Josh Hamilton is officially back. The Rangers left fielder homered twice as Texas evened its series with the Boston Red Sox with a 7-4 win Friday night at Globe Life Park.
Pitching: Starter Yovani Gallardo held Boston to two runs (one earned) on four hits in six innings. The two runs he allowed in the fourth were, in large part, because of his throwing error on a potential 1-6-3 double play. His throw short-hopped Hanser Alberto who couldn’t field it cleanly. The Red Sox scored on a sacrifice fly and and a Blake Swihart single. Jon Edwards walked the leadoff batter in the seventh but a Adam Rosales blocked a hard grounder, stepped on second and threw to first for the double play. Edwards struck out Dustin Pedroia looking to end the inning. Ross Ohlendord surrendered a two-run homer to Hanley Ramirez in the eighth to cut the Rangers’ lead to 5-4. Shawn Tolleson pitched the ninth to earn his sixth save.
Hitting: Josh Hamilton homered twice, both solo shots in the second and fourth innings. The rest of the Rangers lineup struggled against Red Sox knuckleballer Stephen Wright, who went 5 2/3 innings. In the third, Adam Rosales led off with a double and moved to third on Hanser Alberto’s sacrifice bunt. Rosales scored on a wild pitch to make it 2-0. After Boston tied it with two in the top of the fourth, Hamilton responded with his second homer for a 3-2 lead. The Rangers scored twice in the seventh to make it 5-2. Mitch Moreland was picked off second after a double but Robinson Chirinos singled and scored on Hanser Alberto’s triple to the left-center gap. Alberto scored on Leonys Martin’s single up the middle.
Notable: It’s Hamilton’s ninth career multi-homer game and first since ...Alberto’s triple was his first-career major league hit. He made his major league debut in Friday’s game ... The attendance of 38,176 is the second-largest crowd at Globe Life Park this season, second only to the homer opener ... Red Sox first baseman Mike Napoli and manager John Farrell were ejected by homeplate umpire Todd Tichenor for arguing a called third strike in the eighth.