Red Sox win 4th straight, 6-2 over Rangers

BOSTON (AP) There's something about Boston Red Sox pitchers and 20-strikeout games.

There have been six major league games with that many strikeouts and the Red Sox made the list for the third time, fanning that many Texas Rangers for a 6-2 victory Thursday night and a sweep of the three-game series.

Five Boston pitchers combined on the 20 strikeouts with starter Drew Pomeranz getting 11 in six innings and closer Craig Kimbrel getting four in the ninth when the leadoff batter reached on a wild pitch strike three. Boston's Roger Clemens twice reached 20 strikeouts by himself.

''His stuff is nasty. What he is doing right now I have never seen anything like that,'' Red Sox reliever Matt Barnes said of Kimbrel.

Kimbrel has retired 53 of the last 56 batters he has faced and right-handed hitters are on an 0-for-41 streak.

Xander Bogaerts and Deven Marrero hit their first home runs of the season helping Boston to its fourth straight win.

''A lot has been made about our home run totals or lack thereof,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''Tonight was the first of what should be many more.''

Pomeranz (4-3), who tied his career high with the 11 strikeouts, made it as far as six innings for the third time this season and beat Texas for the first time in nine career outings.

''Felt lost for a couple of starts and wasn't satisfied,'' said Pomeranz, who gave up four hits and walked one. ''Tonight I felt more like last year.''

Elvis Andrus homered and Nomar Mazara had two hits and an RBI for Texas, which has lost four of five overall and 15 of 21 on the road.

''The sweep is surprising,'' Andrus said. ''But that's the beauty of baseball, I guess. You cannot take any team for granted. Even when you feel you're playing at your best, stuff like this can happen.''

Andrew Benintendi and Mitch Moreland had RBI singles in the first inning as Boston got to Rangers starter Nick Martinez (1-3) early.

Bogaerts hit a two-run homer in the third to put Boston ahead 4-0. Despite finishing with 21 home runs last year, Bogaerts needed 46 games to connect for the first time this season.

''Good to get one over the wall and get it out of the way,'' Bogaerts said.

Mike Napoli struck out four times while Pete Kozma and Andrus went down three times each. Every Ranger starter struck out at least once.

''Pomeranz was throwing well,'' Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy said. ''Obviously their bullpen came in and threw well also and they played better than we did overall tonight.''

Marrero homered in the eighth off Alex Claudio.

Martinez gave up four runs in five innings and is winless in four starts against Boston with a 6.46 ERA.

Andrus cut Boston's lead to 4-1 in the fourth inning with the homer, snapping an 0-for-9 drought.

Moreland tied his career high by driving in at least one run for the sixth straight game and extended his hitting streak to seven games, batting .393 in that stretch.

Boston swept Texas for the first time at Fenway Park since 2008. Since 2009, Texas has the best winning percentage at Fenway Park in the major leagues at .600.

STRIKING SUCCESS

Pomeranz recorded his 500th career strikeout when he whiffed Napoli for the final out of the fourth inning, his eighth of the game.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: 3B Adrian Beltre will play in extended spring training games in Arizona the next three days after being sidelined all season with a calf strain.

Red Sox: 2B Dustin Pedroia was removed from the game after five innings for precautionary reasons due to left knee pain. He is listed as day to day. ... LHP David Price will make his season debut Monday in Chicago against the White Sox despite surrendering six earned runs in 5 2/3 innings over his last two rehab starts. ... 3B Pablo Sandoval is 3 for 13 in four rehab games.

UP NEXT:

Rangers: Will send RHP A.J. Griffin (4-1) in the opener at Toronto.

Red Sox: LHP Eduardo Rodriguez (3-1) looks to win his fourth straight decision when they entertain Seattle on Friday.

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TEX24-24
000101000240
BOS25-21
20200002X6100
  • W: D. Pomeranz (4-3)L: N. Martinez (1-3)
  • HR: TEX - E. Andrus (6), BOS - X. Bogaerts (1), D. Marrero (1)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
D. DeShields CF31000110.287.358.343.7003.5
E. Andrus SS41111031.270.313.427.7404.5
N. Mazara RF40210010.274.341.457.7982.5
J. Lucroy C40000013.260.300.389.689-0.5
R. Odor DH40100032.207.259.351.610-0.5
M. Napoli 1B40000042.193.261.422.683-2.0
R. Rua LF30000020.224.289.395.684-1.0
J. Gallo 3B30000020.191.301.513.814-1.0
P. Kozma 2B30000030.174.269.304.574-1.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF40100101.286.365.486.8514.0
    D. Pedroia 2B21000100.288.366.374.7402.0
    J. Rutledge 2B20000012.286.362.286.647-0.5
    X. Bogaerts SS42221011.335.398.470.86710.5
    A. Benintendi LF31110100.288.367.424.7906.0
    H. Ramirez DH30000112.255.346.416.7620.5
    M. Moreland 1B30210000.273.369.466.8354.0
    J. Bradley CF30100102.204.284.359.6442.0
    C. Vazquez C41200014.338.366.455.8203.5
    D. Marrero 3B41121032.178.229.289.5185.5
      BATTING
      • HR - E. Andrus (6)
      • RBI - E. Andrus (22), N. Mazara (32)
      BATTING
      • 2B - C. Vazquez (7)
      • HR - X. Bogaerts, D. Marrero
      • RBI - X. Bogaerts 2 (17), A. Benintendi (26), M. Moreland (25), D. Marrero 2 (6)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (14), M. Moreland (9), D. Marrero 2 (3)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - D. DeShields (8)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - M. Betts (7), X. Bogaerts (8), A. Benintendi (7)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      N. Martinez (L, 1-3)5.07442414.691.31-1.0
      D. Alvarez0.00001003.481.84-1.0
      T. Barnette1.00000105.301.453.5
      K. Kela1.00002203.711.002.0
      A. Claudio1.03220012.861.09-2.0
      PITCHERSIP
      N. Martinez (L, 1-3)5.0
      D. Alvarez0.0
      T. Barnette1.0
      K. Kela1.0
      A. Claudio1.0
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Pomeranz (W, 4-3)6.042211114.701.3926.5
      H. Hembree (H, 10)0.20000204.091.501.0
      R. Scott (H, 7)0.10000100.840.660.5
      M. Barnes (H, 5)1.00000203.481.164.0
      C. Kimbrel1.00000400.870.395.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Pomeranz (W, 4-3)6.0
      H. Hembree (H, 10)0.2
      R. Scott (H, 7)0.1
      M. Barnes (H, 5)1.0
      C. Kimbrel1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - K. Kela
      • HBP - D. Alvarez
      • Pitches-Strikes - N. Martinez 95-59, D. Alvarez 11-3, T. Barnette 8-7, K. Kela 22-11, A. Claudio 21-16
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Martinez 5-5, T. Barnette 1-0, K. Kela 1-0, A. Claudio 2-1
      • Batters Faced - N. Martinez 23, D. Alvarez 2, T. Barnette 2, K. Kela 5, A. Claudio 6
      PITCHING
      • WP - C. Kimbrel (2)
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 96-64, H. Hembree 13-8, R. Scott 4-3, M. Barnes 21-14, C. Kimbrel 19-14
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 2-5
      • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 23, H. Hembree 2, R. Scott, M. Barnes 3, C. Kimbrel 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
      123456789RHE
      TEX24-24
      000101000240
      BOS25-21
      20200002X6100
      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      D. DeShields CF31000110.287.358.343.7003.5
      E. Andrus SS41111031.270.313.427.7404.5
      N. Mazara RF40210010.274.341.457.7982.5
      J. Lucroy C40000013.260.300.389.689-0.5
      R. Odor DH40100032.207.259.351.610-0.5
      M. Napoli 1B40000042.193.261.422.683-2.0
      R. Rua LF30000020.224.289.395.684-1.0
      J. Gallo 3B30000020.191.301.513.814-1.0
      P. Kozma 2B30000030.174.269.304.574-1.5
      Total3224211208-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF40100101.286.365.486.8514.0
        D. Pedroia 2B21000100.288.366.374.7402.0
        J. Rutledge 2B20000012.286.362.286.647-0.5
        X. Bogaerts SS42221011.335.398.470.86710.5
        A. Benintendi LF31110100.288.367.424.7906.0
        H. Ramirez DH30000112.255.346.416.7620.5
        M. Moreland 1B30210000.273.369.466.8354.0
        J. Bradley CF30100102.204.284.359.6442.0
        C. Vazquez C41200014.338.366.455.8203.5
        D. Marrero 3B41121032.178.229.289.5185.5
        Total32610625714-----
          BATTING
          • HR - E. Andrus (6)
          • RBI - E. Andrus (22), N. Mazara (32)
          BATTING
          • 2B - C. Vazquez (7)
          • HR - X. Bogaerts, D. Marrero
          • RBI - X. Bogaerts 2 (17), A. Benintendi (26), M. Moreland (25), D. Marrero 2 (6)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (14), M. Moreland (9), D. Marrero 2 (3)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - D. DeShields (8)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - M. Betts (7), X. Bogaerts (8), A. Benintendi (7)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          N. Martinez (L, 1-3)5.07442414.691.31-1.0
          D. Alvarez0.00001003.481.84-1.0
          T. Barnette1.00000105.301.453.5
          K. Kela1.00002203.711.002.0
          A. Claudio1.03220012.861.09-2.0
          Total8.01066572---
          PITCHERSIP
          N. Martinez (L, 1-3)5.0
          D. Alvarez0.0
          T. Barnette1.0
          K. Kela1.0
          A. Claudio1.0
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Pomeranz (W, 4-3)6.042211114.701.3926.5
          H. Hembree (H, 10)0.20000204.091.501.0
          R. Scott (H, 7)0.10000100.840.660.5
          M. Barnes (H, 5)1.00000203.481.164.0
          C. Kimbrel1.00000400.870.395.0
          Total9.14221211---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Pomeranz (W, 4-3)6.0
          H. Hembree (H, 10)0.2
          R. Scott (H, 7)0.1
          M. Barnes (H, 5)1.0
          C. Kimbrel1.0
          Total9.1
          PITCHING
          • IBB - K. Kela
          • HBP - D. Alvarez
          • Pitches-Strikes - N. Martinez 95-59, D. Alvarez 11-3, T. Barnette 8-7, K. Kela 22-11, A. Claudio 21-16
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - N. Martinez 5-5, T. Barnette 1-0, K. Kela 1-0, A. Claudio 2-1
          • Batters Faced - N. Martinez 23, D. Alvarez 2, T. Barnette 2, K. Kela 5, A. Claudio 6
          PITCHING
          • WP - C. Kimbrel (2)
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Pomeranz 96-64, H. Hembree 13-8, R. Scott 4-3, M. Barnes 21-14, C. Kimbrel 19-14
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Pomeranz 2-5
          • Batters Faced - D. Pomeranz 23, H. Hembree 2, R. Scott, M. Barnes 3, C. Kimbrel 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Marrero homered to left, Vazquez scored26
          • 6TH INNING
            Mazara singled to center, DeShields scored24
          • 4TH INNING
            Andrus homered to left center14
          • 3RD INNING
            Bogaerts homered to left, Pedroia scored04
          • 1ST INNING
            Moreland singled to right center, Benintendi scored, Ramirez to third02
            Benintendi singled to center, Bogaerts scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • Craig Kimbrel relieved Matt Barnes
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mazara hit by pitch
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Lucroy struck out looking
            • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Matt Barnes relieved Robby Scott
            • P. Kozma: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Kozma struck out looking
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields flied out to deep right
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Alex Claudio relieved Keone Kela
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Ball, Moreland grounded out to pitcher
            • J. Bradley: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley grounded out to first
            • C. Vazquez: Foul, Ball, Foul, Vazquez doubled to deep left
            • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Ball, Marrero homered to left, Vazquez scored
            • M. Betts: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Betts singled to center
            • J. Rutledge: Strike looking, Strike looking, Rutledge lined out to third
            • End of the 8th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Heath Hembree relieved Drew Pomeranz
            • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • R. Rua: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • Robby Scott relieved Heath Hembree
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Keone Kela relieved Tony Barnette
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Betts walked
            • J. Rutledge: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Betts stole second
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Bogaerts struck out swinging
            • A. Benintendi: Benintendi intentionally walked
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ramirez reached on fielder's choice to third, Betts out at third
            • End of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • Josh Rutledge at second
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, DeShields walked
            • E. Andrus: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, DeShields stole second, Ball, Ball, Mazara singled to center, DeShields scored
            • J. Lucroy: Ball, Lucroy lined out to center
            • R. Odor: Strike swinging, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 6th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Dario Alvarez relieved Nick Martinez
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Moreland hit by pitch
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bradley walked, Moreland to second
            • Tony Barnette relieved Dario Alvarez
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Vazquez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Moreland to third, Bradley out at second
            • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Rua fouled out to third
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Gallo lined out to right
            • P. Kozma: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Kozma struck out looking
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts fouled out to catcher
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Strike looking, Benintendi flied out to deep left
            • H. Ramirez: Foul, Ramirez flied out to center
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus homered to left center
            • N. Mazara: Mazara grounded out to second
            • J. Lucroy: Lucroy lined out to second
            • R. Odor: Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Odor singled to deep right center
            • M. Napoli: Strike swinging, Foul, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Napoli struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • D. Marrero: Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts grounded out to second
            • D. Pedroia: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Pedroia grounded out to pitcher
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • J. Gallo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • P. Kozma: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Kozma struck out looking
            • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields fouled out to second
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Pedroia walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts homered to left, Pedroia scored
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi flied out to deep left
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez struck out looking
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Moreland singled to center
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Bradley singled to right, Moreland to second
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Odor struck out swinging
            • M. Napoli: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike looking, Napoli struck out looking
            • R. Rua: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Vazquez singled to right
            • D. Marrero: Foul, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Marrero struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Betts grounded into double play second to first, Vazquez out at second
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • D. Pomeranz Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Mazara singled to left
            • J. Lucroy: Strike looking, Lucroy reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Mazara out at second
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • N. Martinez Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Betts grounded out to second
            • D. Pedroia: Ball, Pedroia flied out to right
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts singled to left
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Bogaerts stole second, Ball, Ball, Benintendi singled to center, Bogaerts scored
            • H. Ramirez: Pickoff attempt, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Benintendi stole second, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • M. Moreland: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Moreland singled to right center, Benintendi scored, Ramirez to third
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Ball, Bradley reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Moreland out at second
            • End of the 1st (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)