Rangers rock Miller, Sox, 10-0

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Rangers rock Miller, Sox, 10-0

By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON Perhaps it was the fatigue caused by three marathon games against the Yankees. Whatever the reason, the Red Sox appeared drained, lethargic, and overmatched as they were walloped by the Rangers, 10-0, Friday night at Fenway Park.

While Rangers starter Derek Holland cruised to a win, holding the Sox to just one hit a Jacoby Ellsbury lead-off single over the first 3 23 innings, until Adrian Gonzalez singled, Red Sox starter Andrew Miller was taking a bruising.

Miller lasted just 1 13 innings, giving up six runs on five hits and four walks with one strikeout and a balk. Miller faced 13 batters, throwing 52 pitches. He left Michael Bowden with the unenviable job of coming into the game with one out and the bases loaded.

Although Bowden allowed a run, he went 2 23 innings, giving up just one run on two hits and a walk with five striekouts.

Holland went seven innings, giving up two hits and no walks, with six strikeouts. He improved to 13-5, with a 4.13 ERA.

The crowd of 38,083 was the 700th consecutive sellout at Fenway going back to May 15, 2003.

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

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Quotes, notes and stars: Red Sox 'capable of more' vs. lefties

CHICAGO -- Quotes, Notes and Stars from the Red Sox' 4-1 loss to Chicago:

 

QUOTES:

"He's rarely in the middle of the plate. He pitches to the edge very effectively. He's got a number of different looks he can give you.'' - John Farrell on White Sox starter Jose Quintana.

"We have such a heavily righthand-hitting lineup, you would think that our guys would be able to handle the off-side pitching coming at them. . . We're capable of more.'' - Farrell on the Sox 0-3 record against lefty starters.

"He's done everything that we could have asked, to get deep into games and low run situations -- and not just this year. This goes back to when he was in the rotation last year.'' - Farrell on tough-luck loser Steven Wright.

"That's what I'm working for every time.'' - Carson Smith on his scoreless inning in his Red Sox debut.

"It is what it is. Keep working and try to be ready on whatever opportunities come. That's all I can say about that.'' - Chris Young, on the infrequency of lefty starters.

"A little frustrated with the walks. I gave them the second run with the walks. When I'm out there throwing 20 pitches an inning, it's hard to get into a rhythm.'' - Steven Wright.

 

NOTES

* The Red Sox have faced three lefty starters this season and are 0-3. They've managed two runs in 23 innings and hit just .108 (8-for-74) against them.

* When the opposition scores first, the Red Sox are 5-6 this season.

* Jackie Bradley Jr. extended his hitting streak to nine games with a sixth-inning single.

* Dating back to last season, Steven Wright hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in his last nine starts.

* Hanley Ramirez's homer in the fifth was his first since April 6, covering 96 at-bats.

 

STARS

1) Jose Quintana

Chicago's starter was brilliant, allowing a single run in eight innings on just four hits without issuing a walk.

2) Jose Abreu

The White Sox first baseman drove in three of the four White Sox runs with a first-inning triple and a two-run double in the eighth.

3) Steven Wright

Once again, the knuckballer got almost no run support and was stuck with the loss despite allowing just two runs in six innings.