Pitching and defense force Boston to drop the series opener against Texas 11-5
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Thursdays series opener against the Texas Rangers resulted in a 11-5 loss for the Boston Red Sox. The offense was shut down, and the Sox struggled with their pitching and defense. David Price and the bullpen struggled with their command. However, Mookie Betts tallied another lead-off home run, his 12th of the season. In total, he collected four RBIs in Thursdays game.
Price did not have his command on Thursday. He struggled throwing all of his pitches, specifically his change up. Both his two seam fast ball and change up were left up in the zone during his start, although Texas did not punish him for it. He threw good change ups that were located in the bottom of the zone but resulted in hits.
He hit Joey Gallo to begin the bottom of the 2nd inning and then gave up a triple to Jurickson Profar that scored Gallo. J.D. Martinez made a great running play to take away extra bases and held Texas to a sacrifice fly. Price limited the Rangers to a 2-0 lead at the end of the inning.
Betts continued his hot hitting with a home run to left field in the third inning. He tallied his 12th home run.
Boston’s defense began to go down hill in the bottom of the 3rd inning. Rafael Devers picked up his seventh error at third base this year. Delino Deshields hit a single which set up a big at-bat for Nomar Mazara. Mazara hit a two-run double to move Texas’s lead to 4-1.
The Red Sox responded in the top of the 4th inning. After Devers and Eduardo Nunez picked up singles, and Blake Swihart loaded the bases with a walk, Christian Velazquez hit a bloop single to score a run. Betts came up next and hit a sac fly to make the score 4-3.
The pitching and defense got out of hand in the bottom of the fourth. Price gave up two more runs in the fourth inning. After giving up an RBI single, he loaded the bases, and walked in a run to push Boston’s deficit to 6-3. Price was then taken out of the game and Cora put in Hector Velazquez. Price left the game with a 3.2 IP 6 H 7ER 2 BB 4 K pitching line.
After another run scored on a Christian Velazquez passed ball, Texas’s lead swelled to 7-3. Mazara came up to bat again and hit a three-run home run to put the game out of reach at 10-3. Mazara ended the day with five RBIs.
Xander Bogaerts would pick up two errors. In the bottom of the 5th inning he missed a short throw to Nunez at second base. In the bottom of the 7th inning, Bogey made another throwing error after he threw the ball out of play while throwing to first base.
Texas would score another run in the bottom of the 7th inning to make the lead 11- 3 but Mookie would respond with a two-run double in the top of the 8th inning to make the score 11-5 .
Pitching and defense have been eratic the last three days for the Red Sox. Boston committed seven errors in the last two days. They turned in four errors against the Kansas City Royals on Tuesday, and finished tonight with three errors. Tonight’s loss ranks Boston third in the league with 12 errors and now the Red Sox have a slim one game lead over the Yankees in the AL East.