Walks come around for patient Rangers

Walks come around for patient Rangers

BOSTON -- Rangers hitters had eight walks during their 18-3 victory over the Red Sox on Tuesday. They had just seven walks in their previous six games before that.

"A lot of it why we're not drawing walks was our timing is off," hitting coach Scott Coolbaugh said. "We're getting swings and misses, or fouling pitches off and getting into deep counts. Last night, our timing showed up, we were seeing the ball well and we started laying off some of those pitches, especially some of those [Jon] Lester was throwing down and away."

The Rangers went into Wednesday's game with 26 walks, the fourth fewest in the league. But after pounding the Red Sox, they also led the league in hitting (.290), runs scored (63), home runs (21) and slugging percentage (.522).

"I had the best seat in the house," Coolbaugh said. "I enjoy watching those guys perform. It's a testament to how talented they are and how much ability they have. One through nine, there are no holes in that lineup. It doesn't matter who we put in there."

Josh Hamilton has not drawn a walk in 46 at-bats. That's the second most at-bats in the Majors without a walk. Astros third baseman Chris Johnson has 47.