July 5, 2016

G83: Rangers 7, Red Sox 2

Rangers - 200 001 004 - 7 11  0
Red Sox - 010 100 000 - 2 11  0
Tuesday night was a LOB-otomy for the Red Sox. Boston left 14 men on base and batted 2-for-16 with runners on second and/or third. They should never have been trailing by a run when Craig Kimbrel allowed the Rangers to blow the game wide open in the top of the ninth. Kimbrel faced four men: walk, single, single, home run. And that was that.

The last time David Price faced Texas, back on June 24, he lasted only 2.1 innings. This game looked like it would be similar as Shin-Soo Choo clubbed Price's first pitch to dead center for a home run. Then two singles and a walk loaded the bases for Texas with none out. Price came back to get three outs, but the Rangers added a sac fly to lead 2-0.

Jackie Bradley led off the bottom of the second with a bomb to center and Xander Bogaerts drew a bases-loaded walk in the fourth, tying the game at 2-2.

With one out in the sixth, Elvis Andrus singled and scored on Rougned Odor's double off the Wall. Price's line: 8-8-3-1-10, 109.

Boston left at least one runner in "scoring postion" in each of the first seven innings:
1st: 1st and 3rd
2nd: 1st and 3rd
3rd: 2nd
4th: 1st, 2nd and 3rd
5th: 3rd
6th: 2nd
7th: 1st and 2nd
8th: 1st
9th: 3rd
Hanley Ramirez reached base four times on a single, two walks, and a HBP. ... Mookie Betts and Dustin Pedroia each had two singles and a walk. ... Travis Shaw doubled and singled.
A.J. Griffin / David Price
Betts, RF
Pedroia, 2B
Bogaerts, SS
Ortiz, DH
Ramirez, 1B
Bradley, CF
Holt, LF
Shaw, 3B
Leon, C
The Orioles dropped their fifth consecutive game last night, so the Red Sox (45-37) are only 2 GB.

Elias reports that Sandy Leon is the first Red Sox player to start a season with 20 hits in his first 40 at-bats since David Ortiz in 2013. Before Ortiz, Rudy Pemberton did it back in September 1996.

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