Jun 25, 2016 12:19 AM
Red Sox rally with 4 runs in 9th for 8-7 win over Rangers
The Associated Press
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer in the ninth inning and Dustin Pedroia scored the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch as the Boston Red Sox rallied for an 8-7 win over the Texas Rangers on Friday night.
Betts' 15th homer came with two outs off Matt Bush (2-1), who had just taken over after pinch-hitter Sandy Leon hit an RBI double on the 11th pitch of his at-bat against Jake Diekman. Pedroia then walked, went to third on Xander Bogaerts' single and came home on the wild pitch.
Heath Hembree (4-0) worked a scoreless eighth before Koji Uehara struck out the side in the ninth for his second save.
The Red Sox trailed 6-0 early after starter David Price allowed 12 hits in only 2 1/3 innings.
Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley both hit two-run homers off Texas starter Nick Martinez, who went six innings before Tony Barnette threw two scoreless innings.
After a day off Thursday, the Rangers went with Diekman in the ninth instead of closer Sam Dyson. Diekman had allowed a three-run homer Wednesday against Cincinnati, snapping his scoreless streak of 14 2/3 innings before Dyson pitched the ninth for his 15th save and 13th in a row since becoming the Texas closer May 18.
Diekman got two outs against the Red Sox after a leadoff walk to Bradley. The big lefty was gone after the long at-bat by Leon before Betts hit a 1-1 pitch from the hard-throwing Bush.
Shin-Soo Choo hit a leadoff homer against Price, and the first four Texas batters reached, including a two-run single on the first of Elvis Andrus' three hits.
Ian Desmond also had three hits for Texas, including an RBI single in the second after Bobby Wilson snapped an 0-for-15 slump with a double. An inning later, Wilson had a two-run single to chase Price with the Rangers up 6-0.
Price's ERA in seven regular season starts at Texas is now 7.68 by far his worst at any opposing stadium.
He had gone at least eight innings in his previous three starts, and had a 2.47 ERA over his last eight starts for the Red Sox. The left-hander has given up more hits only once in his 234 career games, when the Kansas City Royals had 13 hits in 6 1/3 innings while he pitched for Detroit last season.
Prince Fielder hit his sixth homer for Texas, a solo shot in the fourth off reliever Matt Barnes.
Red Sox: OF Chris Young was sore after being put on the 15-day disabled list with a right hamstring strain sustained Thursday, but manager John Farrell said Young's "range of motion is not too bad at this point." ... OF Brock Holt, who has missed 32 games since a concussion, could rejoin the team as early as next week if his rehab games with Triple-A Pawtucket go well this weekend.
Rangers: C Robinson Chirinos got an extra day off because of his sore right wrist, which is still bothering him after getting hit by a pitch. He played in both games against Cincinnati on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Red Sox: Right-hander Steven Wright (8-4), the AL leader with a 2.01 ERA, is 3-0 in four starts in June. The knuckleballer's only no-decision in that span was Monday, when he allowed one unearned run in nine innings before Boston lost 3-1 in 10 innings to the Chicago White Sox.
Rangers: A.J. Griffin was 3-0 with a 2.94 ERA his first six starts before going on the disabled list May 8 with right shoulder stiffness. The Rangers will activate him from the DL to face the Red Sox for the first time since 2013.