Mitch Moreland went 3-for-4 with a homer and two RBIs on Thursday, and Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings as the Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 3-1 at Fenway Park.
The Rangers won their first rubber game of the season and only their second series to climb to 18-23.
Moreland drove in a run in the first inning on a fielder’s choice, and another run scored on a error on the play. He homered with one out in the fifth and collected singles in the seventh and ninth.
Shawn Tolleson pitched around a leadoff double by David Ortiz in the ninth for his second career save and second in as many nights.
Pitching: Wandy Rodriguez allowed one run on four hits in 6 2/3 strong innings. … He retired the first six Boston hitters, faced the minimum through three inning, and was removed only after his 113th and final pitch floated out of the strike zone on a 3-2 count. … Rodriguez helped himself in the fourth, fielding a tapper in front the mound and shoveling the ball to catcher Carlos Corporan to get Dustin Pedroia at home. … Rodriguez caught a break in the fifth when a Daniel Nava grounder hit Xander Bogaerts on a hit-and-run. Rather than runners at first and third with one out, Bogaerts was the second out and Nava at first was the only runner. … Keone Kela got the last out in the seventh and worked a dominant eighth inning before Shawn Tolleson picked up a save for the second straight game.
Hitting: The Rangers started fast with Shin-Soo Choo leading off with a single and Delino DeShields following with a bunt hit. … Both scored three batters later as Mitch Moreland bounced into a fielder’s choice and Bogaerts dropped the ball as he tried to throw to first for a double play. … Moreland homered in his next at-bat, a solo shot to left-center over the Green Monster. … He added a single in the seventh and ninth, giving him three of the Rangers’ seven hits. … DeShields drew two walks, giving him 13 this season. That’s tied for second on the team. … Prince Fielder saw his hitting streak end at nine games.
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