May 4, 2013

Sox nemesis does the job as Texas wins

Derek Holland beats Boston for the fifth straight time, and Felix Doubront has a tough start.

The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas - Adrian Beltre had a three-run double among his four hits Friday night, Derek Holland pitched eight scoreless innings for his fifth consecutive victory against Boston and the Texas Rangers beat the Red Sox, 7-0.

SATURDAY'S GAME

WHO: Red Sox (Lackey 1-1) at Texas Rangers (Ogando 2-2)

WHEN: 8:05 p.m.

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While Holland (2-2) had a season-high nine strikeouts and stymied Boston (six singles), the Rangers had a season-high 18 hits. Red Sox starter Felix Doubront (3-1) allowed a career-worst 12 hits in only 32/3 innings.

Nine of Texas' hits off Doubront came with two outs, including Beltre's bases-clearing double to left-center in the fourth that made it 5-0 and chased Doubront.

Beltre broke out of an extended slump, hitting only .129 (4 for 31) in his previous eight games and 2 for 20 the last five. While his home run the previous night produced the only run in the Rangers' 3-1 loss to the Chicago White Sox, Beltre grounded into an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded in the sixth, and struck out with two runners on two innings later.

Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland both had three hits for the AL West-leading Rangers, who were coming off their first series loss of the season and had lost four of their past five games. The entire team had only three hits against the White Sox on Thursday.

Holland is 5-1 with a 2.41 ERA in his six career starts against the Red Sox. The lone loss came as a rookie at Fenway Park in June 2009, his third career start.

After Holland threw 112 pitches, Derek Lowe worked a perfect ninth to wrap up the Rangers' fifth shutout this season.

Boston (20-9) still has the best record in the majors, but was shut out for the third time this season.

Mike Napoli, with a majors-best 22 extra-base hits and 31 RBI in his first month with the Red Sox, was 0 for 4 in his first game back at Rangers Ballpark.

Napoli, who hit 54 home runs the last two seasons for the Rangers and made his only World Series appearance with them two years ago, was greeted with the old chants of "Nap-o-li!, Nap-oli!" when he batted for the first time. But the fans were cheering when the Red Sox first baseman then struck out.

 

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