Martin Perez continued to struggle on the mound as the Rangers fell 8-3 to the Boston Red Sox.
Perez gave up six runs, including a home run to David Ortiz and a four-RBI fourth inninng, before exiting the game after 3 ⅔ innings. For a guy who’s thrown two complete game shutouts this year, it’s apparent that something just wasn’t going right against the Red Sox hitters Perez owned back on April 8.
“It didn’t seem like he could get in rhythm” said Rangers manager Ron Washington. “In the third it looked like he found his rhythm, but then he went back out there and he couldn’t keep his changeup down, and didn’t have a breaking ball he could get them off with.”
After starting the season strong with four consecutive wins, Perez has lost three straight to Oakland, Colorado, and now Boston. Though there is something clearly off with his dynamics, Perez believes that the majority of his issues are mental.
“I think I get mad” said Perez. “And then when I get mad, I lose my mind. You have to focus on pitch-by-pitch and that didn’t happen for me tonight. I can’t do that anymore.”
Two of the Rangers’ runs came in the fourth, as Shin-Soo Choo game in to score off a Prince Fielder sac-fly after leading the inning off with a double. A stand up triple from Alex Rios scored Adrian Beltre for the second run of the inning. In the fifth, a double from Elvis Andrus would give Luis Sardinas a chance to demonstrate his speed rounding the bases, as the Rangers cut the Red Sox lead in half.
Shawn Tolleson and Aaron Poreda were each successful in shutting out the Red Sox, before Justin Germano gave up two more runs in the eighth. Though a comeback ultimately didn’t happen, both Tolleson and Poreda did what they needed to do to keep the Rangers in the game.
“They did a good job” said Washington. “Tolly came in and gave us two good innings, Poreda came in and did what he’s been doing since he’s been here, throwing strikes.”
The winner of the series will be decided tomorrow, as Robbie Ross takes the mound for the Rangers. Game time is slated for 2:05 p.m. CT.