Mookie Betts’ home run was the biggest hit of the game for the Red Sox Friday night (Jim Cowsert/USA Today Images)
ARLINGTON, Texas – Before Friday night’s game, players in the Red Sox clubhouse at Globe Life Park were casting their ballots for American League All-Stars.
Anybody who didn’t vote for Mookie Betts might have felt a bit sheepish in the wee hours of Saturday morning.
With two outs in the ninth inning, and the Red Sox trailing by a pair, Betts took a Matt Bush 1-1 pitch over the center field wall to tie the game. The at-bat was made possible because of Sandy Leon’s pinch-hit, RBI double one spot before, punctuating an 11-pitch at-bat.
The Red Sox completed the comeback when Rangers catcher Bobby Wilson couldn’t handle a 1-2 fastball from Bush, allowing Dustin Pedroia to race home on the wild pitch. Pedroia and Xander Bogaerts had kept things going after Betts’ heroics, managing a walk and single, respectively.
The end result was an 8-7 Red Sox win over the best team in the American League, the Rangers.
The Betts homer took David Price off the hook despite one of the worst starts of his career.
For the fifth time in his career, Price didn’t make it past 2 1/3 innings of a game he started. This time the lefty allowed six runs on 12 hits before being yanked in favor of Matt Barnes.
It wasn’t totally unexpected that Price might struggle against the Rangers, considering he came into the game with a 5.15 in 11 previous starts vs. Texas. He also had a 6.54 ERA in the home of the Rangers, having pitched their six times.
But, starting with a leadoff home run by Shin-Soo Choo in the first inning, this was worse than anybody could have expected. Particularly since Price came into the game having pitched eight innings in his previous three starts, while totaling a 2.47 ERA in his last eight.
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WHAT WENT RIGHT
– Hanley Ramirez and Jackie Bradley Jr. each helped the Red Sox keep it close with home runs. Ramirez launched his seventh of the year over the center field fence in the fourth inning, while Bradley Jr.’s hit his sixth of the season in the six inning to cut the Rangers’ lead to three. Both homers were of the two-run variety.
– Making his debut in the majors this season, Bryce Brentz came away with a single while making a diving catch on Jurickson Profar in the seventh inning.
WHAT WENT WRONG
– The Red Sox couldn’t do much with Texas starter Nick Martinez, who came into the game with a 5.14 ERA, having just one start in the majors this season. The Sox only managed four runs on six hits over six innings against the righty.