The Red Sox bullpen took a torch to two-run lead over the final few innings, resulting in a 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers.
The defeat handed the series to the Rangers, three games to one, and represents the first series loss for the Red Sox since being swept by Baltimore on the opening weekend of the series.
Garrett Whitlock allowed the Rangers to cut the lead to one when he allowed a homer to Isiah Kiner-Falefa in the seventh, the first run he's allowed this season. It got worse in the eighth as Adam Ottavino issued a leadoff walk which resulting in the tying run. Brock Holt's two-run single -- with some help from an error by Alex Verdugo -- put the Rangers ahead for good.
WHO: Red Sox (17-11) vs. Texas Rangers (12-16) WHEN: 2:35 p.m. WHERE: Globe Life Field SERIES TO DATE: Texas 2-1 STARTING PITCHERS: RHP Garrett Richards (1-2, 4.94) vs. RHP Mike Foltynewicz (1-3, 4.61) TV/RADIO: NESN; WEEI-FM