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BOSTON -- Derek Holland keeps getting plenty of run support and tries to pitch as though he doesn't.
Ian Kinsler, David Murphy and Elvis Andrus homered to back Holland's two-hit performance over seven innings and the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 10-0 on Friday night. The Rangers have provided the left-hander with a major league-best 7.52 runs per game.
"That's something to be thankful for," Holland said, "but at the same time they may be giving me that, I've got to do my part and that's to make pitches and keep the momentum on our side. It's amazing, but, at the same time, I've got to stay focused."
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Holland (13-5) did when he held Boston to singles by Jacoby Ellsbury and Adrian Gonzalez. Neither made it to second base as Ellsbury was caught stealing and Gonzalez was stranded when Kevin Youkilis struck out.
Holland won for the seventh time in eight decisions, striking out six and walking none. Merkin Valdez and Michael Gonzalez finished up with one hitless inning each. That was an outstanding job against a lineup with strong lefty hitters such as Ellsbury, Gonzalez and David Ortiz.
"Against that team, whether you're throwing righty or lefty, you have to execute pitches," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "You certainly can't get into a slugging match with them. You have to pitch, and tonight we pitched."
They also hit, starting with two runs in the first and four in the second. For the 14th time in Holland's last 19 starts, the Rangers scored in the opening inning.
"We would like to" start strong, leadoff hitter Kinsler said. "It doesn't always turn out that way. The game's not that easy, but we love to get our pitchers the lead early, especially on the road (to) take the crowd out of it and give our pitchers something to work with. And tonight we were able to do that."
The Rangers' first homer came on a three-run shot by Kinsler in the second, his 24th of the year and his third in four at bats. In the fifth, Murphy hit a solo homer, his eighth, and Andrus added a two-run blast, his fourth, after a single by Craig Gentry.
Murphy went 4 for 5 and Andrus scored four runs as the Rangers posted their 12th road shutout, the most in the majors since Atlanta had 12 in 1998. The shutout was their 17th of the season, tying a club record.
Texas improved its AL West lead to four games over the Angels, who played the Twins later Thursday. Boston fell a half-game out of first place in the AL East behind the Yankees, who beat the Blue Jays 3-2.
"It was kind of a bad night all around," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "They did a lot offensively. We did very little. We just didn't play a very good game."
The Rangers capitalized on the wildness of Andrew Miller (6-2). He left after retiring just four batters -- one on a sacrifice fly and one on a sac bunt. Michael Bowden allowed an RBI single by Adrian Beltre that made it 7-0 in the fourth.
"I put us back on our heels and never really made a correction," Miller said.
His usual control problems had subsided in his previous three starts with a total of five walks. But on Friday he walked the first two batters, Kinsler and Andrus, before striking out Josh Hamilton. Michael Young then singled in a run and Beltre followed with a sacrifice fly.
Yorvit Torrealba led off the second with a single and took second base on a single by Murphy. Gentry then sacrificed both and Kinsler homered. Miller's wildness returned as he loaded the bases on a walk to Andrus, a single by Hamilton and a walk to Young.
Bowden came in and retired Beltre on a fly ball before forcing in a run on a walk to Mike Napoli that made it 6-0.
"Everything went our way tonight," Washington said.
|Elvis Andrus helps the Rangers dominate in the fifth inning with a two-run home run. (Getty Images)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||2||1||3||1||2||2||.243|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||2||4||2||2||2||0||0||.274|
|a- Andres Blanco, PH-SS||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.203|
|Josh Hamilton, LF||4||0||1||0||0||1||3||.296|
|b- Leonys Martin, PH-CF||1||0||1||0||0||0||0||1.000|
|Michael Young, 1B||3||0||1||1||1||2||1||.335|
|c- Mitch Moreland, PH-1B||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.266|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||4||0||1||2||0||0||4||.275|
|Esteban German, 3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.000|
|Mike Napoli, C||3||0||0||1||1||1||2||.291|
|Matt Treanor, C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.225|
|Yorvit Torrealba, DH||5||1||1||0||0||0||3||.276|
|David Murphy, RF||5||2||4||1||0||1||0||.263|
|Craig Gentry, CF-LF||4||1||1||0||0||2||2||.240|
|a-grounded out for Andrus in the 8th|
|b-singled for Hamilton in the 8th|
|c-flied out for Young in the 8th|
|HR - Ian Kinsler (24, Miller), Elvis Andrus (4, Albers), David Murphy (8, Albers)|
|SF - Adrian Beltre (7)|
|SH - Craig Gentry (3)|
|RBI - Ian Kinsler 3 (65), Elvis Andrus 2 (51), Michael Young (89), Adrian Beltre 2 (78), Mike Napoli (57), David Murphy (33)|
|2-OUT RBI - Elvis Andrus 2 (17), Adrian Beltre (34), Mike Napoli (23)|
|SB - Elvis Andrus (34, 2nd base off Bowden/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Derek Holland (W,13-5)||7||2||0||0||0||6||0||4.13|
|Pitches-Strikes - Derek Holland 98-61, Merkin Valdez 10-6, Mike Gonzalez 9-7|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Derek Holland 8-6, Mike Gonzalez 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Derek Holland 22, Merkin Valdez 3, Mike Gonzalez 3|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||4||0||1||0||0||0||0||.313|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||.308|
|Mike Aviles, 2B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.243|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.342|
|Josh Reddick, LF||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||.275|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||3||0||0||0||0||2||1||.264|
|David Ortiz, DH||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.311|
|Jed Lowrie, SS||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.265|
|Conor Jackson, LF-1B||3||0||0||0||0||1||0||.247|
|Jason Varitek, C||3||0||0||0||0||2||0||.236|
|Darnell McDonald, RF||3||0||0||0||0||0||0||.190|
|CS - Jacoby Ellsbury (12, 2nd base by Holland/Napoli)|
|Team LOB - 1|
|PB - Jason Varitek (6)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Andrew Miller (L,6-2)||1.1||5||6||6||4||1||1||5.27|
|Pitches-Strikes - Andrew Miller 52-26, Michael Bowden 49-31, Matt Albers 22-14, Tim Wakefield 57-39|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Andrew Miller 2-1, Michael Bowden 1-2, Matt Albers 2-0, Tim Wakefield 3-6|
|Batters Faced - Andrew Miller 13, Michael Bowden 11, Matt Albers 6, Tim Wakefield 15|
|Attendance - 38083|
|Game Time - 2:48|
|Temperature - 66|
|Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Bruce Dreckman, Third Base - Paul Emmel|