Rangers explode in sixth inning to beat Sox, 11-4

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Rangers explode in sixth inning to beat Sox, 11-4

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON The Red Sox dropped the finale of their three-game set with the Rangers at Fenway Park, 11-4. With the loss, they also lost the season series, 4-6.

John Lackey took the loss, falling to 12-11 with a 6.11 ERA. He went five innings (plus four batters in the sixth), giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks with a strikeout, a wild pitch, and a hit batter (extending his major league lead in batters-plunked to 18).

The Rangers were up by two runs when they scored seven in the sixth, sending 12 batters to the plate. Lackey gave up three consecutive singles and a walk in the inning before he was replaced by left-hander Felix Doubront, who had the unenviable task of entering with no outs and the bases loaded.

Doubront allowed all three of his inherited runners to score and was charged with three runs of his own. A three-run triple by Josh Hamilton, the ninth batter of the inning and the fifth batter Doubront faced, ended the day for the Sox lefty. Matt Albers entered and, after a walk to his first batter, Michael Young, got the last two outs to end the Rangers outburst.

Texas lefty Matt Harrison was the beneficiary, earning the win to improve to 11-9. He went seven innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts and a wild pitch.

The Sox got two runs in the seventh on Marco Scutaros single scoring Carl Crawford, who singled and Jarrod Saltalamacchia who hit a ground-rule double to left.

The Sox, who were outscored, 28-16, in the three-game series, have lost each of the last three season series to the Rangers, the first time since 1990-92.

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Drellich: Hanley Ramirez has to improve or Red Sox need to try others

Drellich: Hanley Ramirez has to improve or Red Sox need to try others

BOSTON — It doesn’t really matter what’s holding Hanley Ramirez back: his health, his desire to play at less-than-100 percent, neither, both. The Red Sox need him to produce more at the plate, as the designated hitter, or need to play someone who can produce more.

The suggestion of putting Ramirez on the disabled list so that his shoulders (and now, his left knee, where he was hit by a pitch Sunday) may heal is reasonable. If you can’t hit well — if you can’t even be in the lineup — why are you on the roster?

Ramirez was out for a second straight game Tuesday night. 

Flat-out benching Ramirez in favor of Chris Young or Sam Travis or both for a time makes sense too. Young will DH again Tuesday and Travis will start at first against Twins left-hander Hector Santiago. 

Try one, try all. The route to better production doesn’t matter. As long as the Sox get some, be it from Ramirez or somewhere else.

After Mitch Moreland, who’s playing with a fractured big toe on his left foot, homered and had another impactful night on Monday, Sox manager John Farrell made some comments that are hard to read as anything but a message to Ramirez.

“In his most recent stretch, he’s been able to get on top of some fastballs that have been at the top of the strike zone or above for some power obviously,” Farrell said. “But I think the way he’s gone about it given the physical condition he’s in, is a strong message to the remainder of this team.”

Tuesday is June 27. From May 27 on, Ramirez is hitting .202 with a .216 on-base percentage and .369 slugging percentage. 

In the final three months of the 2016 season, Ramirez hit .300 with a .379 OBP and .608 slugging percentage. That’s from the start of July through the end of the regular season. 

The potential for such a second-half surge is hard to ignore. The Sox need to figure out if Ramirez is healthy enough to give it to them, and if not, be willing to give someone else an extended look — be it with Ramirez on the bench or the DL.

Farrell suspended one game for last week's run-in with umpire

Farrell suspended one game for last week's run-in with umpire

BOSTON -- Red Sox manager John Farrell has been suspended one game because of Saturday night's scream-fest with umpire Bill Miller, when Farrell objected to a balk call made on Fernando Abad that led to an Angels run in the seventh inning.

Farrell is to serve the suspension on Tuesday night. He has also been fined.

Farrell and the umpire couldn't have been much closer to each other's face, and some contact was made.

"There was contact made, yes. I didn't bump him though," Farrell said a day later. "The tip of my finger touched his shirt."

Miller has ejected Farrell three times, more than any other umpire.

"No, honestly I didn't even know that, someone's brought to my attention that it's been the third time," Farrell said Sunday when asked if that history played in. "I don't have a tote board of who's done what and how many times