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Rangers Back Holland With 3 HRs To Romp Red Sox

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BOSTON (AP) – Derek Holland allowed two hits in seven innings and got his usual strong support as the Texas Rangers hit three homers and beat the Boston Red Sox 10-0 on Friday night.

The Rangers’ first homer came on a three-run shot by Ian Kinsler in the second. In the fifth, David Murphy hit a solo homer and Elvis Andrus added a two-run blast after a single by Craig Gentry.

The Rangers came in scoring 7.29 runs per game for Holland (13-5) — a major-league best for a pitcher — but he didn’t need much backing, holding Boston to a pair of singles by Jacoby Ellsbury and Adrian Gonzalez. Neither made it to second base as Ellsbury was caught stealing and Gonzalez was stranded when Kevin Youkilis struck out.

Texas posted its 12th road shutout, the most in the majors since Atlanta had 12 in 1998.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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