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Rangers Vs. Red Sox: Texas Destroys Boston 18-3

Before an out had been recorded, the Rangers were down 2-0.

From that point on, it was all Texas.

Late game replacement Alberto Gonzalez was the only Ranger to fail to reach base. Every starter -- as well as David Murphy who started on the bench -- contributed a base hit to the effort. There were 21 total hits from the Rangers, and they even threw in eight walks, one from Brandon Snyder, also starting on the bench.

Josh Hamilton, Mike Napoli, Nelson Cruz, and Craig Gentry each had three hits. Napoli had two home runs, and Hamilton, Cruz, and Adrian Beltre had one a piece in an incredible onslaught of offense.

On the other end, Colby Lewis recovered from his early home run allowed to shut the Red Sox down completely. After the first two hits, Lewis pitched seven innings with just two more hits, seven strikeouts, and not a single walk or additional earned run.

The win moves the Rangers to 9-2, putting them 4.5 games in front of the Angels pending LA's on-going game in Oakland. Texas's run differential sits at +36 following the game, 13 ahead of the next best comer in baseball (St. Louis).

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.