Red Sox

BSJ Game Report: Rangers 4, Red Sox 3 (11) – Sox don’t support Sale and bullpen lets one get away

All you need to know, in quickie form, about the Red Sox' 4-3 loss to the Rangers, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:



Barnes melts down: The Red Sox led 2-1 heading into the top of the ninth, but not for long. After getting the first out of the inning, Matt Barnes gave up three straight hits, the last a two-run single to Nomar Mazara that gave the Rangers their first lead of the night. Over the last nine appearances, dating back to May 22, Barnes has allowed nine hits and seven walks in 7.1 innings for a 9.82 ERA. "I just didn't execute enough pitches,'' said Barnes. "I think command-wise, he hasn't been as sharp,'' acknowledged Alex Cora. "We've been trying to give him a breather here and there. He knows his job. He was in a situation where he was three outs away from winning the game and he didn't do the job.'' The blown save was the fourth of the year for Barnes and 10th overall for the Red Sox bullpen. The game also marked the third time this season that the Sox lost a game in which they were leading after eighth innings.

Sale given no support again: Chris Sale was his dominant self, allowing just one unearned run over seven innings. He limited the Rangers to