Rangers, Red Sox Battle in One-Sided Series

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ARLINGTON, Texas, May 14 — The Texas Rangers dropped their second straight game on Saturday, as they lost to the Boston Red Sox by a final score of 11–3. It has been a rough couple of nights for the Rangers and their fans. It has been quite the opposite, however, from Boston’s perspective. On Saturday, it was J.D. Martinez and Rafael Devers that provided the Red Sox with a huge spark that would lead to the series victory for Boston. The finale of this three-game set is on Sunday afternoon at 1:35 PM Central. Martin Perez (1–2, 2.10 ERA) will toe the slab for Texas. The Red Sox, meanwhile, will send left-hander Austin Davis (0–1, 2.70 ERA) to the mound in this Sunday matinee.


Long Night for Rangers

The Rangers may not be feeling their best heading into Sunday’s finale. Saturday night was a very tough loss for this team. The Red Sox got things started in the top of the first inning. J.D. Martinez hit his fourth home run of the season. It was to left center field, putting the Red Sox ahead 1–0. They scored their second run an inning later. It was off the bat of Bobby Dalbec. Dalbec singled to left field, driving in Franchy Cordero in the process. Later on in the inning, a sac fly by Enrique Hernandez gave them a 3–1 lead.

Moments later, Rafael Devers hit a two-run shot to left field, extending the Red Sox’ lead to 5–1. It would become 6–1 in the top of the fourth inning. Hernandez grounded into a force out that allowed Dalbec to cross the dish. Later in the top of the fifth inning, Cordero drove in Trevor Story with a single of his own. This stretched the Red Sox’ lead to 7–1. Then Christian Vazquez doubled home Cordero on a sharp fly ball to right field.

The offense didn’t stop there, however. Vazquez scored on an RBI double by Hernandez, making it 9–1 Boston. The Rangers were ready to wave the white flag in the fifth inning, but that’s not how the game works. A sac fly by Xander Bogaerts in the top of the eighth inning scored Devers.

With ten runs on the board for the Red Sox, they would add an 11th tally in the top of the ninth inning. Bradley Jr. singled on a ground ball to Rangers pitcher Brett Martin. This drove in Cordero.


Three for the Rangers

Rangers shortstop Corey Seager hit a single to right field to put the Rangers on the board. At the time, this tied the game 1–1. Texas wouldn’t score again until the bottom of the seventh inning. They scored two runs on an RBI double by Kole Calhoun. Nick Solak and Andy Ibanez scored the Rangers’ last two runs of the evening on the play.


Rangers Pitching Notes

Right-hander Glenn Otto got the start for Texas on Saturday. He took the losing decision in this one-sided affair. He now has a record of 1–1 on the year with an earned run average of 6.38. Otto pitch 4 2/3 innings. He gave up eight earned runs on eight hits.  Two of them were home runs. He also walked four and struck out four.

Josh Sborz replaced Otto in the fifth inning. He tossed one inning, and gave up one run on two hits. He didn’t walk anyone, and he had two strikeouts. Next out of the pen for the Rangers was Matt Moore. He went two innings, and gave up only one hit. Moore also had one strikeout.

Dennis Santana and Brett Martin were the last two to pitch against the Red Sox on Saturday. They each went one inning apiece. Santana gave up one run on one hit, and struck out one. Martin surrendered one run on two hits. He also had one strikeout.

Veteran lefty Rich Hill was the starting pitcher for the Red Sox on Saturday. He would take home the winning decision for Boston. His record for 2022 is now 1–1 with an ERA of 2.89. He pitched six innings. Hill also gave up all three of the Rangers’ runs on seven hits, but only two of the runs were earned. He didn’t walk anyone, and he struck out four. There was no save recorded. This Rangers-Red Sox series concludes on Sunday.


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Players Mentioned:

J.D. Martinez, Rafael Devers, Martin Perez, Austin Davis, J.D. Martinez, Bobby Dalbec, Franchy Cordero, Enrique Hernandez, Rafael Devers, Trevor Story, Christian Vazquez, Xander Bogaerts, Brett Martin, Corey Seager, Kole Calhoun, Nick Solak, Andy Ibanez, Glenn Otto, Josh Sborz, Matt Moore, Dennis Santana, Rich Hill