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The difference in Monday night’s game (a 6-3 loss to the Rangers) was that the Red Sox hit two “near miss” home runs that turned into doubles, while the Texas Rangers hit three of the real thing…in one inning…off future Hall of Famer John Smoltz, no less.
It must be something in the water down there in Arlington, Texas. Seems like the Rangers always have power hitters: Jose Canseco, Juan Gonzalez, Ivan Rodriguez, Rafael Palmeiro, and Alex Rodriguez, for example. Hey! Don’t all of those guys have something in common? Wait, don’t tell me . . .
Anyway, as Tom Watson showed us all on Sunday at the British Open, sports is a young man’s game. John Smoltz isn’t a young man anymore, and although he pitched well for five innings, it was like watching a man on a tightrope: one false move and SPLAT!
Splat! came in a five-run sixth inning in which Michael Young, David Murphy, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia each hit towering blasts.
Meanwhile, the Sox managed eight hits, one walk and only three runs against Kevin Millwood and a resurgent Rangers bullpen.
Smoltz dropped to 1-3 in five starts . . . Jacoby Ellsbury stole his 41st base of the season . . . former Sox farmhand David Murhpy hit his 8th homer of the season . . . Boston has dropped three straight games, and is now tied for first place with the Yankees.