In what was supposed to be a promising night with Steven Wright on the mound, the Sox would get trampled by the Rangers 10-3. Wright earned his 5th loss of the season as the Rangers offense put up 10 runs on 11 hits against Boston's best pitcher.
In arguably his worst outing of the season, Steven Wright went only 4.2 innings, giving up 8 runs (3 earned) on 7 hits. Maybe it was the heat, or maybe he just didn't have his stuff, but it was most certainly an off night for the knuckleballer. However, until last night, Wright had a 2.01 ERA, which has now risen to only 2.18. He was bound to have an off-night sooner or later, and last night was it.
Wright was responsible for only 3 of the 8 runs that were scored, and got zero help from the Red Sox defense. Xander Bogaerts and Hanley Ramirez both committed bad errors which would eventually lead to runs later on in the game. So, even though it was a bad outing, I fully expect Wright to bounce back next time out.
Hanley Ramirez got the scoring started with his 8th home run of the season to right field in the top of the 2nd. However, Texas would bounce back shortly after in the bottom of the 4th with an Ian Desmond home run and a Mitch Moreland single to put the Rangers up 3-1.
The very next inning, Mookie Betts cut the 2-run lead in half with a single to right scoring Jackie Bradley Jr. The Rangers didn't take their foot off the gas and put together a 5-run 5th inning, including a home run by Adrian Beltré and a triple by Elvis Andrus. Andrus would score on an ugly Robbie Ross wild pitch, putting the Rangers up 8-3.
The Sox wouldn't go down without a fight though, as Bradley doubled in the 6th, scoring Bogaerts and making it a 8-4 game. Unfortunately, every time the Red Sox tried to chip away, the Rangers would open the lead up even more. Next inning Rougned Odor hit a sacrifice fly to center, scoring Mazara and lengthening the lead to 9-3. To round out the scoring, Moreland grounded into a fielder's choice, scoring Beltré from third.
The Red Sox ended the night with 7 total hits, and had their chances to score, but this one was on the pitching, and this tough Rangers offense proved to be too much to handle. The series is tied at 1-1 and the rubber match will be between Clay Buchholz (3-7, 5.83) and Martin Perez (6-4, 3.57) today at 3:05. Check back in for a full game preview
By Matt Watts