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Andrew Miller was coming off one of his best outings of the year versus the Texas Rangers a week ago, but Friday night he simply just did not have it. Miller was rocked for six earned runs in 1 1/3 innings of work, walking four and striking out only one.
Derek Holland silenced a very potent Red Sox lineup, pitching seven fabulous innings, allowing only two hits, zero runs, zero walks and striking out six.
The offensive heroes for the night include Ian Kinsler, who went 1-4 with two runs scored, two runs batted in and a mammoth home run to put the game out of reach in the second inning. Elvis Andrus went 2-2 with four runs scored, two runs batted in and a home run. Former Red Sox prospect David Murphy tallied four hits in five plate appearances, including a home run, a run batted in and two runs scored.
The Red Sox will look to Eric Bedard on Saturday afternoon while the Rangers will roll with Colby Lewis. Action kicks off at 4:10 at Fenway.