ARLINGTON, Texas — The Red Sox were trailing the Texas Rangers by two runs in the seventh inning on Saturday night. But they had runners at second and third and Dustin Pedroia at the plate.
Pedroia grounded a ball into the hole at first base. First baseman Mitch Moreland ranged over to make the play and fed pitcher Tanner Scheppers for the final out of the inning.
The Sox went on to lose, 5-1, before a sellout crowd of 47,173 at Rangers Ballpark. They have scored one run on 13 hits in the last two games.
For the first time all season, the team with the best record in baseball is wobbling.
Pedroia is hitless in his last 14 at-bats and has six extra-base hits all season. The Red Sox are the only team in the American League without a home run out of the No. 3 position in the order.
“I’m OK. Good hitters gets hits, man,” said Pedroia, who has hit third in every game. “We’ll be all right.”
The Rangers have the lowest earned run average in the league at 3.02. They have shown why against the Sox. A night after they were shut out by Derek Holland and Derek Lowe, the Sox had seven hits against Alexi Ogando (3-2) and three relievers.
Now the Sox face Texas ace Yu Darvish on Sunday. But Pedroia wasn’t buying into the idea that the Sox should be concerned.
“It’s a couple of games. We’ll be all right. Everything is going to be OK. Calm the you-know-what down, OK?” he said.
Texas is not a treat for the Sox. They are 6-15 at Rangers Ballpark over the last five seasons, 2-8 in the last two years.