Sox snap out of funk, beat Rangers, 11-5

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Sox snap out of funk, beat Rangers, 11-5

By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Scoring twice in each of the first three innings, the Red Sox raced to a 6-0 lead, then added on later in the game to bash the Texas Rangers, 11-5, for their first win against the Rangers this season.

The Rangers had won the first four meetings of the season between the two and 10 of the last 12.

Adrian Gonzalez, who had homered once since July 7, belted two homers in the span of three at-bats, the first snapping a homerless streak that had reached 84 at-bats.

The Sox also got sacrifice flies from Marco Scutaro and Carl Crawford and run-scoring doubles from both Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway.

Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia each added two-run doubles in the eighth to provide some breathing room.

The 10-run outburst equaled the number of runs the Red Sox had scored in their previous three games combined and marked the first since Aug. 6 that the Sox had reached double figures in runs scored.

John Lackey, staked to the early lead, had a hideous third inning in which he gave half the six-run lead back to the Rangers, but took the Sox into the seventh inning before giving way to the bullpen.

Lackey improved to 12-9 on the season as he recorded his seventh win in his last eight decisions. Lackey has lost just once since July 4.

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Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

Red Sox’ quotes, notes and stars from 2-1 loss to Rays

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Notes, quotes and stars from the Red Sox' 2-1 loss to the Rays:

QUOTES:

* "There's not much I can do about it now. It's kind of a waiting game and hopefully, the tests come back clean.'' -Andrew Benintendi, on the uncertainty surrounding his knee injury.

* "Sometimes, I like that, sometimes I don't because I'd kind of take a couple of quick outs in place of those to get a couple of more innings out there.'' -Drew Pomeranz on his career high 11 strikeouts.

* "That's probably the spot that looms the largest. Jackie's become more aggressive early in the count, but at the same time, that aggressiveness can work against you.'' -Farrell on Jackie Bradley Jr. swinging at the first pitch following a walk with the bases loaded.

NOTES:

* Drew Pomeranz recorded a career-high 11 strikeouts

 * Since moving to the leadoff spot, Dustin Pedroia has a slash line of .397/.418/.460 in 16 games.

* Pomeranz has yielded two runs or fewer in five consecutive starts.

* On the just-completed road trip, the Red Sox led in all but one game.

* Thursday's loss was the fourth this season in which the Sox allowed two runs or fewer.

 * The past 18 Red Sox losses have come by a combined 37 runs.

* Until Thursday, the Red Sox had won 20 of their past 31 day games.

* The bottom third of the makeshift Red Sox lineup combined to go 2-for-12.

* The Sox missed out on a chance to have an eight-win road trip, which would have been their first since 2011.

STARS:

1) Jake Odorizzi

The Rays started, facing a depleted Red Sox lineup, limited the Sox to a single run over seven innings, allowing just five hits and getting out of a bases-loaded, no-out jam by allowing just one run.

2) Mikie Mahtook

Mahtook was 0-for-34 when facing Drew Pomeranz in the seventh inning, but that didn't stop him from doubling home Steven Souza Jr with what proved to be the winning run.

3) Dustin Pedroia

The Sox couldn't generate much of anything at all offensively, but don't blame Pedroia. The leadoff hitter had three hits and a walk and was on base four times for the Sox.