ARLINGTON – Ian Kinsler swatted a leadoff homer in the first inning, Alexi Ogando had his third consecutive quality start and the Texas Rangers pulled away for a 5-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night at Rangers Ballpark.
With the win, the Rangers clinched their sixth series victory and improved to 19-11 on the season.
Kinsler started things off by taking Red Sox starter John Lackey deep to left. It wasn’t a close call, although Boston outfielder Daniel Nava looked confused as he played it as though it would be a routine fly out.
But Nava came through offensively for the Red Sox with an RBI single in the second that scored David Ortiz and tied the game at 1-1.
The Rangers regained a 3-1 lead in the fourth. Craig Gentry had an infield RBI single that scored two runs when the Red Sox made an error.
Gentry then sealed the game with a two-run homer in the eighth inning off Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara. It was Gentry’s first of the season, and third career blast.
Ogando earned his first victory since April 8. He allowed one run on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over six innings. Robbie Ross, Tanner Scheppers and Joe Nathan pitched the final three innings.-- Drew Davison