Big 7th inning boosts Red Sox to third straight win

@Connor Friend

Following the high scoring affair in game one of the series with the Texas Rangers, the Red Sox offense looked to stay alive and break early struggles. There was no better a situation as well, with Ace Chris Sale on the mound looking to break the record for consecutive starts with 10+ strikeouts. In the early going it looked like the game would be a low scoring affair, as Mookie Betts would single in Deven Marrero to open the scoring up 1-0 in the 3rd. The following two innings would be almost uncharacteristic of Chris Sale as he gave up a solo shot to Mike Napoli in the 5th and base hits from Elvis Andrus and Joey Gallo to make the game 3-1. Then suddenly the Red Sox would break out in the 7th inning, posting 7 runs on reliever Sam Dyson and Austin Bibens-Dirkx. The lead would give the Red Sox a plenty comfortable lead, Chris Sale however would fail to break the MLB record for consecutive starts with 10+ strikeouts as he only managed to compile 6 in 7.2 innings. The Sox would sit in cruise control to their second straight victory against the Texas Rangers and their third straight. Tonight, in game finale of the series, Drew Pomeranz |BOS|(3-3 4.97ERA) (L) takes on Nick Martinez |TEX| (1-2 4.33ERA) at Fenway Park.

THINGS TO WATCH FOR;

Red Sox rookie First Baseman Sam Travis will not start in his second consecutive game after making his debut last night. Travis went 2-for-4 in his first sight of major league play yesterday, Travis is still a young prospect at 23 years old, and also features a high ceiling. Travis looks to be the Sox first baseman of the future, but it is unlikely he will find a permanent spot on the Red Sox roster this season and will most likely be optioned back to AAA in the coming days.

Red Sox pitcher David Price will make his first start of this season on Monday against the a Chicago White Sox. Price missed the start of this season due to elbow issues that sidelined him for the first month and change of the season. Price’s first season in Boston was underwhelming for most as he went 17-9 with 3.99ERA while leading the league in starts (35) and innings pitched. Price had a rough go in his 2 rehab starts as he allowed 6 earned runs in 5 2/3 innings at AAA. Price has very high expectations for his second season in Boston and looks to redeem himself.

Rangers starter Nick Martinez is 0-2 with a 6.23 ERA in three career starts against the Red  Sox. Martinez has pitched better of late, racking in his first win since 2015 in his last turn through the rotation. Martinez faces off against a Red Sox offense that is beginning to heat up.

LINEUPS;

Red Sox
1 Betts RF
2 Pedroia 2B
3 Bogaerts SS
4 Benintendi (L) (ROOKIE) LF
5 Ramirez DH
6 Moreland (L) 1B
7 Bradley Jr (L) CF
8 Vasquez C
9 Marrero 3B

Rangers
1 DeShields CF
2 Andrus SS
3 Mazara (L) RF
4 Lucroy C
5 Odor (L) DH
6 Napoli 1B
7 Rua LF
8 Gallo (L) 3B
9 Kozma 2B

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