Thursday, June 6, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 6, Rangers 3
By Todd Wills
BOSTON -- David Ortiz hit a walk-off three-run home run off Michael Kirkman in the bottom of the ninth as Boston rallied for a 6-3 victory on Thursday night at Fenway Park.
No clutch hits: The Rangers were 2-for-12 with runners in scoring position and scored all three of their runs off home runs. They left nine men on base. The top of the ninth was painful: Jurickson Profar led off with a single and went to second on Elvis Andrus' sacrifice bunt, but with two chances to plate the go-ahead run, the Rangers didn't come close against Red Sox closer Andrew Bailey. David Murphy popped up to third base and Lance Berkman, stuck in a 2-for-20 slump, struck out to end the inning.
Frasor gets call: After Robbie Ross loaded the bases on two hits and a walk, Rangers manager Ron Washington turned to Jason Frasor, who had pitched once in 10 days, and that coming in the 17-5 loss to the Red Sox on Tuesday night. Frasor pitched the best he has all season, even though he allowed the tying run to score on a fielder's choice that was a possible double-play ball off the bat of Mike Napoli. Frasor's fastball was hitting 95-96 mph as he struck out switch hitter Daniel Nava to end the seventh, keeping the score at 3-3.
Holland grinds it out: Derek Holland allowed a baserunner in every inning and still left with a 3-2 lead after six innings. It was a hard-working start for Holland, who threw 115 pitches. The only damage against him came on a two-out, two-run double by Dustin Pedroia in the bottom of the third. Holland had four more innings in which he allowed at least two baserunners. A pair of double plays started by shortstop Andrus saved him.
Beltre again: Adrian Beltre hit a home run for the second straight night after missing the opening game of the series. It came on a 0-1 pitch from Jon Lester for Beltre's 13th homer of the season. Beltre also had two singles to extend his hitting streak to 11 games and up his season-best batting average to .311.
Home run Baker: Jeff Baker did it again, belting a two-run home run in the second inning to give the Rangers a 2-0 lead. Baker, in the lineup as the designated hitter, has 10 extra-base hits, including seven home runs, in 65 at-bats.
Up next: The Rangers head north of the border for a three-game series with the Toronto Blue Jays. Friday night's series opener features Rangers rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch (3-4, 3.44) against Jays right-hander Esmil Rogers (1-2, 3.77) at 6:07 p.m. on Ch. 21 and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM. On Saturday, Yu Darvish (7-2, 2.77) goes for his first win in four starts against left-hander Mark Buehrle (2-4, 5.42). The series finale Sunday pits right-hander Justin Grimm (5-4, 5.13) against Jays righty Josh Johnson (0-2, 5.40). Saturday and Sunday's games start at 12:07 p.m. on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3 and 1540-AM.