Mike Napoli and David Ortiz hit solo homers off Yovani Gallardo on Tuesday night, and Wade Miley took a shutout in the sixth inning as the Boston Red Sox opened a three-game series at Fenway Park with a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers.
Gallardo allowed four runs on 10 hits in only five innings, throwing 102 pitches. He needed 32 pitches to get out of the first inning, while Miley used 106 pitches in seven innings.
The Rangers closed to 4-2 in the sixth as Tommy Field’s plated Kyle Blanks with a two-out single and scored as Robinson Chirinos followed with the first triple of his career.
Leonys Martin started the ninth with a pinch-hit homer off Koji Uehara and Shin-Soo Choo reached on a two-out infield single, but Andrus flied out to end it.
Pitching: Yovani Gallardo made through only five innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits and watching his pitch count balloon to 102. Thirty-two of those came in the first, when Boston had four straight hits but scored only one run. ... Boston scored twice in the fifth, including a run after replay umpires upheld a safe call at second base on a Hanley Ramirez double. He scored with two outs as Elvis Andrus couldn’t complete the play on a slow roller by Mike Napoli, who had homered in the fourth. … Neftali Feliz got the final out of the seventh, keeping the Rangers within reach at 4-2.
Hitting: The Rangers didn’t solve Wade Miley until the seventh inning, when Kyle Blanks collected a one-out double and scored on Tommy Field’s two-out single. Field scored on the first career triple by Robinson Chirinos. … Prince Fielder had hits in his first two at-bats, giving him a league-high 54 and an eight-game hitting streak. ... Leonys Martin had a pinch-hit homer in the ninth to make it a one-run game and Shin-Soo Choo singled with two outs, but Andrus flied out.
Jeff Wilson, 817-390-7760