The Boston Red Sox snapped a three game skid on Monday night, defeating the Texas Rangers in the first of three slated contests, 5-1. John Lackey took the ball for the Sox and he was dominant. Timely hitting from some unlikely sources powered Boston to victory.
Jackie Bradley notched three hits, drove in a pair of runs and scored once. He singled home Xander Bogaerts in the first and A.J. Pierzynski in the fourth. He also laid down a bunt in the eighth that resulted in a run after Texas committed a throwing error.
Bradley also made a pair of impressive grabs in right field. He made a sliding catch in the second and a beautiful running snag in the third.
Daniel Nava and Dustin Pedroia added eighth inning RBI’s that sealed the deal for Boston. Koji Uehara then came on to work the ninth. He closed the door on what was a gem of a performance by Lackey. Uehara did surrender a pair of hits in the inning.
Lackey went seven strong, struck out five, scattered five hits and allowed one run. He improved to 2-0 on the season with the win. Chris Capuano pitched a scoreless eighth for the Sox.
The Rangers big offseason acquisition, Prince Fielder, went 0-for-4 in the loss. Mitch Moreland drove in Texas’ lone run on a sacrifice fly in the fourth. Tanner Scheppers took the loss. He was tagged for nine hits and surrendered two runs in five innings of work.
Boston evaded a four game losing streak, earning their first win at Fenway Park this season. The Sox have not lost more than three in a row under manager John Farrell.