The Boston Red Sox opened up a six game home stand Tuesday night with the first game of a three game series against the scorching hot Texas Rangers, who had only lost 1 game in their previous 12, and beat them by the score of 11-6.
Rick Porcello continued his uneven start to the season, but improved his record to 3-5, allowing 5 runs (4 earned) in 6.2 innings, giving up 11 hits in the process.
Shortstop Xander Bogaerts led the Red Sox offense with 3 hits and 3 RBI.
“That’s the kind of offense we have. The weather’s heating up and a lot of guys are putting good swings on the ball,” Bogaerts said. “It was a good win today. A lot of guys contributed.”
Rangers starting pitcher, Andrew Cashner, who had been rolling to start the season, gave up 5 earned runs in 5 innings pitched, walking 4 men in the process.
“I thought the walks in certain spots definitely hurt me. I think it could have been a different game had some things gone differently,” Cashner said
It was a good win for a team that needs to find its’ stride, as they stand 3.5 games behind the rival New York Yankees for the AL East crown. The Red Sox improved to 23-21 on the season.
After the day off Monday for the Red Sox, manager John Farrell had called for a team meeting to ensure the players in the clubhouse that this season is young, and they are not in trouble, especially if they can play like they did yesterday offensively.
“It was also to re-emphasize the things that are going well here and not just to pick out all that is wrong here,” Farrell said. “There are a number of things going right and a number of those things were on display here tonight.”
Rangers designated hitter, Shin-Soo Choo, led the Rangers offense with 2 hits and 2 RBI, but the pitching ultimately doomed the Rangers, allowing a total of 12 hits.
The Red Sox will host the Rangers for the second game of the series Wednesday night at 7:10 PM. The Red Sox will send out Chris Sale (4-2, 2.19), while the Rangers counter with Martin Perez (2-5, 3.71).