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Mazara's season-high 5 RBIs power rout

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have had trouble with left-handed starters this season, but they have also been known to treat Red Sox pitcher David Price harshly in their own ballpark.

The Rangers did that on Thursday night, getting to Price for nine runs (seven earned) in 3 2/3 innings on their way to an 11-5 victory over the Red Sox at Globe Life Park. The Red Sox have now lost seven of 12 after their 17-2 start to the season.

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ARLINGTON -- The Rangers have had trouble with left-handed starters this season, but they have also been known to treat Red Sox pitcher David Price harshly in their own ballpark.

The Rangers did that on Thursday night, getting to Price for nine runs (seven earned) in 3 2/3 innings on their way to an 11-5 victory over the Red Sox at Globe Life Park. The Red Sox have now lost seven of 12 after their 17-2 start to the season.

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The Rangers were 2-6 against left-handed starters this season before getting through against Price. Nomar Mazara had the big blast of the night, breaking the game open with a three-run home run off right-handed reliever Hector Velazquez to finish off a six-run fourth.

Video: BOS@TEX: Mazara discusses his 5-RBI game vs. Red Sox

"It's good to play against a team like that and it's fun to go out and beat them," said Mazara, who had a season-high five RBIs. "We have to win ballgames. Were starting to play much better, the lineup in general. We know we have to step it up and try to win games."

Mazara has now hit a home run in three straight games, but the pivotal hits came against Price by some guys who have had trouble against lefties in the past and are now starting to figure them out. Or need to figure them out.

Video: BOS@TEX: Profar opens the scoring with an RBI triple

Jurickson Profar had an RBI triple in the second and scored on a sacrifice fly by Renato Nunez. Mazara had an RBI double in the third and Ryan Rua had a run-scoring single in the fourth.

For Profar and Mazara, the hits were further evidence of how much they have improved against left-handed pitching. Profar hit .197 off left-handers the past two seasons but is now 8-for-18 off them so far this year. Mazara is hitting .324 (12-for-37) off left-handers this season, a big improvement over his .228 average vs. southpaws in 2017.

Video: BOS@TEX: Rua plates Profar with a liner to center

For Rua and Nunez, they need to show they can be a threat against left-handed pitching. If so, there is an opportunity for playing time in a right-handed platoon with Ronald Guzman.

"Very important for them, very important for us moving forward," manager Jeff Banister said. "We talk about Mazara and how he has logged in at-bats against left-handers. He's a quality hitter and quality hitters learn and get better. That's what he has done. With Profar, the consistent playing time has allowed him to exhale and relax and put together some quality at-bats."

The 11 runs marked the first time the Rangers have scored 10-plus runs in a game this season. They did so 19 times last season. The Rangers still have work to do to get their offense going, but they have won five of their last eight while hitting .267 with a .493 slugging percentage, 14 home runs and 47 runs scored.

Video: BOS@TEX: Chirinos plates Nunez with a double to left

"The lineup is starting to get consistent on a daily basis," outfielder Delino DeShields said. "Guys are getting comfortable, we just need to keep doing what we're doing. Even the game [on Wednesday], that got out of hand, even though there wasn't much of a chance to come back, we were still trying to put runs on the board. Guys are stepping up. It's fun to be in this lineup."

Price has four wins in nine career starts at Globe Life Park -- including one last year when he pitched six scoreless innings -- but he has allowed at least five runs in the other five starts. That leaves him with a career 7.42 ERA in Arlington over his career in the regular season. That's the sixth-highest ERA here by a pitcher with at least nine starts.

Video: BOS@TEX: Betts crushes a solo smash for his 12th HR

Rangers starter Mike Minor fought through six innings to get the win, allowing three runs on seven hits and four walks. Mookie Betts hit his 12th home run off Minor, but the Red Sox were 1-for-10 with runners in scoring position off him. Minor is now 3-1 with a 4.36 ERA after six starts and has held opponents to a .179 batting average with runners in scoring position.

Video: BOS@TEX: Mazara's plates 2 with a double to left

SOUND SMART
The Rangers were 5-for-13 with runners in scoring position. Coming into the night, they were the only team in the Majors without at least one game with four-plus hits with runners in scoring position.

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Minor made a nice recovery after misplaying a comebacker to the mound and got himself out of a fourth-inning jam. The Rangers had a 4-3 lead, but the Red Sox had runners at the corners when Hanley Ramirez hit a high hopper back to the mound. Minor got his glove on it, but the ball slipped away and rolled behind the mound. Minor was able to scamper after it and fire to first for the third out of the inning.

Video: BOS@TEX: Minor fields comebacker for the out in 4th

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
After Rafael Devers led off the fourth with a single to right, Eduardo Nunez grounded a hit up the middle. DeShields charged the ball hard in center, but he misplayed it, letting the ball get behind him. Devers went to third easily while Nunez was thrown out trying for second. But Red Sox manager Alex Cora challenged the call and it was overturned as the replay official determined second baseman Isiah Kiner-Falefa missed the tag. Nunez ended up scoring in the two-run inning.

Video: BOS@TEX: Nunez safe at second after challenge in 4th

UP NEXT
Right-hander Bartolo Colon makes his fifth start for the Rangers on Friday. He has a 2.87 ERA, which would be in the top 15 in the American League except he is two-thirds of an inning short of qualifying. His 0.86 WHIP would be the seventh best. He is 9-11 with a 3.76 ERA in 29 career games against the Red Sox. He will be opposed by Rick Porcello, and first pitch is slated for 7:05 p.m. CT.

T.R. Sullivan has covered the Rangers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2006. Follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast.

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