Red Sox Stymied Again – Rangers Roll to 5-1 Victory

Red Sox starter John Lackey

Red Sox starter John Lackey

Four days into the month of May, the Boston Red Sox and their fans might just be longing for April.  For the second straight night, Boston hitters were victimized by Texas pitching and did nothing to help themselves defensively.

Rangers starter Alexi Ogando pitched six innings of one-run ball and was supported by a strong offensive showing by his teammates.  Ian Kinsler set the  tone of the evening by taking Red Sox starter John Lackey deep on the first pitch of the Ranger half of the first inning.

Boston responded in the top of the second when David Ortiz doubled deep into center field – a hit that confounded Rangers middle outfielder Craig Gentry.  Daniel Nava pushed Ortiz across the plate with a one-out single also to center but Ogando settled in and the door was closed for the Boston offense.  The game remained tight until the fourth when the Ranger offense began peppering Lackey and subsequently reliever Andrew Miller.  Texas center fielder Craig Gentry also homered in a three-RBI night and two fielding errors, both committed by Will Middlebrooks, cost the Red Sox two additional runs.

The Red Sox began the series in Texas on Friday night with the best record in the major leagues (20-8).  They start Sunday 20-10, 1.5 games ahead of the Yankees who defeated Oakland 4-2 on Saturday.

“It’s a couple games. We’ll be all right,” Dustin Pedroia said. “Everything’s going to be OK.”

John Farrell added “You have to give credit where it’s due. Their starting staff, their pitching staff, is a very good one. They stay out of the middle of the plate. Ogando used a high number of secondary pitches tonight to keep us from rushing out there in some fastball counts. And they’ve pitched well.”

Sunday’s rubber match will feature team aces Jon Lester (4-0, 3.11 ERA) against Yu Darvish (5-1, 2.33 ERA).

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