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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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

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Ortiz quells comeback speculation: 'My playing time has expired'

Forget that cryptic Tweet to the Globe. David Ortiz isn't walking through that door, fans. At least not as a player.

"My playing time has already expired," Ortiz told ESPN Deportes. "Baseball is not something that you wake up today and you say, 'I'll play tomorrow.' Baseball is something that carries a lot of sacrifice, a lot of preparation, and there is a reason why we train the entire year to play it, practice every day, especially during the season, because it is a sport of consistency."

No one really thought he was contemplating a comeback, but last week he Tweeted this . . .

. . . and that raised hopes that he'd changed his mind.

Not so.

 

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.