The Texas Rangers (41-44) lost two of three at Globe Life Park in its last matchup against the Boston Red Sox (49-36). The Red Sox won the season series 1-5.
Shortstop Elvis Andrus scored on a wild pitch to start the Rangers’ offense in Monday’s series opener. Second basemen Rougned Odor continued the offensive push with a solo home run in the fourth inning, his 15th of the season. Three innings later, center fielder Carlos Gomez copied Odor with a solo home run of his own in the seventh, his 11th. Left fielder Nomar Mazara knocked-in a run with a RBI single in the eighth. Designated hitter Mike Napoli tied the game with a solo home run, his 17th, against Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel in the ninth. This was only the second blown save and second home run allowed for Kimbrel this season.
Rangers starting pitcher Martin Perez pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed two earned runs, four walks and struck out three. The bullpen held its own with 4 1/3 scoreless innings, part of this effort came from veteran Jason Grilli’s, who was making his Rangers debut. The Rangers thought it was going to steal a win from the Red Sox until reliever Ernesto Frieri allowed a two-run, 10th-inning single to Boston left fielder Andrew Benintendi. The Rangers were unable to come back in the bottom of the inning and lost 7-5.
Prior to Tuesday’s game, Rangers designated Frieri for assignment as a corresponding move to activating reliever Jeremy Jeffress from the 10-day disabled list. Jeffress has been on the disabled list since June 22.
The Rangers offense was silenced until Napoli, playing first base in game two, hit a three-run home run, his 18th, in the egith inning of game two. Left fielder Delino DeShields continued the late power surge with a solo home run in the ninth inning, his second.
Rangers starter Yu Darvish struggled through 4 1/3 innings pitched, while giving up 11 hits and seven earned runs. Reliever Nick Martinez saved the rest of the bullpen with 3 2/3 innings pitched while allowing four runs, three earned, to score. Martinez also managed to walk three and strike out three. Following Martinez’s long relief appearance, Tony Barnette pitched a perfect frame with two strikeouts. The Rangers lost 11-4.
Despite the Rangers’ 11-4 loss on Tuesday, veteran third baseman Adrian Beltre hit his 600th career double as part of a three-hit game.
The final game between the Rangers and the Red Sox started an hour and 26 minutes after the scheduled start because of a rain delay. This delay did not slow down the Rangers’ as it scored eight consecutive runs. The Rangers’ offense started with Odor’s second inning, two-run home run, his 16th. Gomez added to the early lead with a solo home run in the third, his 12th. Then, the Rangers added to its lead with two sacrifice flies in the fourth, one from catcher Jonathan Lucroy and the other from right fielder Shin-Soo Choo. Gomez finished the three-run inning with a RBI single. Shortstop Jurickson Profar hit his first double of the season to add two runs to the Ragners’ lead in the fifth.
Rangers starter Andrew Cashner flirted with history as he carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts broke the no-hitter with a two-run home run. Bogaerts had the home run opportunity because the batter before reached on a Pete Kozma, who just entered the game as the new first basemen, two-out missed catch. Despite Kozma’s error, Cashner pitched seven innings of a quality start, which included allowing two runs, zero earned runs, three hits and three walks. Cashner’s pitching gem also included four strikeouts. Relievers Matt Bush and Alex Claudio followed Cashner’s seven innings with a scoreless eighth and ninth. Rangers won 8-2.
The Rangers will host the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (44-45) for a three-game weekend series to conclude the first half of the season and head into the All-Star break.
This weekend series can be heard:
Friday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 6:30 CT
Saturday- Franchise 107.7 at 7:30 CT
Sunday- Franchise 2 1560AM at 1:30 CT