Red Sox

BSJ Game Report: Rangers 5, Red Sox 3 – Bullpen trips up as Sox lose game, series

(Ron Jenkins/Getty Images)

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



Bullpen can't nail it down: The Red Sox increased their lead by a run to 3-1 in the top of the seventh, though rookie Garrett Whitlock, revealing himself to be human after all, gave it back when he yielded a solo homer to Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the first run Whitlock has allowed in seven appearances. That was bad, but it would soon get worse. Up 3-2, the Sox turned to Adam Ottavino in the eighth, and he proceeded to implode, allowing two walks and a game-tying single. And when Matt Barnes attempted to keep the game tied, he was greeted by a single from former teammate Brock Holt. Starter Garrett Richards had limited the Rangers to a single run over the first five innings and Darwinzon Hernandez continue his hot run with a scoreless sixth. But over the next two innings, three Red Sox relievers combined to allow four runs on four hits and two walks. And instead of a face-saving sweep and a winning road trip, the Red Sox left Texas with neither.

Missed chances in early innings prove costly: A familiar pattern re-emerged for the Red Sox. After grabbing the early lead, they once against forfeited opportunities to provide themselves with some breathing room. In the second, third, fourth and fifth, the Sox ended each inning by stranding at least one baserunner in scoring position, including three times leaving a runner at third base. Twice, the culprit was J.D. Martinez, who hit into rally-killing, inning ending double plays in both the third and fifth. In between, it was the bottom of the lineup -- where offense goes to die -- that was to blame. A walk by Rafael Devers and a wild pitch which sent him to second gave the Sox a golden chance but Texas starter Mike Foltynewicz set down Marwin Gonzalez, Hunter Renfroe and Franchy Cordero in order to keep the game in hand for the Rangers.