The Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 on getaway day this afternoon at Fenway Park. They won the 2nd home series of the year, taking 2 out of 3 from the Rangers after being swept by the Milwaukee Brewers. Weather played a factor as a strong wind blowing in from left stifled the offense and the hitters battled shadows at the plate.
David Ortiz delivered the big blow in the bottom of the eighth with his team down 2-1, hitting a 3-run homer to take a 4-2 lead over the Rangers. Jake Peavy certainly pitched good enough to win, but left in a 1-1 tie. Peavy threw 6 2/3 solid innings tallying 8 punch-outs.
Boston drew first blood in the third inning when Bradley and Gomes drew back-to-back walks with one man out. Pedroia reached on a wayward throw by the pitcher Ross into right field, allowing Bradley to cross the plate.
Robert Ross had luck on his side, allowing just 1 run in 5.1 innings despite walking 6 Red Sox hitters. Ross seemingly had deep counts all afternoon, but the double play bailed him out on multiple occasions. He threw just 10 first pitch strikes to the 21 batters he faced. The Sox offense had plenty of chances to capitalize but could not execute.
The Sox held their 1-0 lead until the Rangers 7th, when Mitch Moreland left the yard to even the score. Moreland had 2 strikeouts in his previous at bats, but he was due for a hit off Jake Peavy. Moreland hit .500 (3-6) off the righty with 2 homers coming into today’s contest, and he continued that success in the late stages of today’s game.
Alexi Ogando was dominant out of the bullpen and had the strikeout working, setting down 4 straight Red Sox batters by way of the K. His effort kept the bats at bay, allowing his team to take a 2-1 lead in the 8th.
The Texas bullpen imploded in the home eighth as Bradley drew a leadoff walk, his third of the game, and AJ Pierzynski singled to right. After Pedroia made an out, Ortiz stepped into the box to face the new pitcher Neal Cotts. Ortiz was 0-5 with 5 whiffs in his career against the lefty reliever. In the biggest at bat of the afternoon, Ortiz launched a towering 3-run bomb to right for a 4-2 lead, adding to his clutch reputation.
Automatic closer Koji Uehara pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to earn his 2nd save of the year and seal the win for his teammates.
Papi Does it Again! It’s getting hard to keep count of all the clutch hits David Ortiz collects. He adds to his resume with a 3-run shot off lefty Neal Cotts to fuel the comeback victory. Ortiz finished the day 2-4 with a double, HR, and 3 RBI.
Where’s the support? Jake Peavy looked like the Peavy of old, dominating Ranger hitters via the strikeout for most of the afternoon. Peavy left the game after 109 pitches with 2 outs in the 7th, walking Rangers backstop Robinson Chirinos. Moreland’s homer was the only blemish of his outing. Once again the bats could not get their starter a lead, and Peavy came away with a no decision despite his performance.
Double Trouble The double play came to the rescue once again in the series finale as Ross wiggled out of trouble in the 3rd, 4th, and fifth innings. The Red Sox hit into 10 twin killings in the three game series against Texas.
Rivalry Time Boston makes their first trip to the Bronx of 2014 to take on the rival Yankees in a 4-game series, their first grudge match of the season. Jacoby Ellsbury will face his old team for the first time. Here’s the pitching matchups for the weekend series:
Thursday 7:05 PM - Buchholz vs. Pineda
Friday 7:05 PM - Lester vs. Sabathia
Saturday 1:05 PM - Lackey vs. Kuroda
Sunday 8:00 PM - Doubront vs. Nova