Betts' bases-loaded walk gives Red Sox 4-3 win over Rangers

BOSTON (AP) Mookie Betts watched patiently as four straight pitches missed the strike zone, and the Red Sox averted disaster.

Betts drew a bases-loaded walk from reliever Jesse Chavez in the ninth, giving the Red Sox a 4-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday and halting Boston's three-game skid.

''I was pretty confident knowing the situation that he had to kind of come to me at that point. He was in trouble,'' Betts said. ''It's huge. It's kind of tough because obviously we didn't want to let them back in the game right there.''

Boston rallied against Chavez (2-1) in the ninth after allowing the Rangers to tie it in the eighth on an unearned run.

Andrew Benintendi hit a triple and two doubles, driving in two runs for the Red Sox as they avoided falling below .500 for the first time in more than a month.

Christian Vazquez, whose throwing error in the eighth put the tying run on third, led off the ninth with a ground-rule double to center. Jackie Bradley Jr. followed with a single and the Rangers walked Michael Chavis to load the bases for Betts, who fouled off the first pitch he saw from Chavez. The next four pitches were balls, and Marco Hernandez, who pinch-ran for Vazquez, trotted home.

''I was just missing by a little bit. I think I was trying to be too fine in that situation where I don't know why I should,'' said Chavez, whose scoreless streak of 22 2/3 innings came to an end. ''Just let them put the ball on the ground and let the defense do the work. Today was a day when I wasn't able to do it in a situation when we needed it, for sure.''

The start of the game was moved up three hours to 4:05 p.m. to avoid overlapping with Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final between the Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues. Chants of ''We want the Cup!'' rang out from the stands throughout the game.

Matt Barnes (3-1) pitched a scoreless ninth. Starter Rick Porcello was in position for the win until Texas tied it in the eighth.

Brandon Workman hit Shin-Soo Choo with a pitch and went to third when Vazquez fielded a bunt by Delino DeShields and threw wildly. Elvis Andrus tied it with a sacrifice fly to right.

The Rangers had three consecutive hits with two outs in the first, taking a 2-0 lead on Hunter Pence's double to center, then went without a baserunner until the sixth. Porcello retired 13 straight batters before Andrus' two-out double in the sixth.

Porcello allowed two runs on five hits in 6 2/3 innings.

''This was a game I think everybody knew we needed to win,'' Benintendi said. ''Rick went out there and after that first inning, threw the ball really well and gave us a shot to win. Yeah, this is a big win so hopefully we can build off it.''

Benintendi, ejected Tuesday night for shouting at umpire Angel Hernandez about a called strike, doubled and scored in the first. He hit an RBI triple in the third, tying it at 2-2, and drove in a run with a double in the fifth.

Starter Lance Lynn worked six innings for the Rangers, allowing three runs on six hits. He walked one and struck out eight.

WINNING

The Red Sox, who only a few days before were trying to climb five games above .500, improved to 35-34. Boston hasn't had a losing record since May 7, when it beat Baltimore to move to 19-19.

The World Series champion Red Sox haven't been more than four games above .500 so far this season.

''I've been saying the goal is to get to five over,'' manager Alex Cora said. ''We need to get there, and I say sooner rather than later and it's getting, like, later. But we've still got time to do that.''

TEXAS TOUGH

Rangers manager Chris Woodward had an easy time shaking off this loss. His club has won four of six and has a chance at taking three of four in the Rangers' only visit to Boston this season.

''We're in a good spot. We've been playing well, so it's fun to watch our guys compete in that kind of environment against a good team,'' Woodward said. ''When they take it out on the field, they're fearless. We got beat today, but they had to execute some pitches to beat us and that's going to happen every once in a while.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: LHP Drew Smyly will miss his scheduled start on Friday when Texas visits Cincinnati. Woodward said he wanted to take some pressure off Smyly, who has struggled in his last two starts and will be available in the bullpen. ... LF Willie Calhoun (quadriceps strain) will start a rehab assignment with Triple-A Nashville on Thursday. ... 1B Ronald Guzman needed few minutes after a sharp grounder caught him on the wrist in the second inning.

Red Sox: RHP Hector Velazquez (back) will start a rehab assignment Thursday or Friday, manager Alex Cora said. Velazquez has been on the injured list since May 30 ... LHP Brian Johnson (left elbow inflammation) will travel with the club this weekend for a three-game series at Baltimore. Johnson, on the injured list since April 6, could pitch some relief or possibly start Sunday, Cora said.

UP NEXT

RHP Adrian Sampson (5-3, 3.72 ERA) starts the series finale for the Rangers on Thursday against Boston LHP David Price (4-2. 2.70).

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  • W: M. Barnes (3-1)L: J. Chavez (2-2)
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R. Guzman 1B30000111.222.293.460.7530.5
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  • a-grounded out for Mathis in the 8th
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J. Martinez DH40000043.300.376.529.905-2.0
R. Devers 3B40210000.297.354.483.8373.0
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B. Holt 2B30100000.273.344.345.6903.0
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C. Vazquez C40200011.287.330.466.7962.5
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Holt in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Andrus (16), N. Mazara (14), H. Pence (12)
  • SF - E. Andrus (3)
  • SH - D. DeShields (4)
  • RBI - E. Andrus (35), H. Pence 2 (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Pence 2 (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Mazara, H. Pence 2 (2), A. Cabrera, R. Guzman, T. Federowicz
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Benintendi 2 (15), R. Devers (18), C. Vazquez (9)
  • 3B - A. Benintendi (3), B. Holt
  • RBI - M. Betts (31), A. Benintendi 2 (30), R. Devers (43)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (21), R. Devers (15)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, J. Martinez 2 (2), E. Nunez 2 (2), C. Vazquez
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Mazara (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Bradley (5)
  • CS - R. Devers (4)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Vazquez
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Lynn6.06331804.401.3315.0
B. Martin1.22001305.401.201.5
J. Chavez (L, 2-2)0.12112003.621.42-10.0
PITCHERSIP
L. Lynn6.0
B. Martin1.2
J. Chavez (L, 2-2)0.1
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Porcello6.25220604.691.3517.0
B. Workman (BS, 2)1.10101201.760.883.0
M. Barnes (W, 3-1)1.00001203.621.1310.0
PITCHERSIP
R. Porcello6.2
B. Workman (BS, 2)1.1
M. Barnes (W, 3-1)1.0
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Lynn (9)
  • IBB - B. Martin
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 100-64, B. Martin 26-17, J. Chavez 17-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 4-5, B. Martin 1-1, J. Chavez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 24, B. Martin 8, J. Chavez 5
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Barnes (4)
  • IBB - B. Workman
  • HBP - B. Workman
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 101-67, B. Workman 17-12, M. Barnes 18-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 6-8, B. Workman 2-1, M. Barnes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 25, B. Workman 7, M. Barnes 4
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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N. Mazara RF31100111.266.320.443.7625.5
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  • a-grounded out for Mathis in the 8th
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J. Martinez DH40000043.300.376.529.905-2.0
R. Devers 3B40210000.297.354.483.8373.0
X. Bogaerts SS30000110.290.374.518.8920.5
B. Holt 2B30100000.273.344.345.6903.0
a- E. Nunez PH-2B10000002.214.231.291.5220.0
C. Vazquez C40200011.287.330.466.7962.5
M. Hernandez PR01000000.333.333.533.8671.0
J. Bradley CF31100121.199.301.332.6334.0
M. Chavis 1B31100122.249.338.452.7902.0
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  • a-hit into fielder's choice for Holt in the 8th
BATTING
  • 2B - E. Andrus (16), N. Mazara (14), H. Pence (12)
  • SF - E. Andrus (3)
  • SH - D. DeShields (4)
  • RBI - E. Andrus (35), H. Pence 2 (45)
  • 2-Out RBI - H. Pence 2 (16)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - N. Mazara, H. Pence 2 (2), A. Cabrera, R. Guzman, T. Federowicz
BATTING
  • 2B - A. Benintendi 2 (15), R. Devers (18), C. Vazquez (9)
  • 3B - A. Benintendi (3), B. Holt
  • RBI - M. Betts (31), A. Benintendi 2 (30), R. Devers (43)
  • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (21), R. Devers (15)
  • Runners left in scoring position, 2-Out - M. Betts, J. Martinez 2 (2), E. Nunez 2 (2), C. Vazquez
BASERUNNING
  • SB - N. Mazara (3)
BASERUNNING
  • SB - J. Bradley (5)
  • CS - R. Devers (4)
FIELDING
  • E - C. Vazquez
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
L. Lynn6.06331804.401.3315.0
B. Martin1.22001305.401.201.5
J. Chavez (L, 2-2)0.12112003.621.42-10.0
Total8.010444110---
PITCHERSIP
L. Lynn6.0
B. Martin1.2
J. Chavez (L, 2-2)0.1
Total8.0
PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
R. Porcello6.25220604.691.3517.0
B. Workman (BS, 2)1.10101201.760.883.0
M. Barnes (W, 3-1)1.00001203.621.1310.0
Total9.05322100---
PITCHERSIP
R. Porcello6.2
B. Workman (BS, 2)1.1
M. Barnes (W, 3-1)1.0
Total9.0
PITCHING
  • WP - L. Lynn (9)
  • IBB - B. Martin
  • Pitches-Strikes - L. Lynn 100-64, B. Martin 26-17, J. Chavez 17-6
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - L. Lynn 4-5, B. Martin 1-1, J. Chavez 1-0
  • Batters Faced - L. Lynn 24, B. Martin 8, J. Chavez 5
PITCHING
  • WP - M. Barnes (4)
  • IBB - B. Workman
  • HBP - B. Workman
  • Pitches-Strikes - R. Porcello 101-67, B. Workman 17-12, M. Barnes 18-9
  • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - R. Porcello 6-8, B. Workman 2-1, M. Barnes 1-0
  • Batters Faced - R. Porcello 25, B. Workman 7, M. Barnes 4
  • 9TH INNING
    Betts walked, Hernandez scored, Bradley to third, Chavis to second34
  • 8TH INNING
    Andrus hit sacrifice fly to right, Choo scored, DeShields to third33
  • 5TH INNING
    Benintendi doubled to left center, Chavis scored23
  • 3RD INNING
    Benintendi tripled to deep center, Bradley scored22
  • 1ST INNING
    Devers singled to center, Benintendi scored21
    Pence doubled to deep center, Andrus and Mazara scored20
  • 9TH INNING
    • Matt Barnes relieved Brandon Workman
    • A. Cabrera: Foul, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • R. Odor: Ball, Odor grounded out to first
    • R. Guzman: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Guzman walked
    • T. Federowicz: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Guzman to second on wild pitch, Strike swinging, Federowicz struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • J. Chavez Pitching:
    • C. Vazquez: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Vazquez doubled to deep center
    • Marco Hernandez ran for Christian Vazquez
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Bradley singled to right, Hernandez to third
    • M. Chavis: Ball, Ball, Bradley to second, Ball, Ball, Chavis walked
    • M. Betts: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked, Hernandez scored, Bradley to third, Chavis to second
  • 8TH INNING
    • Danny Santana hit for Jeff Mathis
    • D. Santana: Ball, Strike looking, Santana grounded out to third
    • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Choo hit by pitch
    • D. DeShields: DeShields hit sacrifice bunt to pitcher, Choo to third on catcher Vazquez throwing error
    • El. Andrus: Ball, Andrus hit sacrifice fly to right, Choo scored, DeShields to third
    • N. Mazara: Mazara intentionally walked
    • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Mazara stole second, Foul, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 8th (1 Run, 0 Hits, 1 Error)
    • Tim Federowicz catching
    • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Benintendi popped out to second
    • JD. Martinez: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • R. Devers: Ball, Devers doubled to deep right
    • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts intentionally walked
    • Eduardo Nunez hit for Brock Holt
    • Jesse Chavez relieved Brett Martin
    • E. Nunez: Nunez reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Bogaerts out at second
    • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 7TH INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • H. Pence: Foul, Foul, Ball, Pence grounded out to second
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Cabrera struck out swinging
    • R. Odor: Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Odor singled to center
    • Brandon Workman relieved Rick Porcello
    • R. Guzman: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Guzman struck out swinging
    • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • Brett Martin relieved Lance Lynn
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez reached on an infield single to pitcher
    • J. Bradley: Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • M. Chavis: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Chavis struck out swinging
    • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Betts reached on fielder's choice to third, Vazquez out at second
    • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 6TH INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
    • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, DeShields struck out looking
    • El. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Andrus doubled to deep center
    • N. Mazara: Mazara flied out to deep right
    • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • R. Devers: Devers lined out to first
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Foul, Strike looking, Bogaerts struck out looking
    • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Holt grounded out to second
    • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 5TH INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Odor lined out to first
    • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Guzman grounded out to first
    • J. Mathis: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Mathis flied out to left
    • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
    • M. Chavis: Strike swinging, Chavis reached on an infield single to shortstop
    • M. Betts: Betts flied out to right
    • A. Benintendi: Benintendi doubled to left center, Chavis scored
    • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Martinez struck out looking
    • End of the 5th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 4TH INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
    • H. Pence: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Pence struck out swinging
    • A. Cabrera: Cabrera grounded out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Devers grounded out to second
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Bogaerts grounded out to shortstop
    • B. Holt: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Holt tripled to deep center
    • C. Vazquez: Vazquez flied out to right
    • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 3RD INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, DeShields fouled out to catcher
    • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus flied out to right
    • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • J. Bradley: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked
    • M. Chavis: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Chavis struck out looking
    • M. Betts: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley stole second
    • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Benintendi tripled to deep center, Bradley scored
    • JD. Martinez: Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • End of the 3rd (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
  • 2ND INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • R. Odor: Ball, Odor fouled out to third
    • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Guzman grounded out to shortstop
    • J. Mathis: Mathis grounded out to third
    • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts lined out to center
    • B. Holt: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Holt grounded out to first
    • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Vazquez struck out looking
    • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
  • 1ST INNING
    • R. Porcello Pitching:
    • S. Choo: Choo flied out to right
    • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, DeShields grounded out to shortstop
    • El. Andrus: Strike looking, Foul, Andrus singled to right center
    • N. Mazara: Mazara doubled to deep center, Andrus to third
    • H. Pence: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Pence doubled to deep center, Andrus and Mazara scored
    • A. Cabrera: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Cabrera popped out to shortstop
    • Middle of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
    • L. Lynn Pitching:
    • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Betts flied out to right
    • A. Benintendi: Ball, Benintendi doubled to deep left
    • JD. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
    • R. Devers: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Benintendi to third on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Foul, Devers singled to center, Benintendi scored
    • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Devers caught stealing second, catcher to shortstop
    • End of the 1st (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)