Matt Harrison admitted that fatigue might have set in his past couple of starts as his innings pitched continue to pile up.
And it showed again on Wednesday night. Harrison didn’t catch a second wind, as the Boston Red Sox pounded him en route to a 13-2 victory over the Rangers.
The Red Sox scored four runs in the first inning off Harrison. Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz had back-to-back RBI singles, and Carl Crawford added a two-run double later in the inning.
Pedroia had an RBI hit in the second to give Boston a 5-0 lead, and Marco Scutaro drove in a run in the fourth for a 6-0 lead.
When he left the game, Harrison had allowed seven runs on 11 hits with one walk and four strikeouts over five innings. It matched his season high in hits and runs allowed.
The Red Sox cushioned their lead with two-run homers in the sixth, seventh and eighth. Jacoby Ellsbury went deep off Yoshinori Tateyama in the sixth, while Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez belted shots off Darren O’Day.
Boston starter Josh Beckett, meanwhile, held Texas to one run on four hits over six innings.
Mike Napoli provided the Rangers’ lone run off Beckett, a solo shot in the fourth. Napoli had an RBI single in the eighth, too.
-- Drew Davison