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July 25, 2012

Rangers 5, Red Sox 3 (F)

ARLINGTON – Derek Holland talked about the importance of stepping up before his start on Wednesday, and he lived up to his words.

Holland delivered a strong start, and the Texas Rangers caught a break on a wild pitch by Josh Beckett to pull away for a 5-3 victory at Rangers Ballpark.

The Rangers won the series, 2-1, and maintained a five-game lead over the Athletics and Angels in the American League West.

Holland went 7 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on five hits with one walk and seven strikeouts. He improved to 7-5 on the season, and lowered his ERA to 4.74.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the first, and Will Middlebrooks belted a solo home run in the fourth for a two-run lead.

The Rangers rallied for three runs in the fourth, though. David Murphy had an RBI double, moved to third on a single by Yorvit Torrealba and scored on a suicide squeeze by Craig Gentry. Torrealba went on to score, as Ian Kinsler’s popup dropped in shallow center field for a 3-2 lead.

The Red Sox tied it in the sixth on a solo home run by Dustin Pedroia off Holland. But the Rangers broke the 3-3 tie in the seventh inning.

Elvis Andrus reached with one out on a hit by pitch, and moved to third on a two-out single by Adrian Beltre. With Michael Young up, Red Sox starter Josh Beckett uncorked a wild pitch past catcher Kelly Shoppach that allowed Andrus to score.

Texas added an insurance run in the eighth when Nelson Cruz swatted a solo homer to right-center off Boston reliever Matt Albers.

Rangers closer Joe Nathan earned his 20th save with a perfect ninth.

-- Drew Davison

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