BOSTON -- The finale of a three-game series at Fenway Park will be remembered as the day Adrian Beltre collected the 2,000th hit of his career.
As far as the Texas Rangers' 2011 season is concerned, though, Sunday could be remembered as the day Matt Harrison rebounded in his breakthrough season and helped push the Rangers to the American League West title.
Harrison allowed two runs in seven innings, Beltre reached a significant milestone, and the Rangers scored seven times in the sixth inning as they bolted past Boston 11-4 to clinch the three-game series.
The Rangers' lead in the West is 3 1/2 games. Their 28 weekend runs were the most by an opponent in a three-game series at Boston since Toronto had 31 runs Sept. 28-30, 2009.
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"There is no more to this than we won 2 of 3," manager Ron Washington said. "We did a good job pitching in the games we won. We swung the bats well all weekend, but it's about pitching."
Harrison (11-9) won for the first time since Aug. 8. He was given a 10-day break after struggling over five innings Aug. 25 against Boston. The left-hander kept the Red Sox at bay for six scoreless innings even though they threatened often.
The first two Boston hitters in the second reached, but Conor Jackson hit into a double play and Carl Crawford struck out.
Harrison pitched around a Jacoby Ellsbury two-out double in the third and got Crawford to fly out to end the fourth after issuing a two-out walk to David Ortiz and a single to Darnell McDonald.
After a wild pitch moved Marco Scutaro to second with one out in the fifth, Ian Kinsler robbed Ellsbury of an RBI single with a diving catch on a broken-bat liner, and Dustin Pedroia popped out behind first base.
After the rally, Harrison zipped through the heart of the Red Sox's order in the sixth but finally buckled in the seventh as he allowed a two-run single to Scutaro.
"The rest definitely helped," Harrison said. "I was able to command my fastball in and out and throw my curveball anytime I wanted. Because of that, I was able to keep them off-balance."
Beltre got his milestone hit in the sixth, a line-drive single to right field. He took a similar approach to the one Michael Young took last month as he approached 2,000.
"Just another hit," said Beltre, who is the 266th big leaguer to collect 2,000 hits. "It definitely means I've been in the game for a while. If you asked me that I would get 2,000 hits when I was a young player, I would have never thought about it."
No. 2,000 put runners at the corners to start the sixth against John Lackey, and David Murphy singled to put the Rangers up 4-0. Lackey walked Mike Napoli and was replaced by left-hander Felix Doubront to face lefty-hitting Mitch Moreland.
He rifled an RBI single into right field for his first hit since Aug. 26, and the rout was on. Pinch hitter Esteban German walked with the bases loaded, Kinsler lifted a sacrifice fly and Elvis Andrus walked ahead of Josh Hamilton.
Hamilton stroked a line drive that rolled to the 420-foot sign in Fenway Park's quirky center field for a bases-clearing triple that gave the Rangers a 9-0 lead. Murphy and Kinsler had tripled in the second and third as the Rangers took a 2-0 lead.
"There's no secret game plan," Hamilton said. "Make them throw it over the plate. If they don't throw strikes, take the walk and let the other guy do it. Make the pitcher throw strikes and hit the ball."
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760