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Rangers recap: Chi Chi in command (mostly) in Texas debut

Rangers rookie pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez made his major league debut Saturday at Globe Life Park. He held the Red Sox hitless through five innings and earned his first-career win as Texas beat Boston 8-0.
Rangers rookie pitcher Chi Chi Gonzalez made his major league debut Saturday at Globe Life Park. He held the Red Sox hitless through five innings and earned his first-career win as Texas beat Boston 8-0. AP

Right-hander Chi Chi Gonzalez no-hit the Red Sox for five innings in his major league debut and earned his first-career win as the Rangers offense pounded out 12 hits to beat Boston 8-0 Saturday night at Globe Life Park. The teams conclude the four-game series at 2:05 p.m. Sunday.

Pitching: Gonzalez left with two outs in the sixth with a 6-0 lead. He struggled with his command, at times, but used his defense, including himself, to work out jams, including reaching high to snag a high chopper from the mound to get David Ortiz caught in a rundown between third and home in the sixth. Gonzalez left after a Mike Napoli double to the right field corner. Tanner Scheppers replaced him and struck out Brock Holt to end the inning and strand runners at second and third. Gonzalez walked five, including two in the second. He did what he does well, forcing 12 ground ball outs. He had two strikeouts in his 5 2/3 innings. Scheppers, Sam Freeman and Alex Claudio combined to pitch 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief.

Hitting: Delino DeShields had three hits in his first three at-bats and Adam Rosales each had three hits to lead the offense. DeShields led off the first with a single and scored on Elvis Andrus’ double past third base. Texas scored four in the fourth after Josh Hamilton led off with one of his two walks, followed by singles by Rosales and Leonys Martin before Robinson Chirinos double over right fielder Rusney Castillo’s poor route. Two runs scored to make it 3-0. Martin scored on Hanser Alberto’s grounder to short when he slid under the tag on shortstop Brock Holt’s throw home. Chirinos scored on DeShields’ bunt single down the first-base line in which pitcher Wade Miley fielded falling down, causing a wild throw home. In the fifth, Adrian Beltre reached on Holt’s error in the sixth and later scored on a bases-loaded single to shallow right by Martin. Martin didn’t get credit for a hit because Hamilton, who was at second on the play, was thrown out trying to advance to third.

Notable: Gonzalez is the first Rangers pitcher to throw at least five no-hit innings in his major league debut since Roger Pavlick in 1992 ... Rosales’ four hits tied a career-high. He last had four hits in a game was April 27, 2010 against Tampa Bay with Oakland.

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