The Rangers jumped on the Red Sox’s starter early for the third consecutive game and held on to take the series with a 6-2 win Sunday at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Martin Perez held the Red Sox scoreless through 5 2/3 before Bryce Brentz homered in the sixth. It’s his first-career homer. Perez allowed a run on six hits and two walks with two strikeouts over six innings. Matt Bush pitched a perfect seventh. He allowed a walk and single to start the eighth and was replaced by left-hander Jake Diekman when pinch-hitter David Ortiz hit for Brentz. Diekman surrendered a run-scoring single to Ortiz but forced Travis Shaw to fly out to end the threat. Shawn Tolleson pitched a scoreless ninth for the second consecutive day.
Hitting: The Rangers scored three runs in the first against Clay Buchholz. The first six batters reached, including four straight singles to start the game. Runs scored on singles by Nomar Mazara, Adrian Beltre and Rougned Odor. Bucholz held Texas hitless between the second and fourth innings. Shin-Soo Choo’s single to start the fifth was erased when Ian Desmond struck out and Choo was thrown out trying to steal second. Prince Fielder’s two-run homer in the sixth made it 5-1. It was set up by Beltre beating out an errant throw to first by shortstop Xander Bogaerts. If Beltre hadn’t been hustling down the line, first baseman Hanley Ramirez likely had time to make the catch and keep his foot on the bag. In the seventh, Choo doubled, moved to third on a passed ball and scored on Beltre’s single to left to make it 6-1.
Notable: Choo, who had a season-high three hits, recorded his fourth multi-hit game, all since coming off the disabled list on June 13 ... 36,312 was the paid attendance ... David Ortiz, who pinch-hit for Brentz in the eighth received a nice ovation for his last at-bat at Globe Life Park. Ortiz singled in a run ... Fielder extended his hit streak to eight games, the longest of the season.