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The Red Sox fell out of their groove, getting shut out by the Texas Rangers on Friday night by the score of 7-0.
Red Sox starter Felix Doubront had a horrible outing, going 3.2 innings while giving up 12 hits, 6 runs, and only striking out 2. Rangers starter Derek Holland silenced the Red Sox bats, going 8 innings and striking out 9 batters, with former Sox pitcher Derek Lowe finishing the job in the 9th.
It can be acknowledged that the Sox will not win every game. But Friday’s game was critical for Doubront. Doubront is known to being an on-and-off pitcher as the Sox 4th starter. But what Doubront has to prove is that he can win against competitive teams. Doubront has had wins against the Indians, Astros and Athletics so far. If he can win against the Rangers, Tigers, Yankees, etc., I would feel comfortable with him on the mound. Doubront is a young pitcher but to be considered a reliable pitcher, he has to beat the competitive teams.
John Lackey takes the mound on Saturday as the Sox try to rebound after a crushing loss.