Red Sox lose in Victorino’s return
ARLINGTON, Texas – Adrian Beltre had a three-run double among his four hits and Derek Holland pitched eight scoreless innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 7-0 on Friday.
Boston’s Shane Victorino returned after missing seven games and went 1-for-4 with a single. The St. Anthony High School graduate had been out with a stiff back.
Holland (2-2) had a season-high nine strikeouts en route to his fifth consecutive victory over the Red Sox. Holland is 5-1 with a 2.41 ERA in his six career starts against Boston. The lone loss came as a rookie at Fenway Park in June 2009, in his third career start.
The Rangers had a season-high 18 hits.
Felix Doubront (3-1) allowed six runs on a career-worst 12 hits in 3 2/3 innings.
Nine of Texas’ hits off Doubront came with two outs, including Beltre’s three-run double in the fourth inning that made the score 5-0 and chased the left-hander.
Beltre was hitting only .129 (4-for-31) over his previous eight games.
Ian Kinsler and Mitch Moreland both had three hits for the Rangers, who were coming off their first series loss of the season and had lost four of their past five games.
Boston’s David Ortiz beat out an infield single leading off the second, extending his season-opening hitting streak to 11 games since coming off the disabled list. Ortiz has an overall hitting streak of 23 games dating to last season, the longest active streak in the major leagues.