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BoSox throttle Rangers with season-highs in hits, runs

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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox hit for the cycle in one inning and better than they have in a game this season.

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his first career home run and finished with three RBI, and the Red Sox set season highs for hits and runs in a 17-5 rout of the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

"It's just baseball. It happens. Over 162 games, you're going to have opportunities to score a lot of runs and tonight we didn't stop," said Mike Carp, one of four players to homer for Boston. "We kept it going all night."

Stephen Drew and Jarrod Saltalamacchia also homered for the Red Sox, who scored at least one run in every inning through the first seven and hit for the cycle as a team in the second. The Red Sox finished with 19 hits, eight of them doubles.

It was an abundance of run support for Ryan Dempster (3-6), who ended a streak of five winless starts with his first victory in a month.

"I like my chances when we get 17 runs," Dempster said with a slight grin. "It was just fun to watch the guys swing the bat as well as they did today. When you have breathing room like that, it is nice because you kind of fill up the zone a little bit more and try and get some quick outs."

David Ortiz had three RBI, driving in one run with a double in the first and then a pair while legging out a rare triple during Boston's six-run second. Ortiz also tagged up and scored on a sacrifice to shallow right.

"He's playing with a lot of life. He's playing with a lot of enthusiasm and I think that is the overriding attitude that is in that group downstairs," manager John Farrell said.

Carp also drove in three runs as the Red Sox ended a five-game losing streak against the Rangers.

Five of Boston's six hits in the second were for extra bases and the Red Sox chased Justin Grimm (5-4) after 60 pitches. The Texas rookie allowed eight runs, all earned, in 1 2/3 innings in a forgettable Fenway Park debut.

Texas used six pitchers and none could stop the Red Sox until outfielder David Murphy made his first career pitching appearance.

Murphy came in from left field in the eighth and kept Boston from scoring after Daniel Nava hit a leadoff double.

"There was too many pitches in the middle of the plate and the Red Sox didn't miss," manager Ron Washington said. "They came out tonight swinging the bats and they didn't stop it until we put Murphy out there."

Jeff Baker hit a two-run homer for Texas in the fourth and Nelson Cruz hit a solo shot out to straightaway center in the fifth - Dempster's only mistakes against his former team. He allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out six with one walk.

The Red Sox had just set a season high with 18 hits Saturday in an 11-1 win at New York and topped that when Nava doubled in the eighth Tuesday.

Boston's bats were alive early again Tuesday. Jose Iglesias led off the second with a double and scored on Bradley's homer to right. Although he cleared the Texas bullpen by several rows, Bradley ran the bases the entire way and nearly caught Iglesias at home. Ortiz tripled to center with two men on and by the time Iglesias struck out in his second at-bat of the inning, Boston led 8-0.

"I had no fastball command at all. I was working behind hitters and leaving it up when it came across the plate," Grimm said. "A tough lineup like that, you can't work from behind."

Carp added a solo homer in the fifth, just out of Cruz's reach as he tumbled over the right-field wall into the bullpen trying to make the catch. Cruz hit one over a much higher wall with his homer to center in the top of the sixth.

Notes

  • Dempster had not won since improving to 2-2 on May 2 in a 3-1 win over Toronto.
  • Carp was ejected after being called out on strikes in the eighth.
  • Red Sox CF Jacoby Ellsbury missed his fourth straight game with tightness in his groin. Ellsbury did some running and took batting practice prior to the game, and Farrell said he could return to the lineup Wednesday.
  • Farrell also said CF Shane Victorino, on the DL with a strained left hamstring, could begin a rehab assignment before the end of the week.
  • Texas planned to activate RHP Alexi Ogando (right biceps tendinitis) from the DL on Wednesday and start him for the first time since May 15.
 
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Jackie Bradley Jr., who hits his first career home run, is one of six Boston players to drive in multiple RBI. (USATSI)
Jackie Bradley Jr., who hits his first career home run, is one of six Boston players to drive in multiple RBI. (USATSI)

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S. Drew
AB 5
R 3
H 4
HR 1
RBI 2
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M. Carp
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H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 

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Texas Rangers
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Elvis Andrus, SS3000021 .257
   a- Leury Garcia, PH-SS2000010 .205
David Murphy, LF-P4000021 .223
Lance Berkman, DH4010011 .279
    Geovany Soto, 3B1000010 .206
Nelson Cruz, RF3111001 .268
    Craig Gentry, CF1110000 .232
Mitch Moreland, 1B4112012 .282
A.J. Pierzynski, C4130000 .300
Jeff Baker, 3B-LF4122011 .344
Jurickson Profar, 2B3000101 .300
Leonys Martin, CF-RF3000114 .276
Totals36595210  
a-grounded out for Andrus in the 7th
Batting
2B - A.J. Pierzynski (4, Dempster)
HR - Nelson Cruz (14, Dempster), Mitch Moreland (12, Mortensen), Jeff Baker (6, Dempster)
RBI - Nelson Cruz (40), Mitch Moreland 2 (29), Jeff Baker 2 (11)
2-OUT RBI - Mitch Moreland 2 (19), Jeff Baker 2 (8)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
E - Jeff Baker (1, Throwing), Nelson Cruz (2, Dropped fly)
Texas Rangers
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Justin Grimm (L,5-4) 1.2788311 5.13
Michael Kirkman 1.1411130 6.95
Joe Ortiz 2.1463003 5.13
Jason Frasor 0.2000010 3.68
Ross Wolf 1322000 3.38
David Murphy 1100010 0.00
IBB - Napoli by Michael Kirkman
Pitches-Strikes - Justin Grimm 60-29, Michael Kirkman 32-20, Joe Ortiz 44-30, Jason Frasor 13-8, Ross Wolf 21-12, David Murphy 20-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Justin Grimm 1-3, Joe Ortiz 7-2, Ross Wolf 2-1
Batters Faced - Justin Grimm 15, Michael Kirkman 9, Joe Ortiz 13, Jason Frasor 2, Ross Wolf 6, David Murphy 4
Boston Red Sox
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Daniel Nava, RF4431100 .307
Mike Carp, LF4333111 .301
    Jonny Gomes, LF0000000 .175
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5010024 .330
    Pedro Ciriaco, 3B1000001 .234
David Ortiz, DH6123013 .333
Mike Napoli, 1B2001200 .272
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C5332013 .268
Stephen Drew, SS5342002 .232
Jose Iglesias, 3B-2B5222011 .431
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF5113001 .167
Totals4217191746  
Batting
2B - Daniel Nava 2 (10, Kirkman, Murphy), Dustin Pedroia (17, Kirkman), David Ortiz (12, Grimm), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (15, Grimm), Stephen Drew 2 (8, Kirkman, Wolf), Jose Iglesias (6, Grimm)
3B - David Ortiz (1, Grimm)
HR - Mike Carp (4, Ortiz), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (6, Ortiz), Stephen Drew (5, Ortiz), Jackie Bradley Jr. (1, Grimm)
SF - Daniel Nava (6), Mike Carp (1), Mike Napoli (1)
RBI - Daniel Nava (38), Mike Carp 3 (17), David Ortiz 3 (39), Mike Napoli (46), Jarrod Saltalamacchia 2 (20), Stephen Drew 2 (24), Jose Iglesias 2 (7), Jackie Bradley Jr. 3 (6)
2-OUT RBI - Stephen Drew (16), Jose Iglesias 2 (2)
Team LOB - 8
Boston Red Sox
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Ryan Dempster (W,3-6) 7533162 4.39
Clayton Mortensen 0.2422121 5.53
Andrew Miller 1.1000020 3.20
HBP - Murphy (by Ryan Dempster)
Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Dempster 107-63, Clayton Mortensen 29-16, Andrew Miller 12-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Dempster 9-6, Andrew Miller 1-1
Batters Faced - Ryan Dempster 28, Clayton Mortensen 7, Andrew Miller 4
Game Information
Attendance - 32035
Game Time - 3:10
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Andy Fletcher, First Base - Rob Drake, Second Base - Joe West, Third Base - Sam Holbrook