teamed to give the
a rare victory in Fenway Park.
Millwood held Boston scoreless for seven innings, Kinsler hit a three-run homer and the Rangers ended an eight-game losing
streak in Fenway Park with a 5-1 victory over the
on Friday night.
''It's a different year,'' Kinsler said. ''It's just another win. We're just trying to keep winning.''
The AL West-leading Rangers have been in sole possession of first place for the past 31 days, their most since 1999.
''Well it's nice to get a win, yes it is,'' Rangers manager
said. ''We certainly weren't thinking about what happened last year. We're just out there trying to win a ballgame.''
The Rangers, who dropped two of three games against the Yankees this week, lost all seven in Fenway last year and went 1-9
''I thought tonight was a big game for us,'' Millwood said. ''To be able to go out and pitch well gives us a big boost. I've
always liked pitching here. I know they're not cheering for me, but there's always a lot of energy in this ballpark.''
The loss snapped Boston's four-game winning streak and dropped its home mark to 17-7, second in the majors behind the
Los Angeles Dodgers
stranded 13 runners, nine on second or third.
Millwood (5-4), winless in four of his last five starts, shut out the
's RBI single in the eighth.
relieved and retired the next three hitters easily with two runners on before Darren O'Day got the final three outs despite
walking a pair.
Millwood gave up an unearned run, seven hits, struck out five and walked four. He escaped a pair of second-and-third, two-out
jams in the first six innings as the Rangers built a 5-0 lead.
''He threw the ball good and made pitches when he had to,'' Boston catcher
Texas had a four-run fifth.
had a two-out RBI single just under the glove of shortstop
in the hole after
singled. Kinsler then turned on Penny's inside fastball and lined it into the second row of the Monster seats for his 15th
homer, making it 4-0.
The Rangers chased starter
(5-2) with a run in the sixth. Davis had a two-out RBI double after Byrd's single slipped under Lugo's glove on a ball up
Penny held the Rangers to a bad-hop infield single until the four-run fourth.
''His first four innings were as good as we've seen,'' Boston manager
said. ''He was throwing the ball really, really well. Then the next two I think he threw 50 pitches.''
Penny allowed five runs, seven hits, walked two and struck out five in 5 2-3 innings. It was just the second time in his last
seven starts he's given up more than three runs.
Boston, coming off its longest road trip of the season - a 10-game stretch where it went 6-4 and swept AL Central-leading
Detroit - hardly threatened against Millwood in the first five innings. The
's best chance came in the third when
bounced out to end the third when
made a nice play to his right with runners on second and third.
flied out with two runners on in the sixth.
Notes: Washington said he avoided going to closer
because ''he said his shoulder was sore.'' ... Ortiz, mired in a season-long slump, will have his eyes check Monday. But Francona
downplayed it before the game, saying the exam was routine. ... The Rangers were outscored 67-35 in their seven losses in
Boston last year. ... Boston RHP
, recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, will make his fourth rehab start on Saturday after his scheduled start with
Triple-A Pawtucket was rained out. ...
was back in the lineup after leaving Thursday's win in Detroit early with tightness in his right calf.