BOSTON — Mike Napoli hit two of Texas’ six home runs and the Rangers romped past the Boston Red Sox 18-3 Tuesday night for their fifth straight victory.
Josh Hamilton homered and matched his career high with five RBIs. Adrian Beltre, Michael Young and Nelson Cruz also connected for the Rangers.
Texas finished with a season-high 21 hits, tagging Jon Lester for eight of them before the Boston ace was pulled in the third inning. The Rangers provided more than enough run support for Colby Lewis (2-0), who settled down after a shaky start and finished pitched seven solid innings.
It was the most home runs for the Rangers in a game since they hit six against Detroit in August 2008.
Boston star Kevin Youkilis struck out in all four of his at-bats. He did not play Monday because of a minor groin injury on a tense day at Fenway Park — Boston manager Bobby Valentine had apologized for remarks that criticized Youkilis.
The Rangers scored four times in the second and added three more in the third for a 7-2 lead.
They broke it open with an eight-run eighth that included a three-run homer by Hamilton and shots by Beltre and Cruz. The big inning came to an end when Beltre flied out and Boston fans gave the Red Sox a series of mock cheers.
The Rangers had long-since ruined any thoughts fans may have had about celebrating Fenway’s 100th anniversary a few days early.
Texas chased Lester (0-2) in the third after his control struggles left the bases loaded and nobody out. Lester threw 49 pitches in the second and allowed seven runs on eight hits and walked four. His ERA more than doubled, going from 2.40 to 5.82 by the time the Rangers were done with him.
The night had a promising start for Boston when the first three Red Sox got hits off Lewis. Mike Aviles led off with a single, then Dustin Pedroia homered.
It was a short-lived lead.
Cruz doubled with one out in the second and Napoli homered over the Green Monster. The Rangers added two more before Young, who led off the inning by striking out, ended it with a grounder to first. Young was the only Texas player not to reach base in the inning.
Lewis was starting in place of rookie Yu Darvish, who was pushed back a spot in the rotation in so he could have four days of rest between starts. He allowed just the two runs on Pedroia’s homer, struck out seven and didn’t walk anybody.
Adrian Gonzalez added a solo homer for Boston in the eighth.
NOTES: Texas 1B Mitch Moreland returned to the club after having surgery on an infected abscessed tooth, causing him to miss two games. … Darvish (1-0) is scheduled to start Wednesday against Boston RHP Josh Beckett (1-1). … Boston OF Carl Crawford had four at-bats Tuesday in an extended spring training game in Florida for his first playing time since having surgery on his left wrist. Valentine said Crawford walked once, made contact the other three times and felt good afterward. … Valentine said there is no timetable for the return of CF Jacoby Ellsbury, who is out with a partially separated right shoulder. … Valentine let it slip that the Red Sox will be wearing throwback uniforms on Friday night when they host the Yankees on the 100th anniversary of the first game major league game played at Fenway Park. The Red Sox have not announced anything about the uniforms.
YANKEES 8, TWINS 3
NEW YORK — CC Sabathia shook off early trouble to get a rare April win for the Yankees and backup catcher Chris Stewart hit a go-ahead, two-run single and had three RBIs for the first time in his career to lead New York over the Twins.
Sabathia (1-0) allowed three runs and four hits in 7 1-3 innings with seven strikeouts and one walk. After falling behind 3-1 in the third, he didn’t allow a hit and retired 13 in a row during one stretch.
In going 19-8 last year, Sabathia didn’t get his first win until his fifth start. He is just 7-4 in March and April since joining the Yankees in 2009 and 18-14 through April in his career.
Francisco Liriano (0-2) had his third straight poor outing, allowing five runs, seven hits and four walks in 2 1-3 innings.
BLUE JAYS 7, RAYS 3
TORONTO — Jose Bautista, Adam Lind and Brett Lawrie homered and the Blue Jays took advantage of a three-error game by normally sure-handed Evan Longoria to beat the Rays.
It was a career worst performance for Longoria, the AL’s Gold Glove third baseman in 2009 and 2010. He became the seventh player in Rays history to make three errors in a game.
Matt Joyce homered for the Rays, who have lost six of eight.
Ricky Romero (2-0) allowed three runs and eight hits in six-plus innings to win.
Jeff Niemann (0-2) allowed five runs — two earned — on just three hits in five-plus innings.
ORIOLES 3, WHITE SOX 2
CHICAGO — Nolan Reimold homered for the fourth consecutive game and made a terrific diving catch in left field, helping the Orioles beat the White Sox.
Baltimore had just one hit before Robert Andino singled with one out in the sixth. Reimold then hit a drive to left-center off John Danks, giving the Orioles a 2-0 lead. J.J. Hardy followed with a drive to virtually the same spot for his third homer.
Reimold also had a big home run Monday night, helping Baltimore rally for a 10-4 victory over the White Sox in 10 innings. He is batting .394 (13 for 33) in the past eight games.
Wei-Yin Chen earned his first major league win in his second career game, allowing two runs and six hits in 5 1-3 innings.
TIGERS 3, ROYALS 1
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Miguel Cabrera snapped out of his slump with a pair of hits, driving in the go-ahead run and helping the Tigers to a win over the Royals.
Cabrera was 0 for 22 before his single in the third inning, but it was his RBI single off reliever Greg Holland in the eighth that proved most important. It came on the heels of singles by Andy Dirks and Brennan Boesch, and snapped a 1-all tie.
Prince Fielder added an RBI single to make things a bit more comfortable for Octavio Dotel (1-0), who had worked around Brayan Pena’s double during a scoreless seventh inning.
Joaquin Benoit pitched around a two-out triple by Jeff Francoeur in the eighth, and Jose Valverde took care of the ninth for his second save in three tries.
Bruce Chen (0-1) took the loss.