Saturday, May 4, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 5, Red Sox 1
By Todd Wills
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Alexi Ogando gave Texas six solid innings and Craig Gentry's speed and power factored into the outcome for the second night in a row as the Rangers beat Boston for a second straight night, rolling to a 5-1 victory at Rangers Ballpark.
Dominating the Sox: The Rangers finished off another series win at home against the Red Sox, making it six out of seven even with Sunday's game yet to be played. Texas is 15-5 against Boston in that span at Rangers Ballpark. Overall the Rangers are 27-12 against the Red Sox since the start of the 2009 season.
Kinsler adds to record: Kinsler belted the 28th leadoff home run of his career, adding to his team record. It was his first this season after seven in 2012. He did it off Red Sox starter John Lackey, his second off the right-hander. Lackey is one of four pitchers that has yielded a pair of leadoff homers to Kinsler. He homered on the first pitch, the second time he's done that. He also did it against Tampa Bay's Edwin Jackson on Aug. 16, 2008.
Gentry repeat: For the second game in a row, Gentry produced a run with his speed and made Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks feel helpless. Gentry hit a ground ball to Middlebrooks, who was playing well behind the third-base bag. With the bases loaded and his only play to first, Middlebrooks tried to outgun Gentry. It didn't work. Gentry beat the throw, just like Friday, and Middlebrooks' throw got away from Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli for an error, another run and a 3-1 lead.
Gentry power: Gentry muscled up for the third home run of his career, a two-run shot off of former teammate Koji Uehara for a 5-1 lead in the bottom of the eighth. Of the three, it was Gentry's second homer that left has the park (the third being an inside-the-park home run).
Quality again for Ogando: Alexi Ogando put together his third consecutive quality start -- and fourth of the season -- allowing a run in six-plus innings. Ogando picked up his third win. He handled the heart of the Red Sox's order as Shane Victorino, Dustin Pedroia, David Ortiz and Mike Napoli were a combined 2-for-11 against Ogando with no RBIs.
Scheppers again: Tanner Scheppers came in and recorded another crucial out for the Rangers. With the tying runs on base and two outs in the the top of the seventh, Scheppers got Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia to beat a fastball into the ground to second base for an easy finish to the inning. Scheppers escaped to start the eighth inning against David Ortiz as Big Papi sent Craig Gentry to the foot of the wall for the first out.
A Nathan sighting: Rangers closer Joe Nathan pitched for the first time in eight days and retired all three batters he faced in a non-save situation. He had two strikeouts.
Up next: The Rangers go for a three-game sweep of Boston when right-hander Yu Darvish (5-1, 2.33) faces Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester (4-0, 3.11) at 2:05 p.m. on FSSW and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.