Rangers, Ogando keep Sox in check
In a series featuring the teams with the best records in the American League, Boston won the opener 17-5 Tuesday.
Right-hander Alexi Ogando, who was activated from the disabled list before Wednesday night's game, went 5 2/3 innings, giving up one run on three hits. He walked three, struck out six and threw a wild pitch. Ogando was making his first start since May 15 after being sidelined due to with right biceps tendinitis.
Ogando left after giving up a home run to Dustin Pedroia, his fifth of the season, with two outs in the sixth. Left-hander Neal Cotts (1-0), who replaced Ogando, earned the win, though he walked three of the four batters he faced.
Left-hander Craig Breslow (2-1) relieved Lackey in the seventh. Breslow gave up a lead-off double to Mitch Moreland, who was replaced by pinch runner Jeff Baker, and a one-out walk to pinch hitter Craig Gentry. That ended Breslow's outing, with right-hander Koji Uehara replacing him.
Boston got a run off right-hander Tanner Scheppers in the eighth. With two outs Mike Napoli walked, scoring on Jarrod Saltalamacchia's double.
Notes: Moreland left the game after his leadoff double in the seventh inning with tightness in his right hamstring. ... Beltre was back in the lineup. Following an off day Monday, he was given Tuesday off to rest his strained left hamstring. ... Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks (lower back strain) is on a rehab assignment, eligible to be activated Saturday, but that may not happen. The Red Sox would like to see him swing the batter better before he is activated. Middlebrooks was hitting just .201, with a .234 on-base percentage and .408 slugging percentage in 46 games before he was hurt. ... Boston RF Shane Victorino is scheduled to begin a rehab assignment today with Triple-A Pawtucket. He is expected to play three or four games with the PawSox before he is activated. Victorino has been on the disabled list since May 21 with a left hamstring strain, and he's also been dealing with a back ailment. ... Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury was out of the starting lineup for the fifth consecutive game since tweaking his groin May 30 against the Phillies, the game in which he stole five bases. The Red Sox remain optimistic that Ellsbury can avoid a DL stint.