Game over: Rangers 5, Red Sox 1
That’s it. The Sox were outscored 26-11 in the series and allowed 11 home runs. They are 0-3 for the first time since 1996 when they started 0-5.
Back with the postmortem from the clubhouse.
Top of the 9th: Rangers 5, Red Sox 1
In need of work with the off-day tomorrow, Jonathan Papelbon started the inning. Blanco doubled to right, the ball ticking off the glove of Gonzalez when it took a high hop. Papelbon then predictably hit Kinsler in the back.
Young doubled in a run. Hamilton was intentionally walked to get to Beltre and it worked as Papelbon struck his former teammate out. He also struck out Cruz and Murphy to end the inning.
Top of the 8th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1
Nelson Cruz belted a solo shot off Buchholz into the upper deck. That’s three for him in the series and 11 for the Rangers. Reyes replaced him.
Buchholz’s line: 6.1 IP, 5 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 3 K, 4 HR. 86 pithes, 56 strikes.
Middle of the 7th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1
Youkilis walked before Ortiz singled. Lowrie grounded into a force of Ortiz at second. Crawford (2 for 3) singled in a run. Saltalamacchia, who has looked awful at the plate, popped to right. McDonald walked to loaded the bases. Ellsbury had a chance and struck out swinging at a cutter.
Sox are 1 for 5 with runners in scoring position today, 5 for 28 in the series.
Top of the 7th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 0
Harrison has not allowed a hit since the third inning. Buchholz walked Kinsler then picked him off. Young singled then Hamilton grounded into a double play.
Top of the 6th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 0
Napoli connected off Buchholz. After giving up nine homers all last season, Buchholz has allowed three today. He has given up three hits in five innings, all solo homers. Mike Vega tells me the Rangers have hit 3,937 feet of home runs in this series, 0.74 miles worth.
Top of the 5th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 0
1-2-3 inning for each of the pitchers.
Top of the 4th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 0
Pedroia had an infield single in the third but Gonzalez fanned looking to end the inning. Harrison has whiffed six. Ian Kinsler — who else? — homered for the Rangers. That’s three in three days and nine in the series for Texas.
Buchholz allowed nine HR all last season, two today.
Top of the 3rd: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0
Clay Buchholz is the best Red Sox pitcher of the series. It took six batters before he allowed a home run, this one to right field by David Murphy. Crazy wind here today. There was a dirt devil in front of the Red Sox dugout. Mike Vega, the pride of Brownsville, Texas, said they happens all the time in Texas. It was like a little dirt tornado.
Middle of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0
Ortiz managed a single through the shift. Crawford then singled down the line with two outs for his first hit as a member of the Red Sox. But Salty (0 for 8) struck out looking. Healthy strike zone by Brian Runge today, not that there’s anything wrong with that.
Top of the 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0
Buchholz walked Kinsler, which kept him from hitting a home run. Young then grounded into a double play before Hamilton struck out looking.
Middle of the 1st: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0
Harrison hit 97 when he struck out Pedroia, who took a half swing that looked more like a flinch. A guy throwing 97 on a sunny day will be hard to deal with. Now we’ll see if Kinsler hits another homer.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from Texas, where’s it’s sunny and very windy. Keeping the ball down will be important today for Clay Buchholz.
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