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April 18, 2012

Rangers 6, Red Sox 3 (F)

BOSTON -- Derek Holland allowed two runs in seven innings, and Mike Napoli had a two-run homer and a two-run double as the Rangers completed a two-game sweep of Boston with a 6-3 victory Wednesday at Fenway Park.

The win pushed the Rangers' record to 10-2 and matched the club record for the best mark after 12 games, also done in 1989. The Rangers have won six straight games, five straight on the road, and have won four straight series to start a season for only the third time in club history.

Holland issued a two-run homer to Kevin Youkilis in the second inning as the Rangers trailed the Red Sox 2-0 for a second straight game. But Josh Hamilton brought in a run in the third with an infield hit, and Napoli homered to left field after David Murphy had walked to start the fourth.

The Rangers were up only 3-2 when Franklin Morales replaced Josh Beckett to start the eighth. Morales retired the first batter, Elvis Andrus, but the next three reached to load the bases. The right-handed-hitting Craig Gentry pinch-hit against the left-handed Morales, and was hit in the foot to force in a run.

Napoli followed. Boston manager Bobby Valentine left Morales in the game even through Napoli entered the at-bat with a .291 career average against lefties. Napoli hit a rope off the Green Monster as two runs scored for a 6-2 lead.

Boston scored once against Joe Nathan in the ninth inning in a non-save situation and brought the tying run to the plate, but pinch-hitter Jarrod Saltalamacchia lined into a double play to end the game.

-- Jeff Wilson


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if not for the HBP, the idiot move of Ron pinch hitting with worthless Gentry with the bases loaded might have kept the game a one run affair and had a totally different outcome...

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