Final score: Rangers 10, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox finished with two hits as Texas pitchers set down the final 16 batters in order. The two hits matched a season low.
Holland (13-5) was the winner and Miller (6-2) the loser. The Sox are now in second place after the Yankees beat the Blue Jays, 3-2.
Top of the 9th: Rangers 10, Red Sox 0
The eighth inning saw Wakefield allow a single but go otherwise untouched. The Sox then went in order against Merkin Valdez, who relieved Holland.
Top of the 8th: Rangers 10, Red Sox 0
Holland is just motoring. He has retired 10 in a row and 20 of the last 21 batters.
Middle of the 7th: Rangers 10 Red Sox 0
Holland is working on a two-hit shutout. Wakefield now has two scoreless innings.
Middle of the 6th: Rangers 10, Red Sox 0
Not much going on. The Sox went in order again. Wakefield came in and retired the side in order. Pedroia and Gonzalez are done for the night.
Middle of the 5th: Rangers 10, Red Sox 0
That Matt Albers came out of the bullpen with the Sox down 7-0 was a sign of how far down he has fallen in stature. Then he showed why.
Murphy homered to right. Gentry singled before Andrus hit a bomb into the Monster Seats. Now the Sox are getting thumped.
But doing The Wave and Sweet Caroline are yet to come! Woo Woo!
Top of the 5th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 0
Gonzalez singled but that was it. Holland is firmly in control of this game.
Middle of the 4th: Rangers 7, Red Sox 0
Andrus singled, stole second (up 6-0?) and eventually scored on a single by Beltre. He now has two RBIs.
Bowden has struck out five of the 11 batters he has faced.
Top of the 4th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 0
Since Ellsbury singled, Holland has retired eight in a row
Middle of the 3rd: Rangers 6, Red Sox 0
Bowden struck out the side. I don’t know if it’s ever going to be with the Red Sox. But he has the stuff to be a solid seventh-inning guy for a big league team.
Top of the 3rd: Rangers 6, Red Sox 0
1-2-3 inning for Holland, who somehow stayed awake waiting to go back to the mound.
Middle of the 2nd: Rangers 6, Red Sox 0
Bowden got Beltre to pop to center. Napoli then hit a foul ball along the first base line that Gonzalez had a play on. But a fan with a mohawk haircut wearing a gray t-shirt also tried to catch the ball with his hat and no play was made.
Napoli then walked to make it 6-0. Nice going, Mohawk Man.
Torrealba popped to second to finally end the inning.
Top of the 2nd: Rangers 5, Red Sox 0
The Andrew Miller Comeback Tour is a bust. The tall lefty was brutal tonight and is done after 1.1 innings.
Torrealba and Murphy singled before Gentry bunted them over. Kinsler then hit a rocket that was headed toward BU when it left the park. Andrus walked, Hamilton singled and Young walked before Francona came out to get Miller.
Michael Bowden inherits three runners and one out with Adrian Beltre up. Good luck with that.
Top of the 2nd: Rangers 2, Red Sox 0
Ellsbury singled but was picked off first. Pedroia then lined to center and Gonzalez grounded to second.
Ellsbury has been caught stealing 12 times, matching his career high.
Middle of the 1st: Rangers 2, Red Sox 0
That was an ugly inning for the Sox. Miller walked the first two batters on 10 pitches then committed a balk. He struck out Hamilton then got Young to hit a groundball to shortstop, a little toward second base.
It looked like a routine play, but Lowrie dove for some reason and couldn’t come up with the ball. It was ruled a hit as a run scored. Old friend Adrian Beltre then delivered a sacrifice fly to center for the second round.
Lowrie mashes against lefties, no doubt. But his defensive shortcomings are cropping up almost daily. Can they start him in a postseason game?
Pre-game: Good evening from Fenway Park, where the Red Sox are entertaining the Texas Rangers. It’ll be Andrew Miller against Derek Holland as two first-place teams meet.
Frank Dell’apa will be helping out later on. For now, hang out for updates all game long and feel free to add your comments.
Enjoy the game.