Lackey, Jackie Bradley Jr. help Red Sox end skid
John Lackey pitched seven strong innings and Jackie Bradley Jr. finished with three hits and two RBIs as the Boston Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak with a 5-1 win over the Texas Rangers on Monday night at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox posted their first home victory of the season following a weekend sweep by Milwaukee, getting three hits apiece from A.J. Pierzynski and Mike Napoli. Lackey (2-0) stranded the tying run at third in the seventh, finishing with one run allowed on five hits with five strikeouts.
Tanner Scheppers (0-1) allowed two runs on nine hits in five innings as the Rangers lost for the third time in four games. Alex Rios and Shin-Soo Choo finished with two hits each for Texas.
Boston’s Xander Bogaerts reached on a one-out infield single in the second and scored on Bradley’s two-out single to center. The Rangers tied the contest in the fourth, Adrian Beltre reaching on a one-out single and scoring on Mitch Moreland’s sacrifice fly to center.
Pierzynski and Jonathan Herrera hit back-to-back singles with one out in the bottom of the fourth, and Bradley followed with a single into left-center to plate Pierzynski and push Boston ahead 2-1. Bradley’s bunt single and Prince Fielder’s error in the eighth gave the Red Sox a 3-1 advantage, and Boston added runs on Daniel Nava’s single and Dustin Pedroia’s fielder’s choice.
Notes: The Red Sox did substantial damage in the seven, eight and nine spots in the lineup, Pierzynski, Herrera and Bradley combining to go 7-for-10. … Texas manager Ron Washington unsuccessfully challenged a ruling on David Ortiz’s fielder’s choice in the first inning, on which Rangers shortstop Elvis Andrus bobbled the ball as he tried to tag the base ahead of Nava. … Rios stole his first base of the season; he swiped 42 bases last season.