There were no ghosts of games past for the Rangers, as their bats exploded in a 10-7 victory over the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Catcher Robinson Chirinos, appearing in his third game for the Rangers this season, started it all off in the third inning when he launched a solo homerun over the green monster.
“Yah I mean I thank God for the home run” said Chirinos. “I was getting excited for my first hit, and to get my first hit with the home run, it’s unbelievable. We’re working hard to put runs on the board and we’re going to keep working hard to improve our pitching and keep putting runs on the board”
After two outs, the Rangers were able to extend their lead to five when Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre, Donnie Murphy and Chirinos combined for four more RBI’s. After struggling with a .143 average, Fielder hit a double that scored Choo, landed himself on third, and started the two-out rally. Beltre would go on to hit a single scoring Fielder. A single from Alex Rios advanced Beltre to second and was followed by a RBI double from Murphy to score Beltre. Michael Choice was then walked to load the bases, and Chirinos came back up to bat and was walked to bring Rios home.
The Rangers were able to extend their lead further in the fourth as Fielder, Beltre and Murphy were each able to earn another RBI. Their bats eventually fizzled out, with the exception of an RBI sacrifice fly from Choice in the ninth, but the 10 runs they scored were enough to hold off the Red Sox and give Texas its first win of the series.
There were many positives for Martin Perez in his second start of the season. The 101 pitches he threw were the most by a Rangers starter this year. Though he gave up eight hits, he was able to get five double-plays, with the help of the defense, and was only one away from tying Matt Harrison’s Rangers and MLB record of six, which he accomplished against the Yankees in 2011.
"A double play is a pitchers best friend and he was able to use it tonight. I don't think if you talked to Martin he'd want them to do that all the time," manager Ron Washington said. "They got on the base but he was able to eliminate them and that's what you have to do. He really threw well tonight against that team."
Perez was far from perfect in his start however, as all seven leadoff hitters he faced were able to reach base. But the Rangers have won both games in which he started, so for now at least, he is doing enough. Four of the seven Red Sox runs earned went against Perez, as Jason Frasor allowed two inherited runners to score. Neal Cotts prevented any more runs from crossing the plate in the eighth.
Joakim Soria came in to close the ninth, and it looked as if the Red Sox were going to try and rally, after three singles from A.J Pierzynski, Jackie Bradley Jr. and Jonny Gomes, and a RBI double from David Ortiz. However, Soria was able to strike out three and limit the Red Sox to three last-minute runs that weren’t enough to get them back in the game.
One important thing to note is that the Rangers committed no errors Tuesday. After coming into the game with an MLB high 10 errors on the season, the defense looked great and was mistake free.
The Rangers will look to win the series tomorrow afternoon, but may have to do so without Captrain Adrian Beltre who left the game in the sixth with tightness in his left quad. Washington said after the game, "We're gonna send him back and get him checked and we'll let you know from there."
Tomorrow’s game is slated to begin at 3:05 p.m. CT.