Sox Unable To Avoid Sweep With 4-3 Loss To Rangers
It seems like the Red Sox have a better chance at finding the Holy Grail than winning games at Rangers’ Ballpark at Arlington.
May 5, 2013; Arlington, TX, USA; Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Jon Lester (31) throws to the Texas Rangers at the Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jim Cowsert-USA TODAY Sports
The Red Sox were unable to avoid the sweep today with a 4-3 loss to the Texas Rangers. Jon Lester gave up three earned runs in six innings. A mediocre 4.50 ERA on the day, but still good enough for a quality start. He walked three and struck out seven. Clayton Mortensen added to his case to be DFA’d by giving up a walk off single to Adrian Beltre in the bottom of the ninth.
On the plus side: David Ortiz homered and extended his hitting streak to 25 games (32 more to hearing Yankee fans whine about it’s legitimacy). The three runs scored by the Sox were the most they scored in a game for the series. David Ross also homered and stole a base. Yes, you read correctly: Our backup catcher did steal a base.
The pitching matchups for this series were definitely in Texas’ favor. That being said, if these two clubs were to meet in a best of five or best of seven series in October, our rotation looks somewhat overmatched.