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BSJ Game Report: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1 – Win streak stops at three as offense dries up

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All you need to know about the Red Sox' loss to Texas, complete with BSJ analysis and insight:

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Sox bats quiet: Even as the Red Sox swept a two-game set against the Mets, they weren't hitting. They scored a total of three runs in the two games at Citi Field, but won both, thanks to super pitching - from starters and relievers. But the Sox really pushed their luck in Arlington Thursday night, where, for a third straight night, they couldn't generate much offense. After falling behind 1-0, they managed to tie the game in the sixth on aa leadoff double by Alex Verdugo and a two-out double from Rafael Devers. But those two hits, in the span of four batters, represented two-thirds of their hit output for the night -- the only other hit they collected was a one-out single by Christian Vazquez in the second. From the fourth inning on, the Sox had just three baserunners -- the two aforementioned doubles in the sixth and, thanks to a catcher's interference call, Christian Arroyo reached as a pinch-hitter in the eighth.

Perez rebounds with good outing: If a positive existed in the loss, it was the start turned in by Martin Perez, who entered the game with a 5.71 ERA, but turned in what was easily his best outing of the season. Perez gave the Sox 5.2 solid innings, allowing two runs on five hits while striking out seven and walking no one. His velocity was off some with a fastball that sat mostly at 91-92 mph, but he commanded the pitch better and also had a far better changeup than he had shown in previous starts.  In his last few starts, Perez was too reliant on his fastball and cutter and it cost him. "I think I needed one of these games to get everything back,'' Perez said. "I put everything together. My changeup was there and it made a difference (to have the separation) between the pitches.''