ARLINGTON – If the Texas Rangers could have written a script for exactly how they wanted a game to play out pitching-wise, Monday night’s 4-0 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington would be it.
Texas ace C.J. Wilson went 6 2/3, giving up no runs on four hits and Koji Uehara, Mike Adams and Neftali Feliz worked 2 1/3 innings of hitless relief.
Boston (77-50) starter Eric Bedard worked slow during his six innings of work, nearly lulling the Rangers’ lineup to sleep.
Texas (74-55) finally broke through in the third when Craig Gentry walked and first base umpire Doug Eddings did the Rangers a solid during Texas’ next at-bat, when he incorrectly called Ian Kinsler safe on a blooper to right Eddings said hit the ground before landing in Josh Reddick’s glove.
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The call moved Gentry to second and Elvis Andrus brought him home with a single to left, giving Texas a 1-0 lead.
Consecutive singles by Josh Hamilton and Michael Young off Bedard in the sixth opened the door for Mike Napoli, who hit safely in his 21st straight game when he blasted his 21st home run of the season to left-center to give Texas a comfortable 4-0 advantage.
Wilson found himself in some trouble in the seventh, putting runners on first and second with a single and a walk.
But Wilson forced a ground ball and turned the game over to Uehara, who ended the threat.
Adams threw one hitless inning, striking out two, and Feliz closed Boston out in the ninth.
-- Matthew Reagan