For the first time this year, the Boston Red Sox were outplayed in a series after being swept by the Texas Rangers over the weekend. The Rangers starting pitching was no match for the Red Sox hitters as Boston was able to manage just four runs in the series.
Yu Darvish’s start on Sunday was the highlight of the series as he struck out 14 Boston hitters on Sunday after surrendering two home runs to David Ortiz and David Ross early in the game.
Jon Lester did rebound a bit on Sunday with a better start against Texas striking out seven in six innings and allowing just three runs after giving up six runs to Toronto last Tuesday. Another positive from this series was continuation of the 25 game hitting streak that David Ortiz has going for him dating back to last year. Ortiz also hit career home run 347 on Sunday and is now three away from 350 for his Boston career.
Red Sox struggles in Texas: Boston lost their last two series in Texas dating back to 2012 and are 1-5 in those two series. Their last series win was August 22-25, 2011 when they took three out of four to the Rangers. These two teams will meet again in Boston on June 4-6 at Fenway Park
First series sweep: The Red Sox were swept during this series for the first time since October 1-3 at New York against the Yankees, which turned out to be the final series of the 2012 campaign and the end of Bobby Valentine as Red Sox skipper.
This week will mark a seven game homestand for the Red Sox with four against Minnesota and three vs. Toronto. Last August 2-5, Boston lost three out of four from the Twins and looks for its first series win against them since May 6-9, 2011 at Fenway Park.