Felix Doubront‘s career as a starting pitcher has been marred by inconsistency. He took to the mound Tuesday night for the Red Sox and struggled considerably. The Texas Rangers outdueled Boston in an offensive affair, 10-7. In victory, the Rangers evened up the three game set at one game aside.
Boston’s number three starter, Doubront, lasted just 2 2/3 innings. He allowed six hits, walked three and was tagged for five runs. It was the shortest outing of his career.
Doubront’s evening was derailed in the third as Texas scratched across five runs in the inning. Prince Fielder, Adrian Beltre and Donnie Murphy each knocked in a run. Robinson Chirinos lead off things with a home run. Then after batting around, Chirinos worked a walk that led to the fifth Rangers run.
Burke Badenhop came on in relief of Doubront. He could not stop the bleeding. Fielder, Beltre and Murphy each added an RBI in the fourth, giving Texas an 8-0 lead. Badenhop lasted just 2 1/3 innings. Mike Napoli got Boston on the board in the bottom half of the inning when he singled home Dustin Pedroia.
Brandon Workman pitched the final four innings of the ballgame. He was charged with one run. Texas added runs in the fifth and ninth to make 10 in total.
Boston battled back to make the game respectable behind three hit efforts out of Napoli, Grady Siemore and A.J. Pierzynski.
The Sox plated three runs in the seventh. Pierzynski singled home a run and Jackie Bradley doubled home a pair.
Despite woeful pitching, the Sox could have realistically walked away victors. They out hit the Rangers, 14-13. Their chances of winning were killed by five double plays. They grounded into five twin killings in the first seven innings.
The Sox dropped to 1-4 at Fenway Park and 3-5 on the season in defeat. Boston will be in search of finding some rhythm on Wednesday when Jake Peavy takes the ball. He’ll be opposed by Robert Ross.