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Texas hangs on to outscore Red Sox

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April 08. 2014 10:56PM
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Felix Doubront (22) throws a pitch against the Texas Rangers in the first inning at Fenway Park. (David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports)

BOSTON — Catcher Robinson Chirinos’ solo home run ignited a five-run third inning, and the Texas Rangers hung on for a 10-7 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night.

First baseman Prince Fielder and designated hitter Adrian

The left-hander retired six straight before Chirinos led off the third with his second career home run, crushing a 3-2 fastball over the Green Monster in left field.

It promptly spiraled out of control for Doubront, who allowed seven of the next nine batters to reach base and the Rangers to bat around before being pulled following a bases-loaded walk to Chirinos that made it 5-0.

Choo singled with one out and scored on Fielder’s double down the right field line, and Beltre made it 3-0 with a base hit to left. Beltre moved to second on right fielder Alex Rios’ single and scored on second baseman Donnie Murphy’s bloop double — a ball that center fielder Sizemore hesitated on before missing on a diving attempt.

Doubront then issued consecutive walks, the latter to Chirinos ending his night after only 59 pitches.

Texas tacked on three more runs in the fourth off reliever Burke Badenhop.

Boston finally scored in the bottom of the fourth when second baseman Dustin Pedroia doubled and scored on Napoli’s single.

Chirinos got the run back by doubling and scoring on Choo’s double in the fifth.

Pierzynski delivered an RBI single in the seventh and right fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. added a two-run double that cut Boston’s deficit to 9-4.

Center fielder Michael Choice had a sacrifice fly in the ninth for Texas before Bradley plated a run with a single in the bottom of the inning. Designated hitter David Ortiz’s two-run double brought Boston within three, but Rangers closer Joakim Soria struck out Napoli to end the game.

NOTES: In seven career appearances against the Rangers, Doubront is 0-4 with a 12.26 ERA, his highest against any American League club. ... Beltre left the game in the bottom of the fifth with tightness in his left quadriceps. ... LHP Robbie Ross (0-0, 3.60) will pitch today (4 p.m.) for Texas against Boston RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 3.00) in the finale of the three-game series. It is the Rangers’ lone trip to Boston this season.

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