After having to rally two games in a row for victories, the Boston Red Sox were in complete control in their 8-3 win over the Texas Rangers completing the four game series sweep on Marathon Monday in Boston. The game’s first pitch was thrown at 11:06am to correspond with marathon runners passing through Kenmore square during the middle and late innings of the game.
Rookie Clay Buchholtz hurled 6 innings for the Red Sox allowing 0 runs on 5 hits while striking out 6 Rangers in the outing for the win. This was Buchholtz’s first victory of the season, and first win as a starting pitcher since he hurled a no-hitter at Fenway on Sept 1st last fall.
While Buchholtz was solid on the hill, his teammates made sure that his effort would not go to waste, posting 5 runs in the 4th inning and another 3 in the 5th to take an 8-0 lead that would prove to be more then enough. Julio Lugo led the Sox at the plate going 4-4 on the afternoon, scoring 2 runs, knocking in an RBI and reaching base again on a walk.
DH David Ortiz got into the action as well belting two RBI doubles in back to back innings, good for 3 RBI’s on the day. He has now hit safely in 7 of 8 games and raised his average .107 points over that span (.070 up to .177). He has been hitting better ever since his number 34 jersey was unearthed from the construction site of the new Yankee Stadium mid last week.
Youngsters Dustin Pedroia and Jacoby Ellsbury each chipped in with 2 hits a piece. Pedroia knocked in 2 RBI’s while Ellsbury added 1 RBI, a walk and 2 stolen bases.
The Rangers sent former Red Sox starter Kason Gabbard to the mound, but after only 2 innings he was removed from the game due to back spasms. Gabbard did not allow a hit but did surrender 3 walks in his brief outing. He was relieved by Dustin Nippert who would pitch a scoreless 3rd inning before allowing all 8 of the Red Sox runs over the 4th and 5th frames and took the loss.
Former Red Sox farm hand Dave Murphy paced the Rangers at the plate going 2 for 3 on the day, scoring a run and recording a walk. SS Michael Young also had 2 hits, scored a run and walked in the game.
The Sox will now welcome the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to Boston for a three game series. LA is currently in first in the AL West with a 12-8 record while Boston sits atop the AL East at a 14-7 mark.
Tuesday’s match up will feature Josh Beckett throwing against the young fireballer, Jered Weaver. Wednesday the Sox will send Dice-K Matsuzaka to the hill to face Jon Garland, and in the final match up before the Sox hit the road for a weekend series in Tampa Bay, Boston sends Jon Lester to the mound to duel against Joe Saunders on Thursday.
Tickets are still available for all of these match ups!