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Blame it on the bullpen. Or blame the injuries. Or even blame the rain delay. Wherever you point the finger after tonight’s 8-4loss to the Rangers, make sure it ultimately lands on Bengie Molina. He is killing the Sox.
Coming off a 7-2 thumping at the hands of the Rangers Thursday night, the Red Sox looked to exact some revenge on their opponents from the Lone Star State. Early on, it seemed possible. After a giving up two runs in the first inning, Felix Doubront settled into his groove. J.D. Drew took it upon himself to even things back up, driving in a run and scoring on a wild pitch. Doubront matched his counterpart, Colby Lewis, and headed into the fourth inning still tied at two. There was a chance. The wheels were in motion.
And then the rains came. After a one-hour rain delay, Adrian Beltre homered (14) to pull the Sox ahead. They looked poised to build on their lead, but not for long.
Doubront got himself into trouble with a throwing error and was subsequently taken out, though still clinging to a one run lead. Maybe the team could have stretched Doubront another inning or two had rain held off. Who knows? Nevertheless, Fernando Cabrera came in and his performance typified the bullpen woes of the injury-riddled Sox. He walked Nelson Cruz and David Murphy to load the bases. Next up was Rangers’ catcher Bengie Molina, who blasted a grand slam to dead centerfield, blowing the game wide-open. Though the raid had stopped, the bullpen left the floodgates wide open.
The story of the night has to be Bengie Molina’s cycle. With a single, a double, and a homer in the scorebook, Molina drove a Ramon Ramierez pitch deep to the track in centerfield in the eighth inning. Eric Patterson did his best Willie Mays impression but instead knocked the ball towards the bullpen. Huffing and puffing into third base, Molina beat an errant throw to become the first catcher in history to hit a grand slam en route to a cycle. He left the game with a leg injury, but likely needed to find an oxygen tank.
J.D. Drew went 1 for 3 with 2 RBI and a run scored and Adrian Beltre hit his 14th home run of the year and improves his average to .332
Fernando Cabrera allowed 2 walks, 2 hits, 3 earned runs, and a homerun in 1.1 innings
W: Lewis (9-5)
L: Doubront (1-2)