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Rangers snap eight-game losing streak at Fenway Park

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BOSTON -- Kevin Millwood and Ian Kinsler teamed to give the Texas Rangers a rare victory in Fenway Park.

Millwood held Boston scoreless for seven innings, Kinsler hit a three-run homer and the Rangers ended an eight-game losing streak in Fenway Park with a 5-1 victory over the Red Sox on Friday.

"It's a different year," Kinsler said. "It's just another win. We're just trying to keep winning."

The AL West-leading Rangers have been in sole possession of first place for the past 31 days, their most since 1999.

"Well it's nice to get a win, yes it is," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "We certainly weren't thinking about what happened last year. We're just out there trying to win a ballgame."

The Rangers, who dropped two of three games against the Yankees this week, lost all seven in Fenway last year and went 1-9 overall.

"I thought tonight was a big game for us," Millwood said. "To be able to go out and pitch well gives us a big boost. I've always liked pitching here. I know they're not cheering for me, but there's always a lot of energy in this ballpark."

The loss snapped Boston's four-game winning streak and dropped its home mark to 17-7, second in the majors behind the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Red Sox stranded 13 runners, nine on second or third.

Millwood (5-4), winless in four of his last five starts, shut out the Red Sox until David Ortiz's RBI single in the eighth. Eddie Guardado relieved and retired the next three hitters easily with two runners on before Darren O'Day got the final three outs despite walking a pair.

Millwood gave up an unearned run, seven hits, struck out five and walked four. He escaped a pair of second-and-third, two-out jams in the first six innings as the Rangers built a 5-0 lead.

"He threw the ball good and made pitches when he had to," Boston catcher Jason Varitek said.

Texas had a four-run fifth. Elvis Andrus had a two-out RBI single just under the glove of shortstop Julio Lugo in the hole after Marlon Byrd and Chris Davis singled. Kinsler then turned on Penny's inside fastball and lined it into the second row of the Monster seats for his 15th homer, making it 4-0.

The Rangers chased starter Brad Penny (5-2) with a run in the sixth. Davis had a two-out RBI double after Byrd's single slipped under Lugo's glove on a ball up the middle.

Penny held the Rangers to a bad-hop infield single until the four-run fourth.

"His first four innings were as good as we've seen," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He was throwing the ball really, really well. Then the next two I think he threw 50 pitches."

Penny allowed five runs, seven hits, walked two and struck out five in 5 2/3 innings. It was just the second time in his last seven starts he's given up more than three runs.

Boston, coming off its longest road trip of the season -- a 10-game stretch where it went 6-4 and swept AL Central-leading Detroit -- hardly threatened against Millwood in the first five innings. The Red Sox's best chance came in the third when Mike Lowell bounced out to end the third when Michael Young made a nice play to his right with runners on second and third.

Jacoby Ellsbury flied out with two runners on in the sixth.

Notes

  • Washington said he avoided going to closer Frank Francisco because "he said his shoulder was sore."
  • Ortiz, mired in a season-long slump, will have his eyes check Monday. But Francona downplayed it before the game, saying the exam was routine.
  • The Rangers were outscored 67-35 in their seven losses in Boston last year.
  • Boston RHP John Smoltz, recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, will make his fourth rehab start on Saturday after his scheduled start with Triple-A Pawtucket was rained out.
  • Red Sox 1B Kevin Youkilis was back in the lineup after leaving Thursday's win in Detroit early with tightness in his right calf.
 
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Ian Kinsler goes yard for the 15th time this season and drives in three runs.  (AP)
Ian Kinsler goes yard for the 15th time this season and drives in three runs. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

I. Kinsler
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
Texas

K. Millwood
IP 7.0
H 7
ER 0
BB 4
K 5
 

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4113010 .281
Michael Young, 3B4000000 .332
Hank Blalock, DH2100200 .259
Nelson Cruz, RF4000012 .289
David Murphy, LF4000021 .231
Marlon Byrd, CF4120010 .301
Chris Davis, 1B4131010 .210
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4010023 .248
Elvis Andrus, SS3111001 .278
Totals3358528  
Batting
2B - Chris Davis (7, Penny)
HR - Ian Kinsler (15, Penny)
RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (44), Chris Davis (27), Elvis Andrus (12)
2-OUT RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (13), Chris Davis (8), Elvis Andrus (6)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
E - Chris Davis (1, Missed catch of throw)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood (W,5-4) 7710450 2.96
Eddie Guardado (H,4) 1000010 3.77
Darren O'Day 1000210 1.06
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 117-70, Eddie Guardado 15-9, Darren O'Day 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 7-10, Eddie Guardado 1-1
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 33, Eddie Guardado 3, Darren O'Day 5
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3000210 .321
J.D. Drew, RF3020211 .261
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4000115 .352
Jason Bay, LF5110013 .281
Mike Lowell, 3B4010106 .301
David Ortiz, DH4011011 .188
Jason Varitek, C4010012 .248
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4010004 .311
Julio Lugo, SS3000011 .256
   a- Rocco Baldelli, PH1000002 .260
    Nick Green, SS0000000 .288
Totals3517167  
a-hit into fielder's choice for Lugo in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jason Bay (15, Millwood), Jason Varitek (12, Millwood), Jacoby Ellsbury (11, Millwood)
RBI - David Ortiz (21)
SB - J.D. Drew (1, 2nd base off O'Day/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 13
Fielding
DP - Lowell-Pedroia-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Brad Penny (L,5-2) 5.2755251 5.85
Daniel Bard 1.1000020 0.90
Manny Delcarmen 1000000 1.13
Takashi Saito 1100010 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Brad Penny 103-59, Daniel Bard 17-11, Manny Delcarmen 10-8, Takashi Saito 14-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brad Penny 6-5, Manny Delcarmen 2-1, Takashi Saito 1-1
Batters Faced - Brad Penny 25, Daniel Bard 3, Manny Delcarmen 3, Takashi Saito 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37519
Game Time - 3:01
Temperature - 56
Umpires - Home - Jeff Kellogg, First Base - Ron Kulpa, Second Base - Tim Timmons, Third Base - Rob Drake