American League Game Summary - Texas at Boston|
(Wednesday, April 18th)
Final Score: Texas 6, Boston 3
Boston, MA (Sports Network) - Mike Napoli continued his recent power surge,
finishing 3-for-4 with a homer and four runs batted in, as Texas took a 6-3
decision to sweep Boston in a two-game set.
Josh Hamilton was also 3-for-4 and had an RBI and a run scored, while Derek
Holland (2-0) went seven strong innings, allowing two runs on four hits and
three walks with seven strikeouts for the Rangers, who have won six straight
to open the season 10-2.
"We're playing good baseball and we're doing it in different ways," Texas
manager Ron Washington said.
Josh Beckett (1-2) suffered the loss despite retiring the final 12 batters he
faced. He gave up three runs on seven hits and one walk with seven strikeouts
over seven frames. Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run blast in the losing effort,
Boston's third in a row.
Napoli gave Texas the lead in the fourth inning with his third homer in two
games, a resounding blast into the seats in left with David Murphy aboard to
make it 3-2.
"I made one big mistake, the pitch to Napoli and ultimately it was bad for me
and bad for the team," Beckett said.
Napoli increased the Rangers' advantage in the eighth. Franklin Morales
spelled Beckett and gave up a single and two walks -- one intentional --
before bringing Hamilton home by hitting Craig Gentry on the foot with a
pitch. Napoli then laced a two-run double off the wall for a 6-2 edge.
The Red Sox threatened in the bottom of the ninth. Joe Nathan walked Cody Ross
and Youkilis reached second two batters later on Adrian Beltre's throwing
error. Pinch-hitter Ryan Sweeney knocked in Ross with a single before a
sensational play by Brandon Synder.
With Jarrod Saltalamacchia pinch-hitting, Snyder jumped to snare a liner down
the first base line. Sweeney was running on the apparent extra-base hit, so
Synder jogged to first for the game-ending unassisted double play.
Boston opened the scoring in the second. After David Ortiz doubled, Youkilis
lifted Holland's 2-2 sinker over the Green Monster.
Hamilton trimmed Texas' deficit to 2-1 on an infield single in the third,
plating Ian Kinsler. The Red Sox escaped further damage after Elvis Andrus was
caught trying to stretch a base hit off the left-field wall into a double, and
Beckett got out of the 32-pitch inning with a strikeout of Nelson Cruz.
It was the fourth home run of the season for Napoli...Hamilton has 12
RBI...Boston continues a nine-game homestand by welcoming the Yankees on
Friday...Texas concludes a nine-game road trip with a four-game set at Detroit
04/19 03:25:08 ET