A.J. Pierzynski recorded two RBIs while Mike Napoli and Shane
Victorino also drove in runs for the Red Sox, who won for the sixth
time in their last eight games. Lackey (5-2) allowed two runs and
seven hits en route to winning his third straight decision while
Koji Uehara struck out two in a perfect ninth to earn his ninth save
in nine chances.
Shin-Soo Choo homered and Mitch Moreland drove in a run as the
Rangers lost for the fifth time in their last seven contests and
seven of nine at home. Robbie Ross (1-4) fell to 0-4 with a 7.76 ERA
in his last five starts after allowing five runs and six hits in 6
The Red Sox scored three in the first when Pedroia led off with a
double and after David Ortiz was intentionally walked, Napoli
delivered an RBI double and Pierzynski produced a two-out two-run
single. Jackie Bradley Jr. doubled to lead off the second and scored
on a fielder's choice grounder by Victorino.
Choo hit a 1-0 pitch out to left-center leading off the fourth
before Pedroia chased Ross with a solo shot to left-center on a 3-2
offering in the seventh. Moreland's double closed the gap to 5-2 in
the seventh before Lackey struck out Leonys Martin and Rougned Odor
with runners on first and second and one out to end the threat.
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GAME NOTEBOOK: Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks, who was hit by a pitch
on the right hand Saturday, was scratched from the starting lineup
after batting practice for precautionary reasons. ... Napoli has
reached base in 31 straight games, the longest active streak in the
majors after the streak of Toronto's Jose Bautista ended at 37 on
Sunday. ... The Red Sox (19-18), who improved to 10-4 against
left-handers and moved above .500 for the first time since April 3,
won the season series against the Rangers (4-2) for the first time
since 2008 and prevailed in only their second series in Texas (2-6)
since the start of 2009.
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