By Sean McAdam
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Capping their worst start to a season in 16 years, the Red Sox were swept by the Texas Rangers Sunday, absorbing a 5-1 loss for their third straight setback.
Texas launched four homers to complete a sweep of the Sox. The Rangers hit 11 homers in the three-game set, the most allowed by the Sox in the first three games of a season since at least 1919.
Clay Buchholz was tagged with the loss, having allowed five hits over 6 13 innings. Four of the five, however, were homers.
The Sox' only run came in the seventh when Carl Crawford, who had collected his first hit of the season back in the second inning, singled to left, scoring Kevin Youkilis. The Sox would leave the bases loaded that inning when Texas starter Matt Harrison struck out Jacoby Ellsbury.
The Rangers, who are 16-6 against the Sox since the start of the 2009 season, outscored Boston 26-11 in the series.
Player of the Game: Matt Harrison. Harrison limited the Red Sox to a single run over seven innings, while striking out eight.
Honorable Mention: Ian Kinsler. For the third straight game, Kinsler homered off the Red Sox. He was also on base in all four plate appearances with two walks and a hit-by-pitch.
The Goat: Clay Buchholz. Buchholz pitched far better than either of the Red Sox starters who preceded him, but still surrendered four homers in 6 13 innings pitched.
Turning Point: After the Red Sox got on the scoreboard in the 7th, Harrison slammed the door on a rally by striking out Jacoby Ellsbury with two outs and the bases loaded.
By the Numbers: The Rangers outhomered by the Red Sox in the three-game series 11-3. The 11 homers are a club record for the most in the first three games of a season.
Quote of the Day: "They kicked our ass -- that's it. We'd better show up and play better (Tuesday) than we've been playing.'' -- Dustin Pedroia.