BOSTON -- In their quest to start building some momentum, the Red Sox cooled off the hottest team in the Majors with a collection of timely hits en route to an 11-6 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.It was an auspicious start to a six-game homestand
BOSTON -- In their quest to start building some momentum, the Red Sox cooled off the hottest team in the Majors with a collection of timely hits en route to an 11-6 victory over the Rangers on Tuesday night at Fenway Park.
It was an auspicious start to a six-game homestand for the 23-21 Red Sox. Texas had won 11 of 12 while outscoring its opponents, 72-38, over that span.
"I mean, Texas hit a hot streak, they had won 10 games in a row," said Boston shortstop Xander Bogaerts. "We're a Major League team also, so we can also do something like that, but it's all up to us. You've got to be playing pretty perfect baseball to go on a 10-win run. Hopefully we can do that. We played a good one tonight, so it's a good start."
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Bogaerts led the attack for Boston with three hits, three RBIs and four runs scored. Dustin Pedroia added a two-run double in a four-run sixth inning. Mitch Moreland, facing his former team for the first time, had two hits and drove in two.
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Perhaps the Red Sox are finally ready to start rolling as an offense. They've scored 23 runs over the past two games.
"We have had back-to-back games, double-digit runs, that's the kind of offense we have," said Bogaerts. "The weather's heating up, a lot of guys are putting a lot of good swings on the ball. It was a good win today, a lot of guys contributed."
Rick Porcello wasn't at this best, giving up 11 hits and four earned runs over 6 2/3 innings, but it was enough for the righty (3-5, 4.35 ERA) to get the win.
Andrew Cashner (1-4, 3.18) allowed six hits, five runs and four walks over five innings to take the loss. The Rangers walked eight overall.
"The walks beat us," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "There were some close misses, we know this is a club that swings at pitches in the zone. They had pretty good plate discipline in the zone."
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The Rangers out-hit the Red Sox, 13-12, but some sloppy defense hurt their cause, as did Nomar Mazara getting thrown out trying to score from first on a double by Jonathan Lucroy to short-circuit a rally in the seventh.
"Well, it looms large as they're potentially putting up three runs in the inning," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "We have a long inning the inning before with four runs to spread things out a little bit. To shut the momentum off after a good swing by Lucroy, a big out, almost a momentum shifter in that case."
In a losing effort, Texas got multi-hit games from Shin-Soo Choo, Mazara, Rougned Odor, Joey Gallo and Jared Hoying. Gallo's towering solo shot to right in the eighth had a projected distance of 383 feet, according to Statcast™.
"Any time your team puts up six runs, you expect to win," Cashner said. "I have to do a better job."
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Tough run: The Rangers gave up a two-out run in the third when their defense couldn't make a couple of tough plays behind Cashner. Bogaerts, batting with two outs, hit a grounder down the third-base line that Gallo backhanded, then leaped, twisted and made a strong throw to first. But the ball short-hopped first baseman Mike Napoli and he couldn't dig it out. Andrew Benintendi followed with a pop into shallow left. Shortstop Elvis Andrus raced back and tried to make a twisting over-the-shoulder catch. But he couldn't hold on and Bogaerts raced to third on the single. He scored on Cashner's wild pitch.
"It could have been a different game if things had gone a different way in different spots," Cashner said.
Started from the bottom: No. 9 hitter Deven Marrero, who is hitting just .154, started a three-run rally in the fifth with a leadoff single to center and four-run rally in the sixth with a two-out walk. The base on balls by lefty Dario Alvarez was the one that really hurt the Rangers, as there was nobody on base when Marrero came to the plate. Before those two rallies, it was a 2-2 game.
"Yeah, I threw that with everything I had, that was probably 99-mph Statcast™. I tried my best, obviously you never want to see a run score, especially on your pitcher, so that was nice. Kind of changed the game there a little bit and we had a good game." -- Bogaerts, on his relay throw to the plate to nail Mazara
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Since the start of the 2015 season, Bogaerts leads the Major Leagues with 240 hits at home. He is hitting .336 in 715 at-bats at Fenway over that span.
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The Rangers, trailing 9-3, scored two in the seventh and were threatening for more. With Mazara at first and two outs, Lucroy hit one off the center-field wall and Mazara tried to score. Bogaerts throw was on target and Mazara was called out as tried to slide around catcher Sandy Leon's tag. The Rangers challenged both on the tag and on a possibly violation of the blocking the plate rule.
After viewing all relevant angles, the replay official definitively determined that no violation of the home plate collision rule occurred. Additionally, the replay official could not definitively determine that the runner touched home plate prior to the fielder applying the tag and the call stood. Banister stood on the top steps of the dugout for a few minutes afterward glaring out toward the field.
Rangers: Left-hander Martin Perez pitches for the Rangers at 6:10 p.m. CT on Wednesday against the Red Sox. He is 1-1 with a 2.79 ERA in his past three starts and 2-2 with a 6.58 ERA in five career starts against Boston.
Red Sox: Lefty ace Chris Sale (4-2, 2.19 ERA) chases history Wednesday when he tries to become the first MLB pitcher to record 10-plus strikeouts in nine straight starts. Sale tied the record he shared with Hall of Famer Pedro Martinez with his eighth consecutive double-digit K game Friday in Oakland. First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET.
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Ian Browne has covered the Red Sox for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @IanMBrowne and Facebook.
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.