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ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 23: Scott Feldman #39 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Boston Red Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

ARLINGTON, TX – JULY 23: Scott Feldman #39 of the Texas Rangers throws against the Boston Red Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on July 23, 2012 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) _ Scott Feldman, starting after Roy Oswalt
was scratched with back tightness, threw seven strong innings to
lead the Texas Rangers to a 9-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on
Monday night.

Feldman (4-6) won his fourth straight decision and pitched his
longest outing since throwing eight innings on June 2, 2010. He
gave up one earned run and seven hits with five strikeouts.

Just before the game started, it was learned Texas starting
pitcher Colby Lewis will miss the rest of the season because of a
torn flexor tendon in his right elbow that will require surgery.
Martin Perez, who was called up on Monday after Lewis was placed on
the disabled list, will start Tuesday’s game against the Red Sox,
but he would have been available out of the bullpen if Feldman had
faltered early.

In three games against Boston this season, the Rangers have
outscored the Red Sox 33-7.

Ian Kinsler went 3-for-4 and Craig Gentry went 2-for-4 with an
RBI for Texas. Josh Hamilton and Mike Napoli both had two RBIs in
the Rangers’ first home game since July 8.

Boston’s only run came on a home run by Jarrod Saltalamacchia in
the second inning. Saltalamacchia’s 19th home run of the season
sailed 422 feet to right-center field with two outs.

The Red Sox, who have lost 12 of 18, left eight base runners on
base.

In the third, Texas scored three earned runs against Boston
starter Felix Doubront (10-5). Gentry singled and Kinsler walked,
then a double steal put the two at second and third. Elvis Andrus
run-scoring singled to stretch his hitting streak to 11 games.
Dustin Pedroia overthrew first base to let Kinsler score. Hamilton
drove in a run with a double and Michael Young’s one-out single
scored Hamilton to make it 4-1.

In the sixth, Napoli hit his third home run in as many games, a
two-run shot that traveled 416 feet to left field that made it 6-1.
That hit knocked out Doubront, who pitched five innings and gave up
six earned runs and eight hits.

Frankin Morales relieved Doubront and gave up three-straight
hits to Brandon Snyder (double), Gentry and Kinsler. Gentry’s
single drove in Snyder, and Gentry scored on an error by Boston
left fielder Carl Crawford after Kinsler’s single. Hamilton hit a
sacrifice fly for a 9-1 lead.

NOTES: Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine said the team could skip
struggling LHP Jon Lester’s start this weekend against the Yankees.
“Maybe that’s something he needs,” Valentine said. “He’s going
to throw here Wednesday. With the off day Thursday he could get a
little extra rest.” Lester (5-8, 5.46) has lost his last three
starts, giving up 21 earned runs in 12 1-3 innings. He allowed a
career-worst 11 earned runs in four innings of Sunday’s 15-7 loss
to Toronto. . Monday’s game was Valentine’s first time managing a
regular-season game in Arlington against his former club. From
1985-1992, Valentine managed more games (1,186) and has more wins
(581) than any manager in Rangers history. . Rangers 1B Mitch
Moreland began an injury-rehab assignment Monday night at Triple-A
Round Rock, and is expected to return to the Rangers for Sunday’s
game against Chicago. He has been on the DL since June 22 because
of a stranded left hamstring. Manager Ron Washington said the plan
is for Moreland to play Monday and Tuesday for Round Rock, then
return to Arlington on Wednesday to be with his wife, Susannah, who
is expecting their first child. Moreland would move his rehab
assignment to Double-A Frisco Friday and Saturday.

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

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