Hunter Improves To 6-0, Halts Rangers Skid

Tommy Hunter improved to 6-0 as the Rangers downed the Red Sox 7-2 to open the second half of play. Bengie Molina hit his first home run as a Texas Ranger off Tim Wakefield in the first inning.

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Official Recap: Texas 7, Boston 2

Boston, MA (Sports Network) – Bengie Molina’s two-run home run capped a six- run first inning as the Texas Rangers downed the Boston Red Sox, 7-2, to start the second half of the season.

Nelson Cruz went 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored while Vladimir Guerrero had three hits and scored twice for the Rangers, who had dropped their previous four prior to the All-Star break.

Josh Hamilton had three doubles, drove in a run and scored once, but left the game in the seventh inning with a sore right knee.

Tommy Hunter (6-0) won for the sixth time in his eight starts this season as he was charged with two runs on five hits with two walks and a strikeout over 6 2/3 innings.

J.D. Drew and Bill Hall each homered to account for the offense for the Red Sox, who have lost six of their last eight. Tim Wakefield (3-8) was tagged for seven runs — six earned — on eight hits in just two-plus innings of work.

The Rangers jumped on Wakefield in the first inning. With one out and two on, Guerrero singled home one run and Hamilton followed with an RBI double. Cruz then brought in two more with a single and Molina followed by crushing a 1-0 pitch over the Green Monster for a 6-0 lead.

Cruz smacked an RBI double in the third to extend Texas’ lead to 7-0.

Boston got on the board in the fourth when Drew smacked a homer over the wall in left.

Hall blasted a pitch over the left field wall in the seventh.

Darren Oliver, who got the final out of the seventh, set the Red Sox down in order in the eighth while Alexi Ogando worked a scoreless ninth to lock down the win.

Game Notes

Each team has won twice in the season-series, but Texas has captured eight of the last 11…Colby Lewis takes the mound for Texas on Friday and will be opposed by Felix Doubront for Boston…Wakefield is 10-16 over 35 meetings against Texas.

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Rangers To Open Second Half In Boston

The Texas Rangers will open the second half of their season Thursday night in Boston, as Tommy Hunter will face off against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield. Texas stumbled into the All-Star Break after a four-game sweep at the hands of the Orioles and a 3-8 overall record in their last 11. To their good fortune, the Los Angeles Angels entered the break on the same 3-8 skid, and the Rangers retain their 4.5 game lead (six game advantage in the loss column) in the division.

Texas opens the second half with a virtually clean bill of health. Their rotation is intact, and struggling starter Rich Harden will be rehabbing in Triple-A Oklahoma City. The preferred lineup will be available as well.

After the four game set in Boston and a midweek series in Detroit, Texas will return home for another showdown with the Angels. Texas and LA will play seven games over two weekends, and the American League West race could take a different shape.

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