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It did not take long for the Red Sox to jump out to a lead Tuesday night against the Rangers, as the Red Sox found themselves up 8-0 after just two innings. The Red Sox offense proved to be too much for rookie starting pitcher Justin Grimm, as Grimm allowed 8 earned runs in just 1.2 innings of work, and from there it did not get any better for the Rangers, as they continued to fall further and further back in the scoring column. According to ESPN.COM, the Red Sox set season highs in hits with 19 and runs with 17.
With such an offensive explosion, there were many Red Sox players that could be thanked. Some of the most notable take-aways from the game were that Red Sox rookie centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his first career MLB home run and finished with 3 RBIs. Future shortstop and perhaps future face of the Red Sox Jose Iglesias upped his batting average to .431 after finishing 2-5.
Red Sox utility man and fan favorite Daniel Nava finished with three hits. David Ortiz also continued to swing a hot bat, as he finished with three hits.
Red Sox starting pitcher Ryan Dempster lowered his ERA and did a great job of quieting the powerful Rangers bats. Dempster pitched 7 innings, allowing three runs on just five hits with six strikeouts.
Rangers manager Ron Washington said, “We left to many balls in the middle of the plate,” referring to the failure of his pitchers locating their pitches.
For Boston fans, they have to be happy with the production they saw from not just key players such as Ortiz and Dustin Pedroia but also role players, including the likes of Nava, Iglesias and Bradley Jr.
The Red Sox will play the Rangers again Wednesday night when John Lackey squares off against Alexi Ogando, who had been on the DL since May 15.