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Red Sox rally in ninth to shock Rangers

Jeff Banister explains why Sam Dyson rested Friday

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said the he decided to give Sam Dyson another night off to help keep the closer healthy for the rest of the season (video by Jeff Wilson).
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Rangers manager Jeff Banister said the he decided to give Sam Dyson another night off to help keep the closer healthy for the rest of the season (video by Jeff Wilson).

Jake Diekman and Matt Bush allowed four runs with two outs in the ninth inning, including the go-ahead run on a wild pitch, and the Boston Red Sox stunned a sold-out crowd Friday night with an 8-7 victory.

The Rangers led 6-0 after Shin-Soo Choo opened with a home run and Elvis Andrus had two of the 12 hits against David Price in 2  1/3 innings.

Nick Martinez allowed four runs in six innings to pick up the win. Both runs came on two-run homers by Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr.

But Jake Diekman and Matt Bush couldn’t close it out in the ninth, with Mookie Betts hitting a two-run two-out homer off Bush after Sandy Leon capped an 11-pitch at-bat against Diekman with an RBI double.

Bush walked Dustin Pedroia, who went to third on a single by Xander Bogaerts. Pedroia raced home as Bush uncorked a wild pitch with David Ortiz batting.   

Hitting: The Rangers continued to have their way with David Price, sending the former Cy Young winner to 3-5 with a 5.78 ERA in his career against them. ... He lasted only 2  1/3 innings, and the first of the 12 hits he surrendered was a leadoff homer by Shin-Soo Choo. ... The Rangers collected four more singles in the first, including a two-run single by Elvis Andrus with two outs for a 3-0 lead. ... Ian Desmond had a an RBI single in the second, and Bobby Wilson’s two-run single in the third was all for Price. ... Andrus improved to 19 for 42 (.452) in his career vs. Price. ... Prince Fielder went deep in the fifth after Boston had scored two. ... The Rangers managed only two hits after that, singles by Andrus and Desmond that marked their third hits of the game. 

Matt Bush issued the first homer of his career in the ninth inning and later took his first career loss Friday as the Red Sox rallied past the Rangers (video by Jeff Wilson).

Pitching: Nick Martinez opened with three scoreless innings in his second start of the season and was rewarded with a 6-0 lead. ... But he issued a two-run homer to Hanley Ramirez in the fourth, and Jackie Bradley Jr. got him for a two-run shot in the sixth to make it 7-4. ... Martinez was done after six innings and 91 pitches, allowing six hits and three walks with a hit batsman and two strikeouts. ... Tony Barnette struck out two in a 1-2-3 seventh inning and then got Xander Bogaerts, David Ortiz and Ramirez in a perfect eighth. ... Jake Diekman couldn’t put away Sandy Leon for the game’s final out, allowing an RBI double on the 11th pitch of the at-bat, and Mookie Betts followed with a two-run homer off Matt Bush to tie it. ... Dustin Pedroia then walked, went to third on a Bogaerts single and scored on a wild pitch on a 1-2 fastball to Ortiz.

Shortstop Elvis Andrus said that the Rangers will have no problem forgetting about the 8-7 loss Friday in which the bullpen blew a three-run lead with two outs in the ninth (video by Jeff Wilson).

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said the he decided to give Sam Dyson another night off to help keep the closer healthy for the rest of the season (video by Jeff Wilson).

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