ARLINGTON – The offense came through with timely hits, Derek Holland had his best start of the season and the Texas Rangers rolled to a 7-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday night at Rangers Ballpark.
The Rangers’ offense had been reeling with runners in scoring position, but finally broke through with a season-high 17 hits. They scored a run in the second on an infield single by Craig Gentry, and then broke loose for five runs in the fourth inning.
With two outs and a runner on first, Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus had consecutive singles that produced one run. Lance Berkman then drew a walk to load the bases, and Adrian Beltre delivered a bases-clearing, three-run double.
Beltre had been 4-for-his-last-34 with runners in scoring position. Beltre wound up scoring, too, as Nelson Cruz singled to center.
The Rangers extended their lead to 7-0 on an RBI double by Kinsler in the fifth.
That was more than enough for Holland, who threw eight scoreless innings, scattering six hits with one walk and nine strikeouts. He improved to 2-2 and lowered his ERA to 2.74 for the season.
Reliever Derek Lowe worked the ninth, and held the shutout in tact. It's the Rangers' fifth shutout of the season, as they are tied for most in the American League with Seattle and Tampa Bay.
Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli, in his first game back at Rangers Ballpark, went 0-for-4 and ended the game by grounding out.
-- Drew Davison