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Unfortunately, the Red Sox returned to their losing ways in Saturday’s night game with the Rangers, losing 7-2. The Sox offense was provided by Jason Bay in the 4th and Victor Martinez in the 5th, with each of them supplying solo home runs. Meanwhile, Texas scored through a methodical hit and run approach including hot bats and a whopping eight stolen bases on the night.
Brad Penny pitched 5.2 innings, giving up four runs on eight hits. His counterpart, Derek Holland, pitched 6.2 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits. This would be the difference in the game, as the Rangers would tack on one run against Ramon Ramirez and two against Fernando Cabrera, though the game was clearly decided by the starters.
The Red Sox are now a half game ahead of Texas for the Wild Card and 7.5 games behind the Yankees for the AL East. The Yankees beat the Mariners 5-2 Saturday night to extend their division lead.
These two provided the only good Red Sox offense of the night with solo home runs. Other periodic base runners for the Sox were all squandered.
The Rangers stole a team record eight stolen bases tonight, six of them against Penny. They were not caught once, which led directly led to many of the Rangers’ runs. Penny has a slow delivery and Varitek’s arm isn’t what it used to be, which is not a good combination.
“We needed a shortstop who could make the routine plays at short and not be a defensive liability.” – nick040708, on mlb.com about the Red Sox need for a quality shortstop.
W: Derek Holland (6-7)
L: Brad Penny (7-7)
S: Neftali Feliz (1)