Rangers quiet Sox bats, 3-2

Rangers quiet Sox bats, 3-2
June 5, 2013, 10:45 pm
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On Tuesday night, the Red Sox scored in every inning but one as they totaled a season-high 17 runs.

Perhaps they should have saved a few for Wednesday night, too.

What had been a prolific and unstoppable offense Tuesday was quieted by the Texas Rangers in a big way a night later, with the Sox largely held in check in a 3-2 loss that snapped a modest three-game winning streak.

Elvis Andrus hit the first pitch of the night from reliever Koji Uehara in the seventh for a double to left-center, breaking a 1-1 tie and scoring two runs.

The Sox were scoreless until a two-out solo homer by Dustin Pedroia in the sixth inning off starter Alexi Ogando, fresh off a stint on the disabled list.

They added a run off the Texas bullpen in the eighth when Mike Napoli walked after two were out and scored all the way from first on a double into the right field corner by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Starter John Lackey was brilliant over the first six innings, with his only mistake coming in the fourth when Adrian Beltre smacked a solo homer to straightaway center.

That was one of just five hits allowed by Lackey, who didn't walk anyone and struck out five.

STAR OF THE GAME: Elvis Andrus
Andrus came to the plate in the seventh with two on and two out and drilled the first pitch he saw from Koji
Uehara off the base of the wall in left-center, scoring both runs. It was his only hit of the night, but the biggest
of the night.

Just off the disabled list after a three-week stint because of biceps tendinitis, Ogando limited the Sox to a single run in 5 2/3 innings. A solo homer by Dustin Pedroia was the only damage done against him -- until then, the Sox had managed just two hits.

Uehara had been pretty effective in stranding inherited runners before Wednesday night, allowing just two of the previous 10 runners to cross the plate. But that trend didn't continue in the seventh when he served up the two-run, tie-breaking double to Andrus.

TURNING POINT: Trailing 3-1, the Sox got a leadoff walk from Stephen Drew and a single to right from Jose Iglesias. That gave the Sox two on and no out, but after Jackie Bradley Jr. failed to get a bunt down, he struck out and both Daniel Nava and pinch-hitter Jonny Gomes were retired as the Sox wasted their best chance.

BY THE NUMBERS: Wednesday night marked just the second loss in the last nine games started by an opposing righthander.

QUOTE OF NOTE: "I was pretty happy for the most part, but I was definitely disappointed with the pitch to Beltre -- it was a slider I hung over the plate.'' --John Lackey.