Rapid reaction: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1

Moreland leads Rangers to win

Mitch Moreland hits a solo homer and drove in two runs in the Rangers' 3-1 win over the Red Sox.

BOSTON -- Where do you go if you want to see the home team score? Gillette Stadium to see the New England Revolution or Fenway Park to see the Boston Red Sox?

In better times, the answer was obvious -- Fenway Park, of course. Gillette Stadium is the place to go if you want to see a 1-nil score.

Not to bust anybody’s bubble, but consider this: The Revolution have scored two goals or more in 7 of their first nine matches. The Sox have scored two runs or fewer in 13 of their 19 games in May.

That trend continued Thursday night, where the Sox dropped the rubber game of their three-game set with the Texas Rangers, 3-1, before a crowd of 34,945 at Fenway Park Thursday night.

Left out: For the 10th straight game in a span that stretches back to April 20, the Red Sox were held to two or fewer runs by a left-handed starter. In this case, they were victimized by Wandy Rodriguez, who gave up four hits and a run in 6 1/3 innings.

RISP=RIP: The Sox were 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position, which included the three batters who meekly went out after David Ortiz's leadoff double brought the tying run to plate in the ninth inning: Hanley Ramirez (popout), Mike Napoli (swinging strikeout), Brock Holt (called third strike).

In their first home series of the season, against the Washington Nationals, the Sox went 12 for 36 with RISP. In nine home games this month, they are 8 for 71, a .114 average.

Buchholz takes the loss: Clay Buchholz pitched into the eighth inning, but took the loss. He gave up a leadoff single to Shin-Soo Choo and a bunt single to Delino DeShields to open the game. Prince Fielder's fly to right advanced the runners, and a walk to Adrian Beltre loaded the bases. A force play brought home one run, and a second run scored when shortstop Xander Bogaerts dropped the ball at second while making the transfer.

Mitch Moreland homered in the fourth for Texas' other run.

A Mookie Betts single, Dustin Pedroia double and Ortiz groundout accounted for Boston's only run, which came in the fourth.