Texas Rangers defeat Boston Red Sox, 7-2

The bright yellow 2 had been posted to the scoreboard with just one out in the game.

Five batters into the top of the first, the first inning back from the All-Star break for the Red Sox, and already the Rangers had done damage. So, as that number went up in left field, pitching coach John Farrell made the all-too-early walk to the mound.

He stood there, conversing with starter Tim Wakefield, with Nelson Cruz waiting on deck. The talk wasn’t as effective as the Sox migh...

BOSTON—The Texas Rangers couldn't wait for the All-Star break.

And then they couldn't wait for it to end.

Josh Hamilton took over the major league batting lead with three doubles, helping the Rangers get off to a quick start in the second half with a six-run first inning on their way to a 7-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

"Before the break, I felt like we needed a break. Some of the guys were tired," Hamilton said. "Everybody got some rest and...