The Rangers roughed up another Red Sox starter Saturday night and this time the bullpen didn’t let it slip away. The Rangers evened the series with a 10-3 win at Globe Life Park. Reliever Cesar Ramos held the Red Sox scoreless over 2 2/3 innings.
Pitching: A.J. Griffin made his first start since May 7 and left leading 3-2 after 4 1/3 innings and 91 pitches. He was charged with two runs on four hits and a walk. Luke Jackson replaced Griffin in the fifth and induced a 5-4-3 double play to preserve the lead. In the sixth, Jackson walked the first two batters before Jackie Bradley Jr. made it 8-3 with a run-scoring double down the first-base line. Cesar Ramos replaced Jackson with one out and runners on second and third in the sixth. He struck out Travis Shaw and Bryce Brentz to strand the runners. Ramos
Hitting: The Rangers scored three in the fourth and five in the fifth to build an 8-2 lead. Ian Desmond led off the third with a homer and Mitch Moreland’s two-run, bases-loaded single to right made it 3-0. In the fifth, two fielding errors and three hits, including Elvis Andrus’ bases-loaded triple increased the Rangers’ lead. Andrus scored on a wild pitch to make it 8-2. Texas tacked on two more in the seventh. Nomar Mazara and Adrian Beltre started the inning with singles and Prince Fielder walked to load the bases. Mazara scored on Rougned Odor’s sacrifice fly and Beltre scored on Moreland’s fielder’s choice to make it 10-3. Shawn Tolleson pitched a perfect ninth to close it out. Ramos earned the win.
Notable: A sellout crowd of 47,559 was the announced paid attendance, second largest crowd of the season at Globe Life Park. It’s the fourth sellout this season ... Desmond collected his 32nd multi-hit game.