Shin-Soo Choo homered on the first pitch of the game and Robinson Chirinos’ three-run homer in the ninth provided a five-run lead as the Rangers evened their series with a 7-2 win against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Pitching: A.J. Griffin lasted only four innings. He left with the game tied 2-2 after throwing 96 pitches. He allowed seven hits and three walks. He walked three consecutive batters in the fourth after two hits to start the inning to push the tying run across. Cesar Ramos, Shawn Tolleson, Jake Diekman and Matt Bush combined to pitch four scoreless innings.
Hitting: The Rangers scored twice in the first against David Price. Shin-Soo Choo homered on the first pitch, a 420-foot shot to deep center field. Ian Desmond singled and later scored on a sacrifice fly to right from Elvis Andrus. The Rangers added a run in the sixth on Rougned Odor’s run-scoring double. Price regrouped to hold Texas to three runs on eight hits and a walk over eight innings. In the ninth, Texas scored four more, including three on a home run by Robinson Chirinos against Craig Kimbrel.
Notable: Shin-Soo Choo has four lead-off homers this season and three on the current road trip ... Price recorded his 1,500th career strikeout when he got Desmond swinging in the fifth inning ... Texas has homered in 16 consecutive games and 25 of its past 26. Choo left the game in the fifth inning with lower back stiffness ... he reported feeling tightness on his first-inning homer ... Rangers starters have gone less than six innings in the past four games and in 12 of the past 17 games.