Offense Goes Off on Tear with Texas-Sized Win

May 14

Glen Otto pitches for the Rangers against Hill, who returns from the COVID list. With two out in the top of the first inning, Martinez gets the scoring started early with a blast to left to make it 1-0 Boston. This is his fourth of the year. That also extends his hitting streak to 15 games. A runner is at second with nobody out in the bottom of the inning after an error and a stolen base. White steals third with one out and scores on Seager’s single to tie it at 1-1.

The first two batters reach in the top of the second before Dalbec singles to left to score Cordero and put the Red Sox back in front at 2-1. A sacrifice bunt moves the men into scoring position, and when Vázquez scores on Hernández’s sacrifice fly, it’s 3-1. Devers hammers a home run off the left-field foul pole, his sixth of the year, and it’s 5-1. Dalbec leads off the top of the fourth with a double to left and moves to Jackie Bradley Junior’s single to right before scoring when the Rangers cannot convert a double play, making it 6-1. A walk puts two on with two out, but a pop out ends the inning. With one out in the bottom of the inning, Heim doubles to the alley in center but is stranded. In the top of the fifth, a runner is at second with nobody out after Story’s stolen base with the Sox. He quickly scores on a single to right by Cordero as the Sox turn it into a rout for the second straight night at 7-1. At this point, Otto finally leaves, but I wonder why Texas didn’t pull him sooner, because he just didn’t have it. That was apparent from the very beginning. After just three pitches, though, Cordero scores on a double to right-center by Vázquez. It’s 8-1. With two out, Vázquez scores on the Hernández’s double to the left-field corner as the Sox keep pounding away and extend the lead to 9-1. Where have these Sox been? A strikeout ends the inning. Back-to-back singles start the bottom of the seventh before Calhoun doubles to the alley in left-center to score both men and make it 9-3. Hill is pulled right after. It’s his longest outing this year, as he throws 94 pitches in 6+ innings and is in line for the win. That is all Texas gets in the inning. Devers leads off the top of the eighth with a double to the gap in center, quickly moving to third on a passed ball and scoring on a sacrifice fly to make it 10-3. Red Sox win, 11-3. The Sox have now scored 30 combined runs over the last four games.