Sox bash Texas for second straight night, 13-2

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Sox bash Texas for second straight night, 13-2

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.

Sean McAdam can be reached at smcadam@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sean on Twitter at http:twitter.comsean_mcadam

Sunday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineup: Facing a favorable foe in Dickey

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Sunday's Red Sox-Blue Jays lineup: Facing a favorable foe in Dickey

After extending his streak to 21 games Saturday, Xander Bogaerts faces a familiar foe in R.A. Dickey. So far the matchup has been favorable for the shortstop, batting .364 through 35 at-bats against the knuckleballer. 

Dickey, on the other hand, has been on the wrong side of matchups against Boston since joining the Blue Jays. In 2016 alone, he's allowed eight runs in 9.2 innings in his two starts against the Red Sox. He faces a lineup that has six players who are hitting .275 or better against him through at least 10 career plate appearances against the righty. Travis Shaw leads that charge, going 4-10 so far off Dickey with a homerun and two doubles.

The lineups:

BLUE JAYS:
Jose Bautisa RF
Josh Donaldson 3B
Edwin Encarnacion DH
Justin Smoak 1B
Devon Travis 2B
Darwin Barney SS
Kevin Pillar CF
Ezquiel Carrera LF
Josh Thole C
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R.A. Dickey P

RED SOX:
Mookie Betts RF
Dustin Pedroia 2B
Xander Bogaerts SS
David Ortiz DH
Hanley Ramirez 1B
Jackie Bradley Jr. CF
Travis Shaw 3B
Christian Vazquez C
Blake Swihart LF
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David Price P

The price of being the ace

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The price of being the ace

David Price has a chance for his first “ace” moment to show Boston he’s truly the pitcher they paid for.

The bullpen is spent after giving up the game late Saturday, to go with the team dealing with a three game skid -- the longest since their three-game losing streak from April 17th – April 19th.

On top of the Sox not having lost four-straight yet in 2016, Price is back at the Rogers Centre for the first time since his playoff run with the Blue Jays last year.

So this game should have a playoff feel to it -- as much as one can in late May -- especially with the Toronto picking up steam.

And lastly for Price, he’s started to figure things out since making a mechanical adjustment following his atrocious 4.2 inning start against the Yankees earlier in the month.

But he hasn’t had to throw against a top of the line offense yet.

The lefty dominated Houston, much like everyone has this year and also did well against Colorado.

In between those two he did face a strong opponent in Kansas City, but the Royals still haven’t completely gotten things together (although they did mount a ridiculous comeback Saturday against the White Sox).

Toronto’s scored over seven runs in three of their last four, winning all four of those games and seven of the last 10 contests -- putting them four games behind Boston in the AL East standings.

Price does have a few things going for him entering Sunday’s contest.

He threw well against his old team earlier this year -- seven innings, two earned runs, nine strikeouts and zero walks -- when his mechanics weren’t where he wanted them.

Also after being traded to Detroit from Tampa Bay in 2014, Price was dominant in his returning start at Tropicana Field.

Although he took the loss 1-0, the lefty dealt, chucking a one-hitter over eight innings, striking out nine without walking a batter -- and the one run off of him was unearned.

Price has yet to pitch at Comerica Park since leaving the Tigers, so that’s something Boston may deal with later in the year, too.

Now Price has to block all of this from his mind and execute pitches, in what is his biggest test this point in the season.

A lot for him to ignore in what could’ve easily been a regular start had Boston’s bullpen done its job Sunday -- but then again, this is a part of the price of being an ace.

McAdam: Red Sox relievers didn’t do the job vs. Toronto

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McAdam: Red Sox relievers didn’t do the job vs. Toronto

Sean McAdam joins SNC to discuss the Red Sox bullpen giving up a 4-run lead in the late innings of their loss to the Blue Jays.

Watch the video above.