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Red Sox score season best in 17-5 win over Rangers

  • Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. follows through as Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski watches his two-run homer during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. follows through as Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski watches his two-run homer during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. follows through as Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski watches his two-run homer during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

    Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. follows through as Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski watches his two-run homer during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

  • Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. follows through as Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski watches his two-run homer during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
  • Boston Red Sox's Jackie Bradley Jr. follows through as Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski watches his two-run homer during the second inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

BOSTON – Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his first career home run and finished with three RBI, and the Boston Red Sox set season highs for hits and runs in a 17-5 rout of the Texas Rangers last night.

Stephen Drew, Mike Carp and Jarrod Saltalamacchia also homered for the Red Sox, who scored at least one run in every inning through the first seven and hit for the cycle as a team in the second. The Red Sox finished with 19 hits, eight of them doubles.

It was an abundance of run support for Ryan Dempster (3-6), who ended a streak of five winless starts with his first victory in a month.

David Ortiz had three RBI, driving in one run with a double in the first and then a pair while legging out a rare triple during Boston’s six-run second. Carp also drove in three runs as the Red Sox ended a five-game losing streak against the Rangers.

Five of Boston’s six hits in the second were for extra bases and the Red Sox chased Justin Grimm (5-4) after 60 pitches. The Texas rookie allowed eight runs, all earned, in 1 2∕3 innings in a forgettable Fenway Park debut.

Jeff Baker hit a two-run homer for Texas in the fourth and Nelson Cruz hit a solo shot out to straightaway center in the fifth – Dempster’s only mistakes against his former team. He allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out six with one walk.

The Red Sox had just set a season high with 18 hits Saturday in an 11-1 win at New York and topped that when Daniel Nava doubled in the eighth last night.

Boston’s bats were alive early again. Jose Iglesias led off the second with a double and scored on Bradley’s homer to right. Although he cleared the Texas bullpen by several rows, Bradley ran the bases the entire way and nearly caught Iglesias at home. Ortiz tripled to center with two men on, and by the time Iglesias struck out in his second at-bat of the inning, Boston led 8-0.

Notes

∎ Dempster had not won since improving to 2-2 on May 2 in a 3-1 win over Toronto.

∎ Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury missed his fourth straight game with tightness in his groin. Ellsbury did some running and took batting practice prior to the game, and Boston Manager John Farrell said he could return to the lineup tonight.

∎ Farrell also said CF Shane Victorino, on the DL with a strained left hamstring, could begin a rehab assignment before the end of the week.

∎ Texas planned to activate RHP Alexi Ogando (biceps tendinitis) from the DL for his start tonight.

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