.

The Rangers' Opening Day starter, Lewis (2-0) logged 107 pitches and struck out seven. He needed 27 in the first inning.

-- Jeff Wilson



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