BOSTON – Ryan Dempster won his first game in a Texas uniform, Ian Kinsler drove in two runs but committed a costly error, and the Rangers held on for a 6-3 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
Dempster opened with six scoreless innings, although he found himself in an early jam.
Carl Crawford had a one-out double in the first inning, but Dempster caught Crawford too far off second and picked him off. That likely saved a run, as Dustin Pedroia followed with a single to left.
In the second, Cody Ross led off with a double but Dempster retired the next three batters, and went on to retire 16 of the next 18 batters.
With Texas leading 4-0, things unraveled a little bit in the seventh.
Ryan Kalish reached on an error by Ian Kinsler that would have ended the inning, but it instead put runners at first and second. The next batter, Red Sox pinch-hitter Will Middlebrooks, swatted the first pitch he saw from Dempster over the Green Monster.
The three-run blast pulled Boston to within 4-3, but that was as close as the Red Sox would come.
The Rangers had broken through in the sixth and seventh against Red Sox starter Jon Lester, who had matched Dempster for most of the night in a pitching duel.
The Rangers had two singles through five innings before David Murphy delivered the team’s first extra-base hit with a double to start the sixth. Murphy scored on an RBI single by Kinsler, who eventually scored on a single by Josh Hamilton.
Texas extended its lead to 4-0 in the seventh. Michael Young drew a one-out walk, moved to third on Geovany Soto’s hit-and-run and scored on a sacrifice fly by Murphy. Mike Olt then drew a walk, ending Lester’s night.
The Red Sox turned to right-hander Mark Melancon, who gave up an RBI single to Kinsler.
After the Red Sox had pulled to within 4-3, the Rangers regained a 5-3 lead in the eighth as Nelson Cruz had an RBI single to score Hamilton. They cushioned their lead to 6-3 in the ninth on an RBI single by Elvis Andrus.
Mike Adams worked around Adrian Gonzalez’s two-out double in a scoreless eighth, and Joe Nathan closed out the ninth for his 22nd save.
-- Drew Davison