By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tuesday night, the Red Sox ended their futility at The Ballpark in Arlington with a loud thud, bashing 14 hits for 11 runs.
As it turns out, they were just warming up. For the second night in a row, the Red Sox raced out to a 6-0 lead in the first few innings, then coasted to an easy victory.
The Sox belted out 16 hits -- three of them homers -- and pasted the Texas Rangers, 13-2. Coupled with the Yankees' loss, the Red Sox took over first place in the A.L. East by a game.
Carl Crawford (double, sacrifice fly, home run) tied a career high with five RBI and Dustin Pedroia (two singles) Adrian Gonzalez (home run) and Jacoby Ellsbury (home run) added two RBI each as the Red Sox won for the fifth time in seven games on their current road trip.
Josh Beckett didn't allow a base hit until Mike Napoli blasted a 412-foot solo homer to left with two outs in the fourth.
Beckett, 11-5, didn't allow another run. The three other hits he allowed over six innings were all singles.
Franklin Morales, Matt Albers and Jonathan Papelbon each contributed an inning of relief.
Making his return to the lineup after a week-long absence due to bursitis of his right heel, David Ortiz singled and drove home a run in the first, then later added a double.
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Mitch Moreland and Sam Travis hit three-run homers and left-hander Brian Johnson started and pitched two scoreless innings to help the Red Sox win their spring training opener, 9-6, over Northeastern University on Thursday in Fort Myers, Fla.
Johnson, who made one spot start in his MLB debut with the Red Sox in 2015 but then was derailed by injuries and anxiety issues last season, struck out three and walked one Thursday. He's expected to start the season at Triple-A Pawtucket, where he went 5-6 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts in 2016.
Moreland, the left-handed hitting first baseman signed to a one-year deal after spending his first seven seasons with the Texas Rangers, and Travis, a right-handed hitting first base prospect coming back from knee surgery last season, each hit three-run homers in a six-run third inning.
Pablo Sandoval, attempting to reclaim the third-base job after missing nearly all of last season after surgery on his left shoulder, went 1-for-2 with a double.
The Red Sox open Grapefruit League play Friday afternoon when they host the New York Mets at JetBlue Park.
CSN baseball analyst Lou Merloni sits down with Pedro Martinez and Red Sox hitting coach Chili Davis to discuss one of Pedro's greatest games.
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On September 10, 1999 at the height of the Red Sox/Yankees rivalry, Pedro Martinez struck out 17 Yankees in a complete game victory, with the only hit he allowed being a home run to Chili Davis. The two men recall that memorable night in the Bronx, and discuss the state of pitching in 2017.