Red Sox

Final: Red Sox 5, Rangers 0

The Red Sox rode home runs from Steve Pearce and J.D. Martinez to a 5-0 victory over the Texas Rangers, with five pitchers combining to post the team's ninth shutout this season.

Pearce homered with one aboard in the first inning and Martinez delivered a three-run shot in the eighth to account for all of the scoring.

Eduardo Rodriguez extended his scoreless streak to 11.2 innings by blanking Texas for 5.2. Four other relievers followed as the Sox won their seventh in a row.



9:21    Nice job by Brandon Workman, who, after allowing a leadoff triple to Robinson Chirinos, manages to strand him at third by retiring the next three Texas hitters of the inning, keeping the Rangers scoreless after seven.

8:35  There's the frustrating thing about Rafael Devers. First, he approaches a chopper from the side, and has it roll up his arm for his 19th error. Then, on the very next hitter, he makes a tough angle throw to second to cut down a runner on a force play. It's the sloppiness -- resulting in the high error total - that takes away from his ability to make some outstanding plays.

8:14  Rodriguez has fanned five hitters so far, including the last four -- all on called strikes. Each time, the pitch that finished off the at-bat was a cutter.

8:04 Rare instance in which J.D. Martinez  -- who leads MLB in RBI -- failed to get the run in. Red Sox had runners at second and third, but Martinez retired on a flyout to shallow center, not deep enough to send Sandy Leon home.

7:31 First homer with the Red Sox for Steve Pearce, who hits a laser into the Monster Seats to give the Sox a 2-0 lead. Pearce is 10-for-21 with five extra-base hits and five RBI since joining the Sox.

WHO: Red Sox vs. Texas Rangers
WHEN: 7:10 p.m.
WHERE: Fenway Park
WHAT'S UP: The Red Sox, fresh off a 7-2 road trip, have won six straight and 11 of the last 13. They close out the first half with a seven-game homestand. Boston took three of four against the Rangers in Arlington back in May and has won nine of the last meetings between the teams. The Rangers, though they occupy last place in the A.L. West, are playing better of late, having gone 13-7 over the last 20 games.
STARTING PITCHERS: LHP Mike Minor (6-4, 4.63) vs. LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3, 3.84)