Rapid Reaction: Rangers 7, Red Sox 0
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers snapped a two-game losing streak with one of their most complete efforts of the season, pounding the Boston Red Sox 7-0 on Friday night at Rangers Ballpark.
Offensive breakout: The Rangers had a season-high 18 hits. More importantly, they were 6-for-10 with runners in scoring position after going 3-for-26 in their previous four losses. It took a while for the Texas offense to start producing on the scoreboard, scoring one run on eight hits in the first three innings. But the Rangers broke loose for five runs on five hits in the bottom of the fourth keyed by Adrian Beltre's three-run double for a 5-0 lead.
Beltre busts out: Beltre had a 4-for-5 night, getting revved up with singles in the first and third innings to set up his bases-clearing double, which broke the game open. Beltre improved to 5-for-35 with runners in scoring position. The Rangers hope this is the start of a hot streak.
Holland dazzles: Left-hander Derek Holland continued his strong start to the season by dominating the Red Sox for eight innings. Holland allowed six singles and had nine strikeouts and just one walk. The left-hander has pitched at least seven innings in five of his six starts this season.
Kinsler stays hot: Ian Kinsler extended his hitting streak to eight games by getting three more hits. It was Kinsler's sixth multihit effort in eight games. Kinsler had an RBI double in the fifth inning to give the Rangers a 7-0 lead.
Moreland frustrates Sox: Mitch Moreland had three more hits to up his season average to .271, the highest it has been this season. Moreland beat the shift on the Red Sox in the fourth inning, hitting a ground ball to where Boston third baseman Will Middlebrooks would normally have played.
Web Gem: Shortstop Elvis Andrus made yet another great defensive play, going behind second base to start a double play. He flipped the ball out of his glove to Kinsler at second base, who made an easy turn to end the inning.
Up next: The Rangers try to continue their dominance of Boston in the second game of a three-game series. Right-hander Alexi Ogando (2-2, 3.38 ERA) will face right-hander John Lackey (1-1, 2.61 ERA) at 7:05 p.m. Saturday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.
103.3 FM ESPN PODCASTS
Play Podcast Rangers GM Jon Daniels joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to tackle the tough questions after his team failed to advance to the playoffs.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss having Nelson Cruz back in the lineup and how the Rangers are feeling heading into their wild-card play-in game against the Rays.
Play Podcast ESPN Insider and senior MLB analyst Jim Bowden joins Fitzsimmons and Durrett to discuss the wild-card race and the Rangers' chances of making the playoffs.
Play Podcast Chuck Cooperstein joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss why he feels Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish isn't an ace.
Play Podcast Elvis Andrus joins Galloway and Company to discuss the Rangers' stretch run and the morale level in their clubhouse.
Play Podcast Nolan Ryan joins Galloway and Company to discuss the latest Rangers news, including the team's struggles, Ron Washington's job security and a rumored trade with the Braves.
Play Podcast Ron Washington joins Ian Fitzsimmons and Tim MacMahon to discuss the Rangers' dismal September, who's to blame for their September struggles and his status as the team's manager.
Play Podcast Fitzsimmons and Durrett discuss how some people are calling for the Rangers to fire manager Ron Washington.