Red Sox beat Rangers 8-4 on the back of clutch doubles
Benintendi, Bradley Jr. combine for four doubles en route to an 8-4 Red Sox victory over the Rangers
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The Boston Red Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Tuesday night. With the victory, Boston advances to an MLB-best 64-29 while Texas drops to 40-53 with the loss. It was the Red Sox’ eight straight win. Hector Velazquez took the hill for the Sox, opposing Rangers’ starter Yovani Gallardo. The game was played at Fenway Park in Boston.
It was another offensive show for the Red Sox, which are in the midst of an extremely light schedule. The team accumulated six doubles on the night, including two a piece from Jackie Bradley Jr. and Andrew Benintendi. For Beni Biceps, it was a nice reminder to the masses that he should be in the American League All-Star Game. He went 2-4 in the game with 2 RBIs, raising his season OPS to .906. Voting for the Final Vote ends Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. eastern time, so click this link to do so.
On the pitching side of things, Hector Velazquez, Boston’s typical long man, had to fill in for the myriad of injured starters (Drew Pomeranz, Brian Johnson and Steven Wright) the team has. He did a respectable job, limiting the Rangers to just one run in three innings. With that said, he could not go very far, so the Sox had to rely heavily on their bullpen.
After Velazquez, the team turned to the recently called up Jalen Beeks to log some innings. Beeks is having a superb year as a starter for Triple-A Pawtucket but made a horrendous impression in his spot start earlier in the year against the Tigers. This was somewhat of a redemption appearance for him, yet he could not find much success.
He was tagged for three earned runs in just 2 and 1/3 innings, ballooning his season ERA to 12.79 (small sample size caveat). It easily could have been worse had it not been for some stellar defensive plays by the defense, including a homerun-saving catch by Mookie Betts up against the warning track.
The game was also notable for the fact Blake Swihart, making an appearance at catcher, had a very solid game with the stick. He narrowly missed a homerun early in the game, settling for a double, and then hit a line drive right back to the pitcher, which ricocheted off his glove for an infield single. It was just his third multi-hit game of the season.