ARLINGTON, Texas — All the trouble that Red Sox starter Felix Doubront got himself into over the course of his 3.2 innings against the Texas Rangers seemed to come with two outs. Eventually, in a five-run fourth inning that all but buried the Sox, it caught up him.
In his shortest outing of the season, Doubront allowed six runs on 12 hits and the Sox were hammered 7-0. Fueled by Adrian Beltre’s four-hit night, three-RBI night, the Rangers bounced back after dropping two of the first three-games on their six-game home stand.
Going to his slider whenever he needed a strikeouts, Derek Holland had the Sox on a string, fanning nine socks in eight shutout innings.
End of the seventh, Rangers 7, Red Sox 0: Alex Wilson gave up one run on five hits over 2 2/3 before giving the ball to Clayton Mortensen, who with a runner on first got two relatively quick outs to end the inning.
End of the sixth, Rangers 7, Red Sox 0: For the first time since the first inning, the Rangers go down quietly. Adrian Beltre picked up his fourth hit of the night, a leadoff single. But Alex Wilson got a double-play ball out of Neslon Cruz, and even though Will Middlebrooks booted an AJ Pierzynski bouncer that would’ve ended the inning, he was able to pop up David Murphy a batter later.
Beltre had been frigid the past five games (2 for 20) and he hadn’t exactly lit the Red Sox up since he left in 2010 (12 of 58), but he’s been hot tonight.
End of the fifth, Rangers 7, Red Sox 0: Ian Kinsler piled on with an RBI double. It was his third hit of the night. The Rangers have 16 all together.
End of the fourth, Rangers 6, Red Sox 0:Eventually all the two-out issues were going to catch up with Felix Doubront.
The fact that it was Adrian Beltre, who did the damage with a bases-loaded double, wasn’t surprising, considering he had a pair of hard hit singles.
After going six-plus innings in each of his last two outings, Doubront’s lasted just 3 2/3, his shortest outing of the season.
End of the third, Rangers 1, Red Sox 0: It’s almost miraculous that Felix Doubront has only given up one run tonight. He’s been tagged for eight hits altogether. The only blessing is that six of them have been with two outs.
Adrian Beltre, who like most of the Rangers hadn’t seen much of Felix Doubront before today, now has two singles in two at-bats against him tonight.
Both, of course, with two outs.
End of the second, Rangers 1, Red Sox 0: Even though he worked himself into trouble giving up two-out hits to Jeff Baker and Mitch Moreland, it looked like Felix Doubront would get out of the inning when he got Craig Gentry to ground one softly to Pedro Ciriaco at short.
But Circiaco, who has had his issues in the field this season, made a low throw over to first that Mike Napoli couldn’t quite dig out.
It went in the books as a single. Gentry got an RBI. The error, in the eyes of the official scorer, allowed Moreland to advance to third.
But the play allowed the Rangers to jump ahead early. In five starts at short this season, Circiaco’s made two errors.
Also, after throwing 47 pitches in the first two innings of his last start against Houston, Felix Doubront threw 41 in the first two innings today. Meanwhile, Derek Holland’s struck out four Sox through the first two innings.
Ellsbury, four pitches, swung at a slider
Victorino, four pitches, swung at a slider
Napoli, six pitches, swung at a changeup
Gomes, five pitches, swung at a slider
End of the first, Red Sox 0, Rangers 0: Elivs Andrews got ahead of himself and ended up paying for it. He made the turn at second on a two-out single by Adrian Beltre, but Shane Victorino made a nice, heads-up throw to second to get him coming back.
More than his bat, John Farrel said one of the biggest things about having Victorino back in the lineup after a seven-game absence was his defense. He showed why there.
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