ARLINGTON – Mike Napoli is showing signs of breaking out of his season-long slump, and Scott Feldman showed signs of his 2009 form to lead the Rangers to a 9-1 victory over the Red Sox to open a three-game series on Monday night.
Feldman retired the first five batters of the game before giving up a solo home run to Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the second inning. Boston didn’t enjoy that 1-0 lead for long, though.
The Rangers struck for four runs in the third. Craig Gentry led off with an infield single, Ian Kinsler walked and Elvis Andrus drove in a run with an infield single. Kinsler scored on the play, too, on an errant throw by Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Josh Hamilton and Michael Young followed with RBI hits to give the Rangers a 4-1 lead.
Texas extended its lead with five runs in the sixth. Nelson Cruz drew a leadoff walk, and then Napoli belted his 15th home run into the left-field seats. Gentry had an RBI single and eventually scored on an error by Red Sox leftfielder Carl Crawford. The Rangers scored their final run on a sacrifice fly by Hamilton.
That was more than enough for Feldman, who ended his night with five scoreless innings. He allowed one run on seven hits with no walks and five strikeouts over seven innings. It’s the first time Feldman has gone at least seven innings since July 9, 2010.
-- Drew Davison