Phil Klein allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in his first big-league start, and four relievers managed to shut down the Boston offense as the Texas Rangers escaped Fenway Park with a 2-1 victory.
Elvis Andrus had a second-inning sacrifice fly and Robinson Chirinos started the third with a home run to provided the Rangers with their runs. The Rangers also missed prime scoring chances in the seventh and eighth, but neither bit them.
Shawn Tolleson worked around a one-out double in the ninth inning for his first career save. The Red Sox had a runner in scoring position in three of the final four innings but couldn’t tie the score or move ahead.
Pitching: There should be no arguments about the work of Phil Klein in his first big-league start. The right-hander allowed one run in 5 1/3 innings, throwing 81 pitches after topping out at 84 in two starts at Triple A Round Rock. … The only run allowed by Klein was on a homer by Xander Bogaerts. … Klein got an assist in the sixth from Alex Claudio and Tanner Scheppers, who stranded two Klein runners and got out of a bases-loaded jam with one out. ... Ross Ohlendorf worked a scoreless eighth, pitching around a one-out single, and Shawn Tolleson pitched around a one-out double for his first career save.
Hitting: The Rangers had some success against Joe Kelly, who had only one perfect inning in the seven he threw, but got runs only on a sacrifice fly by Elvis Andrus in the second and a homer by Robinson Chirinos to start the third. … Their biggest misses came in the seventh and eighth innings. In the seventh, Leonys Martin doubled with one out and went to third on an error, but Chirinos and Tommy Field, though, struck out. … In the eighth, Delino DeShields and Adam Rosales were at second and third with one out, but Adrian Beltre and Mitch Moreland struck out. … Prince Fielder had one of the eight Rangers hits, extending his hitting streak to nine games.
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