Barnes Blows Save; Braiser Gets Loss
Texas Rangers 4, Boston Red Sox 3
By TERRY LYONS at Fenway Park
BOSTON – After Boston Red Sox starter Chris Sale went 7.0 innings and reliever Brandon Workman pitched a perfect 8th inning to protect Boston’s 2-1 lead, the ball was passed to Boston’s Matt Barnes to close the door on the Texas Rangers.
Well, the Barnes-door blew open, and the Rangers ran through it by scoring two runs in the top of the 9th as left-fielder Danny Santana singled and hot-hitting shortstop Elvis Andrus followed with a double, setting the table for right-fielder Nomar Mazara’s two run single to put the Rangers up, 3-2. heading into the bottom of the 9th inning.
The blow save brigade didn’t stop there, though, as Texas starter Mike Minor‘s potential ‘W’ went up in smoke when DH J.D. Martinez singled in the bottom of the 9th, shortstop Xander Bogaerts moved him over to 2nd base with a single and pinch-hitting utility man Brock Holt ripped a single to left to tie the game and send it into extra innings.
The two blown saves aside, an exciting same emerged at Fenway hours after Boston opened the scoring when left-fielder Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run homer (scoring lead-off man Mookie Betts) in the top of the 1st. It was shaping up for a high-scoring affair.
That score-fest never materialized, however, as both starters settled in nicely. ion a cool, breezy 72-degree night at Fenway Park.
Sale pitched 7.0 innings, allowed three hits, one run (unearned) while walking one. He struck out 10 Texas batters while throwing 99 pitches (67 strikes). Meanwhile, after allowing the two-run HR, Minor pitched effectively, going 8.0 full innings, while allowing four hits, the two earned runs on the Benintendi HR, walking two and striking-out six Sox. Minor threw 109 pitches (67 strikes) in the no decision.
Texas scored the game-winning run in the top of the 11th when Santana answered ‘very well’ to the question ‘oy como va” and the Rangers went ‘bueno pa’ gozar” after Santana doubled and Andrus knocked him home for the go-ahead run.
That was enough.
Texas’ Jesse Chavis (2-1) recorded the win while Braiser (2-3) took the loss. Chris Martin was credited with the save, his second of the season.
The Red Sox have now lost four of their last five games after recording a four-game win streak prior to that (KC). The Sox are 2-21 when they score three runs or fewer. Tonight marked the 10th time in Sale’s 14 starts that the Red Sox scored two runs of support or fewer for their ace. Sale has eight starts with 10-or-more strike-outs.
The Texas Rangers are 5-2 in their last seven games, 10-4 over the last 14.