BOSTON (AP) _ Mike Napoli hit two of Texas’ six home runs and
the Rangers romped past the Boston Red Sox 18-3 Tuesday night for
their fifth straight victory.

Josh Hamilton homered and matched his career high with five
RBIs. Adrian Beltre, Michael Young and Nelson Cruz also connected
for the Rangers.

Texas finished with a season-high 21 hits, tagging Jon Lester
for eight of them before the Boston ace was pulled in the third
inning. The Rangers provided more than enough run support for Colby
Lewis (2-0), who settled down after a shaky start and finished
pitched seven solid innings.

It was the most home runs for the Rangers in a game since they
hit six against Detroit in August 2008.

Boston star Kevin Youkilis struck out in all four of his
at-bats. He did not play Monday because of a minor groin injury on
a tense day at Fenway Park _ Boston manager Bobby Valentine had
apologized for remarks that criticized Youkilis.

The Rangers scored four times in the second and added three more
in the third for a 7-2 lead.

They broke it open with an eight-run eighth that included a
three-run homer by Hamilton and shots by Beltre and Cruz. The big
inning came to an end when Beltre flied out and Boston fans gave
the Red Sox a series of mock cheers.

The Rangers had long-since ruined any thoughts fans may have had
about celebrating Fenway’s 100th anniversary a few days early.
Texas chased Lester (0-2) in the third after his control
struggles left the bases loaded and nobody out. Lester threw 49
pitches in the second and allowed seven runs on eight hits and
walked four. His ERA more than doubled, going from 2.40 to 5.82 by
the time the Rangers were done with him.

The night had a promising start for Boston when the first three
Red Sox got hits off Lewis. Mike Aviles led off with a single, then
Dustin Pedroia homered.
It was a short-lived lead.

Cruz doubled with one out in the second and Napoli homered over
the Green Monster. The Rangers added two more before Young, who led
off the inning by striking out, ended it with a grounder to first.

Young was the only Texas player not to reach base in the inning.
Lewis was starting in place of rookie Yu Darvish, who was pushed
back a spot in the rotation in so he could have four days of rest
between starts. He allowed just the two runs on Pedroia’s homer,
struck out seven and didn’t walk anybody.
Adrian Gonzalez added a solo homer for Boston in the eighth.

NOTES: Texas 1B Mitch Moreland returned to the club after having
surgery on an infected abscessed tooth, causing him to miss two
games. … Darvish (1-0) is scheduled to start Wednesday against
Boston RHP Josh Beckett (1-1). … Boston OF Carl Crawford had four
at-bats Tuesday in an extended spring training game in Florida for
his first playing time since having surgery on his left wrist.
Valentine said Crawford walked once, made contact the other three
times and felt good afterward. … Valentine said there is no
timetable for the return of CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who is out with a
partially separated right shoulder. … Valentine let it slip that
the Red Sox will be wearing throwback uniforms on Friday night when
they host the Yankees on the 100th anniversary of the first game
major league game played at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have not
announced anything about the uniforms.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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