C.J. Wilson threw 6 2-3 scoreless innings for his 13th victory and Mike Napoli hit a three-run homer as the AL West-leading Texas Rangers returned home with a 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Monday night.
Wilson (13-5) struck out four while limiting the Red Sox to four singles.
Napoli’s 21st homer, in the sixth off Erik Bedard (4-9), extended the Rangers’ 1-0 lead and his hitting streak to a season-best 11.
Bedard is 0-2 in his four starts for the Red Sox since being acquired July 31 in a trade from Seattle. The left-hander struck out four and allowed seven hits over six innings.
The Rangers were coming off a 7-3 roadtrip that ended with a 10-0 loss at the Chicago White Sox. They had a season-high scoreless streak of 17 consecutive innings before Elvis Andrus’ RBI single in the third after a potential inning-ending double play instead became a blown call and hit for Ian Kinsler.
The four-game series is a potential playoff preview. Texas (74-55) extended its division lead over the idle Los Angeles Angels to 41/2 games while the Red Sox (77-50), who have the second-best record in the AL, dropped a full game behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.
Boston hasn’t won a game against the Rangers this season. The Red Sox were swept in a three-game series at Texas to open the season as part of their 0-6 start.
Wilson is 3-0 with a 1.37 ERA in his four August starts. The left-hander had finished July by allowing 14 hits and 13 runs (10 earned) in 7 2/3 innings over two starts.
The Red Sox had runners at first and third, the only time they had a runner 90 feet from home plate, when Wilson came out of the game. Koji Uehara immediately got Jarrod Saltalamacchia on a groundout.
Mike Adams and Neftali Feliz each pitched a scoreless inning without allowing a hit to wrap up the Rangers’ 15th shutout. Boston was held scoreless for the ninth time.