Ian Kinsler hit his team-leading 23rd homer in the third inning. (Tony Gutierrez/AP)
By Daniel Paulling / MLB.com
The Rangers had the distinct honor of becoming the first team to sweep the Red Sox this season behind a strong spot start by Dustin Nippert and an offense that scratched out two runs in the fourth, giving Texas its fourth straight win.
BATTING HR: Green, N (5, 3rd inning off Nippert, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Ortiz, D 2; Pedroia 2; Green, N 4; Varitek. RBI: Green, N (31). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Varitek; Bay; Kotsay. Team RISP: 0-for-5. Team LOB:
BATTING 2B: Byrd (29, Okajima). HR: Kinsler (23, 3rd inning off Buchholz, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Kinsler 4; Andrus 2; Cruz, N 2; Young, M; Byrd 3; Murphy, Dv 2. RBI: Kinsler (59), Teagarden (13), Andrus (17). Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Byrd; Andrus 2; Blalock; Hamilton; Murphy, Dv 2; Young, M. Team
RISP: 2-for-14. Team LOB: 10.
BASERUNNING SB: Kinsler (21, 2nd base off Buchholz/Varitek), Cruz, N 2 (15, 3rd base off Buchholz/Varitek, 2nd base off Delcarmen/Varitek),
Murphy, Dv (6, 2nd base off Buchholz/Varitek), Byrd (4, 2nd base off Delcarmen/Varitek), Andrus (19, 2nd base off Bard/Varitek).