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The last time the Red Sox visited the Ballpark at Arlington things did not go well. If there were remaining doubts about the Red Sox ability to play at the same level as the Texas Rangers, those have been silenced the last three days. With Andrew Miller on the mound against the surprisingly effective Alexi Ogando, the Red Sox looked to take three games out of the four game match.
The offensive confusion from April failed to rear its head. Only Jacoby Ellsbury and Dustin Pedroia went hitless. Adrian Gonzalez chipped in with his second multi-homer game of the series and with David Ortiz and former Ranger Jarrod Saltalamacchia cranking home runs of their own, the offense fired on all cylinders. After just four innings Ogando was out of the game and the Red Sox had tallied six runs.
For the Rangers, Scott Feldman and trade-deadline acquisition Mike Adams came in to pitch five innings of scoreless relief, but the damage was done. Both Alfredo Aceves and Dan Wheeler contributed scoreless frames of their own for Boston, shoring up a bullpen that still has question marks late in the season.
Andrew Miller’s performance in the majors has been a mixed bag; some good starts, some mediocre and a few where the former top prospect simply looked like he belonged in the minors. Tonight was not one of them as the lefty tossed 6.1 scoreless innings and recorded six strikeouts to just two walks.
Sox Dud of the Game: Jacoby Ellsbury
After a great game the night before Ellsbury just didn’t have it against Ogando.
W: Miller (6-1)
L: Ogando (12-6)