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Nippert Shuts Down Sox, Rangers Sweep Series

Varitek and Pedroia after 3-1 loss to Rangers

For the third straight night, the Sox couldn’t produce anything on offense in a 3-1 loss. Dustin Nippert went 5 2/3 innings giving up only one run and five hits. His counterpart, Clay Buchholz allowed three runs on six hits in four innings.

Nippert got the spot start for Vincente Padilla who, along with the rest of the team, was battling the flu. Manager Ron Washington was hoping to get 70 pitches from Nippert, but Nippert ended up throwing 94 on the night.

The Sox had an early lead in the third when Nick Green broke out of his slump with a solo shot. In the bottom half of the inning, the Rangers responded with an Ian Kinsler solo homer.

During the bottom of the fourth, the Rangers got the two leadoff men on base. With runners at second and third, Taylor Teagarden grounded out to second, which scored Nelson Cruz and moved Dave Murphy to third. Murphy then scored on Elvis Andrus’ squeeze bunt.

With a lack of production at the plate, those three runs were all that was needed for Nippert and the Rangers to hold onto the 3-1 win.

Sox Stud of the Game: Red Sox Bullpen

Manny Delcarmen, Daniel Bard, Hideki Okajima and Jonathan Papelbon combined for four innings pitched, four hits and four strikeouts keeping the damage to a minimum.

Sox Dud of the Game: The Offense

Sox were 0-5 with RISP, left seven men on base, and struck out nine times…can’t do much worse then that.

Game Notes

W: D. Nippert (2-0)
L: C. Buchholz (1-1)
SV. D. Mathis (1)

  • Rangers had six stolen bases, their most since the 2000 season
  • Sox fell two games back of the Yankees in AL East
  • Sox on a season-high five-game losing streak

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3 comments for “Nippert Shuts Down Sox, Rangers Sweep Series”

  1. If the Red Sox ONLY went 6-2 against the Yankees this season…they’d be 6 games back and not 2. Good thing they’re 8-0 so far. Sad…

    Posted by KC | July 23, 2009, 5:23 am
  2. Nippert Shuts Down Sox, Rangers Sweep Series: For the third straight night, the Sox couldn’t produce anything on..

    Posted by Sports of Boston | July 23, 2009, 5:22 am
  3. […] up from AAA much sooner than he expected. Subbing for Wakefield, Buchholz made one start this week on Wednesday against Texas. He pitched four innings giving up three runs on six hits, while walking two and striking out […]

    Posted by Sox Bats Starting to Wake Up? | Sports of Boston | July 27, 2009, 2:00 pm

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