Rapid Reaction: Rangers 4, Red Sox 3
May, 5, 2013
By Todd Wills | ESPNDallas.com
ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Texas Rangers produced a two-out rally in the ninth inning to beat the Boston Red Sox 4-3 and sweep a three-game weekend series, leaving both teams with identical 20-11 records.
How they did it: Shortstop Elvis Andrus started a two-out rally against Red Sox reliever Clayton Mortensen with a single to center field. Andrus moved up on a wild pitch, and after Mortensen fell behind Lance Berkman, Red Sox manager John Farrell elected to use the strange move of intentionally walking Berkman to get to Adrian Beltre. He's been struggling with runners in scoring position, but the usually clutch Beltre lined a single into right field for the walk-off hit.
Cruz hurts Sox again: Nelson Cruz made life miserable for Jon Lester yet again, hitting his second career home run off the Red Sox left-hander to tie the game in the sixth inning. Cruz is now 10-for-19 off Lester with two home runs and four RBIs.
Darvish survives first inning: It's established -- if you want to get to Yu Darvish, you better to do it in the first inning. Darvish allowed two more runs in the first on David Ortiz's towering shot down the right-field line to fall behind 2-0. He allowed another homer to Red Sox catcher David Ross in the second inning. Darvish has allowed nine of his 13 runs in the first inning.
Darvish racks up more Ks: Darvish had yet another double-digit strikeout game with 14 in seven innings. It's his 12th career game with 10 or more strikeouts, the third-most in Rangers history. That mark is the best in the majors since the start of the 2012 season. Darvish has made 36 career starts, so he's hit double figures in one-third of his outings. The 14 Ks tied his career-high, set April 2 against the Houston Astros in his near-perfect game.
Moreland hammers lefties: Moreland made it five straight games with hits against left-handed starters on his opposite-field home run off Lester. Moreland entered Sunday 10th among left-handed hitters with a .273 batting average against lefties.
Frasor stops Napoli: Reliever Jason Frasor pitched in the tightest spot he's been in this season, with the go-ahead run at second base and two outs in the top of the eighth and major league RBI leader Mike Napoli at the plate. Frasor went to work, getting ahead of Napoli and then inducing him to ground into a fielder's choice. Frasor has been good against Napoli in his career, leaving him hitless in five at-bats.
Up next: The Rangers have a makeup in Chicago against the Cubs at Wrigley Field for the April 17 rainout. It begins a four-city, 10-day, nine-game trip to Chicago, Milwaukee, Houston and Oakland. Rookie right-hander Nick Tepesch (2-2, 3.54 ERA) will face ex-Ranger right-hander Scott Feldman (2-3, 3.34) at 7:05 p.m. CT on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN-FM 103.3. The pitching matchups are also set for Milwuakee with RHP Justin Grimm (2-1, 2.28) vs. RHP Wily Peralta (2-2, 6.00) and LHP Derek Holland (2-2, 2.74) vs. RHP Kyle Lohse (1-3, 3.16).