BOSTON -- The Rangers won the first game of this three-game set with Boston, 10-0. They are now 32-13 in series openers this season, the best winning percentage in first games in the majors. The win means the Rangers will at least stay 3 1/2 games up on the Angels, who play the Twins in Anaheim tonight. Here are some quick thoughts (more to come later):
* This is the 17th shutout of the season for the Rangers, tying the club record set in 1977. It's also the 12th road shutout, the most in the majors since Atlanta had 12 in 1998.
* Derek Holland was tremendous. He was staked to a big lead early and didn't let up, staying aggressive, hitting his spots and getting plenty of swings and misses.
* Holland allowed just two hits in seven innings. The Red Sox never got a runner into scoring position off him (or in the game) and he had six strikeouts. Maybe most important, he had no walks. That's just the third time all season he hasn't had a walk. He's had quality starts in all three of those outings. He has allowed just one run in his last 13 2/3 innings, with wins over the Angels and Red Sox. Not bad.
* The offensive outburst -- 10 runs on 13 hits -- allowed the Rangers to avoid using any bullpen regulars, and it got some bench players into the game.
* Ian Kinsler was jumping around at second base with no outs in the first and confused Andrew Miller, who stepped off the rubber incorrectly for a balk. That put runners at second and third with no outs. Kinsler ended up scoring on Michael Young's infield hit. But concern about what Kinsler can do on the bases helped make that run happen.
* Kinsler continued his power surge with his 24th homer of the season, a three-run shot in the second inning. All but five of his homers this season have been solo shots. The homer went over the seats on top of the Green Monster and likely onto the street below. It was a shot.
* Andrew Miller just never got it going. He walked the first two batters he faced to get the inning going for Texas. The Rangers were able to bring both of them home to take an early 2-0 lead. Kinsler's homer made it 5-0, and then two more walks and a single ended Miller's night.
* Adrian Beltre had a sacrifice fly in the first, as he returned to Fenway Park, where he hit .314 last season with 50 RBIs. Friday's sacrifice netted Beltre his 77th RBI of the season. He added another later to get to 78. Despite being out more than a month, Beltre is third on the team in RBIs.
* Leonys Martin made his major league debut in the top of the eighth, delivering a base hit in his first at-bat. He also had a nice catch in his first chance in the OF, ranging to deep center against the warning track to track it down.
* Holland picked off Jacoby Ellsbury in the first. Ellsbury tried to get to second and Michael Young made a nice throw to second to get Ellsbury on Holland's fourth pickoff of the season.
* David Murphy extended his hitting streak to eight games on a single past first baseman Adrian Gonzalez in the second. He also had four hits on the night and an RBI. He had a solo homer, three singles and two runs scored. He is 15-for-32 with three homers and 10 RBIs in his last eight games. He's been a big replacement since Nelson Cruz went out of the lineup.
* Elvis Andrus hit his fourth homer of the season in the fifth. He hit it on top of the Monster. It was his first homer since June 5 at Cleveland.
* The Rangers had another solid defensive effort. They didn't have to do anything spectacular, but Kinsler made a nice backhand play at second and Beltre had a few of his typical quality stabs at third.
* Mike Gonzalez got in his first Rangers game and we got to see the deceptive delivery. He gets all the way on one side of the rubber and falls off a lot to third base. He retired all three batters he faced, including left-handed Ellsbury. That's the kind of batter he could face in a key spot late in the playoffs.
* The Red Sox had their 700th consecutive sellout.