Ian Kinsler got things going quickly for the Texas Rangers, sending John Lackey’s first pitch of the night into the left-field seats. It was his 28th career leadoff homer, and the Rangers have won nine consecutive games when Kinsler leads off with a homer.
“I was just ready to hit,” Kinsler said. “He gave me a good pitch and I put a good swing on it.”
Kinsler now has four career homers off Lackey, which ties for his most off a single pitcher along with John Danks and Joe Saunders.
Kinsler’s hit was the first of 10 for the Rangers, who are batting .378 over the first two games of the series.
Here are other notes from the game:
* Alexi Ogando earned his first win since April 8. He held the Red Sox to one run on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts over six-plus innings. Ogando battled for most of the night, but was pleased with his fastball command. “I couldn’t locate all my pitches and some of the hitters took advantage of that,” Ogando said. “I felt really good about my fastball and I was able to pound them inside the white lines and they really helped me with my slider.”
* Craig Gentry came through with his first homer of the season, a two-run shot in the eighth inning that snapped a 100-game homerless drought. Gentry finished the game by going 2-for-4 with a career-high-tying three RBIs.
* Closer Joe Nathan worked a perfect ninth inning, his first game action since April 26.
* With the win, the Rangers guaranteed themselves of winning the series. They are now 6-1-3 in their 10 series this season. Texas has had a good track record against Boston since the 2009 season, too, as it has gone 27-12.-- Drew Davison