The Boston Red Sox routed the Texas Rangers 17-5 today in the opening game of a three-game set between the teams with the two best records in the American League.
The Sox set season highs for hits and runs, scoring at least one run in each of the first seven innings.
”It’s just baseball. It happens. Over 162 games, you’re going to have opportunities to score a lot of runs and tonight we didn’t stop,” said Mike Carp, who had three hits and three RBIs, including one of Boston’s four home runs. ”We kept it going all night.”
The Red Sox collected 19 hits, and had six different players with at least two hits each.
It was more than enough support for Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster (3-6) to get his first win in a month.
”I like my chances when we get 17 runs,” quipped Dempster. ”It was just fun to watch the guys swing the bat as well as they did today.
David Ortiz had a double and a triple with three RBIs for Boston, and Stephen Drew collected four hits and two RBIs. Rookie Jackie Bradley, Jr. hit his first major league home run.
Texas used a total of six pitchers and none stopped the Red Sox from scoring until outfielder David Murphy made his first career pitching appearance in the 8th inning with the score already 17-5.
”There was too many pitches in the middle of the plate and the Red Sox didn’t miss,” noted Rangers manager Ron Washington. ”They came out tonight swinging the bats and they didn’t stop it until we put Murphy out there.”
The game was in stark contrast to the only other series meeting between the two teams this year, a three-game sweep by the Rangers a month ago in Texas when they outscored Boston by a combined total of 16-4 in the three games.
The first-place Red Sox held on to their 2.5 game lead over the Yankees and Orioles in the A.L East, while the Rangers still hold a 1.5 game lead over the Athletics in the West. (Image/AP)