Mazara 5 RBIs as Rangers win 11-5 over Red Sox and Price

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Nomar Mazara is cleaning up nicely for the Texas Rangers in the lineup spot usually occupied by Adrian Beltre, baseball's active career hits leader.

Mazara drove in five runs while homering in his third straight game and the Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 11-5 on Thursday night, handing former AL Cy Young Award winner David Price his third loss in a row.

''Obviously when he comes back, that's going to be his spot again,'' said Mazara, the primary cleanup hitter with Beltre out since April 25 because of a strained left hamstring. ''I don't really care what I'm hitting. ... I'm just going to stick to my plan, go up there and look for a pitch I can hit hard.''

Mazara had a two-run double off Price (2-4) in the third, and an inning later hit a towering three-run homer as the first batter after the Red Sox lefty was pulled from the game. Mazara's sixth homer gave Texas a 10-3 lead.

''He is by far one of the better young hitters in my opinion in this game, how he continues to grow,'' Banister said of the 23-year-old slugger. ''The spot doesn't seem to bother him.''

Mookie Betts homered again for Boston, his MLB-leading 12th homer in the third coming a day after he went deep three times at Fenway Park against Kansas City. Betts also had a two-run double and a sacrifice fly as the Red Sox opened an 11-day, 10-game trip.

''I mean, at least we can talk about that,'' Red Sox manager Alex Cora said of Betts. ''He just keeps rolling. He's fun to watch.''

Texas scored at least 10 runs for the first time this season. The 11 are the most allowed by the Red Sox, whose 22-9 record is still the best in the majors.

Mike Minor (3-1), a full-time reliever for the Royals last year after missing two full seasons with shoulder issues, worked six innings. The right-hander struck out four, walked three and allowed three runs.

Price allowed nine runs, his most since 2013 with Tampa Bay. He has been scored on 19 times (16 earned runs) over 17 innings during his three-game losing streak.

''It seems like there's no separation in his pitches right now,'' Cora said. ''And that's not him, as far as command issues. If he gets hit, he gets hit. But an 0-2 fastball to Mazara, up in the zone, he goes the other way.''

The last batter Price faced was rookie Isiah Kiner-Falefa, who came back from a 1-2 count to draw a bases-loaded walk . Hector Velazquez, the reliever, immediately threw a wild pitch to allow a run before Mazara homered.

Price said he feels fine physical and felt he had one of his better changeups this season.

''Just command of my cutter to my glove side wasn't really there,'' Price said. ''I didn't command the baseball very well.''

NIFTY MOVE

Red Sox 2B Eduardo Nunez was initially called out when sliding headfirst into second base in the fourth. Boston challenged the call, which was overturned on the replay that showed Nunez pulled his right arm away to avoid the tag while reaching around with his left arm to grab the bag. Nunez eventually scored on Betts' sac fly.

CATCHER SWITCH

Carlos Perez was added to the Rangers roster a day after the catcher was received on a waiver clam from Atlanta. Juan Centeno, the catcher who hit .162 in his 10 games, was designated for assignment.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Cora said lefty Eduardo Rodriguez ''most likely'' will be back to make his scheduled start Saturday. Rodriguez was placed on the family medical leave list Wednesday. ... INF Brock Holt (left hamstring) is set for early BP on Friday. He could then be ready for some at-bats in rehab games.

Rangers: Beltre, with 3,075 hits and Ichiro Suzuki no longer on Seattle's roster, and 2B Rougned Odor both took groundballs and BP before Thursday's game. Odor also has a left hamstring strain. ''Beltre, he is progressing,'' Banister said. ''For him to go out and do some light jogging, and groundballs and taking BP on the field, that's a good sign.''

UP NEXT

In the second game of a four-game series, Boston right-hander Rick Porcello tries to start 5-0 for the second time in three seasons. Bartolo Colon (1-0), the 44-year-old right-hander for Texas, goes for his 242nd career win. Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal's 243 wins are the most for a player born in the Dominican Republic.

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BOS22-9
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TEX13-20
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  • W: M. Minor (3-1)L: D. Price (2-4)
  • HR: BOS - M. Betts (12), TEX - N. Mazara (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
M. Betts RF41241000.370.449.8501.29911.0
H. Ramirez 1B40000103.300.376.436.8121.0
J. Martinez LF50200010.345.392.584.9761.5
X. Bogaerts SS30100102.365.397.6511.0483.0
T. Lin SS10000000.188.278.250.5280.0
R. Devers 3B51100014.261.313.429.7421.5
E. Nunez 2B41100013.243.277.393.6691.5
B. Swihart DH-C21000203.136.240.182.4223.0
C. Vazquez C41210010.200.253.247.5003.5
J. Bradley CF40000025.180.265.280.545-1.0
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    D. DeShields CF52200013.278.328.389.7163.5
    S. Choo DH51200014.258.342.438.7802.5
    I. Kiner-Falefa 2B41110103.276.321.408.7294.0
    N. Mazara RF51251011.285.333.472.80511.5
    J. Gallo 1B31000022.220.304.496.8001.0
    J. Profar SS22110210.244.350.384.7347.5
    R. Nunez 3B31010012.130.192.304.4971.5
    R. Chirinos C41210011.198.278.477.7554.5
    R. Rua LF41110013.207.230.310.5402.5
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (12), X. Bogaerts (9)
      • HR - M. Betts (12)
      • SF - M. Betts (2)
      • RBI - M. Betts 4 (25), C. Vazquez (5)
      • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 3 (9)
      BATTING
      • 2B - N. Mazara (5), R. Chirinos (6)
      • 3B - J. Profar
      • HR - N. Mazara (6)
      • SF - R. Nunez
      • RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (8), N. Mazara 5 (22), J. Profar (12), R. Nunez (2), R. Chirinos (12), R. Rua (4)
      • 2-Out RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (3), N. Mazara 5 (14)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - M. Betts (2)
      • E - X. Bogaerts 2 (3), R. Devers (7)
      FIELDING
      • E - D. DeShields, I. Kiner-Falefa (3)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      D. Price (L, 2-4)3.26972405.111.41-9.0
      H. Velazquez0.21111112.381.28-2.5
      M. Walden3.24100403.681.167.0
      PITCHERSIP
      D. Price (L, 2-4)3.2
      H. Velazquez0.2
      M. Walden3.2
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      M. Minor (W, 3-1)6.07333414.361.2417.0
      J. Leclerc1.22221201.860.72-1.0
      T. Barnette1.10000003.000.673.0
      PITCHERSIP
      M. Minor (W, 3-1)6.0
      J. Leclerc1.2
      T. Barnette1.1
      PITCHING
      • WP - H. Velazquez, M. Walden (2)
      • HBP - D. Price
      • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 86-54, H. Velazquez 18-8, M. Walden 53-34
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 3-5, H. Velazquez 2-0, M. Walden 5-1
      • Batters Faced - D. Price 21, H. Velazquez 5, M. Walden 14
      PITCHING
      • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 96-58, J. Leclerc 35-20, T. Barnette 17-10
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 6-8, J. Leclerc 3-1, T. Barnette 4-0
      • Batters Faced - M. Minor 28, J. Leclerc 9, T. Barnette 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      BOS22-9
      001200020593
      TEX13-20
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      M. Betts RF41241000.370.449.8501.29911.0
      H. Ramirez 1B40000103.300.376.436.8121.0
      J. Martinez LF50200010.345.392.584.9761.5
      X. Bogaerts SS30100102.365.397.6511.0483.0
      T. Lin SS10000000.188.278.250.5280.0
      R. Devers 3B51100014.261.313.429.7421.5
      E. Nunez 2B41100013.243.277.393.6691.5
      B. Swihart DH-C21000203.136.240.182.4223.0
      C. Vazquez C41210010.200.253.247.5003.5
      J. Bradley CF40000025.180.265.280.545-1.0
      Total3659514620-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        D. DeShields CF52200013.278.328.389.7163.5
        S. Choo DH51200014.258.342.438.7802.5
        I. Kiner-Falefa 2B41110103.276.321.408.7294.0
        N. Mazara RF51251011.285.333.472.80511.5
        J. Gallo 1B31000022.220.304.496.8001.0
        J. Profar SS22110210.244.350.384.7347.5
        R. Nunez 3B31010012.130.192.304.4971.5
        R. Chirinos C41210011.198.278.477.7554.5
        R. Rua LF41110013.207.230.310.5402.5
        Total3511111013919-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Betts (12), X. Bogaerts (9)
          • HR - M. Betts (12)
          • SF - M. Betts (2)
          • RBI - M. Betts 4 (25), C. Vazquez (5)
          • 2-Out RBI - M. Betts 3 (9)
          BATTING
          • 2B - N. Mazara (5), R. Chirinos (6)
          • 3B - J. Profar
          • HR - N. Mazara (6)
          • SF - R. Nunez
          • RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (8), N. Mazara 5 (22), J. Profar (12), R. Nunez (2), R. Chirinos (12), R. Rua (4)
          • 2-Out RBI - I. Kiner-Falefa (3), N. Mazara 5 (14)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - M. Betts (2)
          • E - X. Bogaerts 2 (3), R. Devers (7)
          FIELDING
          • E - D. DeShields, I. Kiner-Falefa (3)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          D. Price (L, 2-4)3.26972405.111.41-9.0
          H. Velazquez0.21111112.381.28-2.5
          M. Walden3.24100403.681.167.0
          Total8.011118391---
          PITCHERSIP
          D. Price (L, 2-4)3.2
          H. Velazquez0.2
          M. Walden3.2
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          M. Minor (W, 3-1)6.07333414.361.2417.0
          J. Leclerc1.22221201.860.72-1.0
          T. Barnette1.10000003.000.673.0
          Total9.0955461---
          PITCHERSIP
          M. Minor (W, 3-1)6.0
          J. Leclerc1.2
          T. Barnette1.1
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • WP - H. Velazquez, M. Walden (2)
          • HBP - D. Price
          • Pitches-Strikes - D. Price 86-54, H. Velazquez 18-8, M. Walden 53-34
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - D. Price 3-5, H. Velazquez 2-0, M. Walden 5-1
          • Batters Faced - D. Price 21, H. Velazquez 5, M. Walden 14
          PITCHING
          • Pitches-Strikes - M. Minor 96-58, J. Leclerc 35-20, T. Barnette 17-10
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - M. Minor 6-8, J. Leclerc 3-1, T. Barnette 4-0
          • Batters Faced - M. Minor 28, J. Leclerc 9, T. Barnette 4
          • 8TH INNING
            Betts doubled to deep left, Swihart and Vazquez scored511
          • 7TH INNING
            Chirinos doubled to deep left, Nunez scored311
          • 4TH INNING
            Mazara homered to center, DeShields and Kiner-Falefa scored310
            Rua scored, DeShields to third, Kiner-Falefa to second on wild pitch37
            Kiner-Falefa walked, Chirinos scored, Rua to third, DeShields to second36
            Rua singled to center, Profar scored, Chirinos to second35
            Betts hit sacrifice fly to right, Nunez scored, Swihart to third34
            Vazquez singled to shallow left, Devers scored, Nunez to third, Swihart to second24
          • 3RD INNING
            Mazara doubled to left, DeShields and Choo scored14
            Betts homered to left12
          • 2ND INNING
            Nunez hit sacrifice fly to left, Profar scored02
            Profar tripled to deep right center, Gallo scored01
          • 9TH INNING
            • T. Barnette Pitching:
            • JD. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Martinez grounded out to shortstop
            • T. Lin: Ball, Lin grounded out to second
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Ball, Devers grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • J. Leclerc Pitching:
            • E. Nunez: Ball, Nunez flied out to right
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Foul, Ball, Swihart walked
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Vazquez singled to right, Swihart to second
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Bradley struck out swinging
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Betts doubled to deep left, Swihart and Vazquez scored
            • Tony Barnette relieved Jose Leclerc
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ramirez grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Tzu-Wei Lin at shortstop
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Choo singled to right
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Choo out at second
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Mazara struck out swinging
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Jose Leclerc relieved Mike Minor
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Strike looking, Ramirez grounded out to shortstop
            • JD. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • X. Bogaerts: Bogaerts safe at first on 2nd baseman Kiner-Falefa fielding error
            • R. Devers: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Devers grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Bogaerts out at second
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • M. Walden Pitching:
            • Ju. Profar: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Profar struck out swinging
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Nunez safe at first on shortstop Bogaerts fielding error, Nunez to second
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Chirinos doubled to deep left, Nunez scored
            • R. Rua: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Rua grounded out to pitcher
            • D. DeShields: DeShields lined out to center
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 6TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez grounded out to shortstop
            • J. Bradley: Bradley lined out to second
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Betts grounded out to first
            • Middle of the 6th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • M. Walden Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Choo singled to left
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa singled to right, Choo out at third
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Ball, Mazara grounded out to first, Kiner-Falefa to second
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa to third on wild pitch, Ball, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • End of the 6th (0 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 5TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • JD. Martinez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Martinez reached on an infield single to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Bogaerts walked, Martinez to second
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Devers reached on fielder's choice to second, Martinez to third, Bogaerts out at second
            • E. Nunez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Swihart grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Devers out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • Ju. Profar: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Profar walked
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Foul, Strike swinging, Nunez struck out swinging
            • R. Chirinos: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Chirinos reached on fielder's choice to shortstop, Profar to third on shortstop Bogaerts fielding error
            • Marcus Walden relieved Hector Velazquez
            • R. Rua: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Rua struck out swinging
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Foul, DeShields grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Chirinos out at second
            • End of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 1 Error)
          • 4TH INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Ball, Devers singled to right
            • E. Nunez: Pickoff attempt, Nunez singled to center, Devers to third, Nunez to second on center fielder DeShields fielding error
            • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Swihart walked
            • C. Vazquez: Ball, Vazquez singled to shallow left, Devers scored, Nunez to third, Swihart to second
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Foul, Strike looking, Bradley struck out looking
            • M. Betts: Ball, Betts hit sacrifice fly to right, Nunez scored, Swihart to third
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Ball, Ramirez grounded out to pitcher
            • Middle of the 4th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 1 Error)
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • Ju. Profar: Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Profar walked
            • R. Nunez: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Strike swinging, Ball, Nunez fouled out to first
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Chirinos singled to left, Profar to second
            • R. Rua: Foul, Rua singled to center, Profar scored, Chirinos to second
            • D. DeShields: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, DeShields singled to right, Chirinos to third, Rua to second
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Choo struck out swinging
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa walked, Chirinos scored, Rua to third, DeShields to second
            • Hector Velazquez relieved David Price
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Rua scored, DeShields to third, Kiner-Falefa to second on wild pitch, Foul, Ball, Ball, Mazara homered to center, DeShields and Kiner-Falefa scored
            • J. Gallo: Gallo grounded out to first
            • End of the 4th (6 Runs, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • C. Vazquez: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Vazquez struck out swinging
            • J. Bradley: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Bradley fouled out to catcher
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts homered to left
            • H. Ramirez: Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ramirez walked
            • JD. Martinez: Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Martinez singled to center, Ramirez to second
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Foul, Bogaerts flied out to center
            • Middle of the 3rd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • R. Rua: Strike looking, Rua grounded out to third
            • D. DeShields: Ball, Strike looking, DeShields reached on an infield single to shortstop
            • S. Choo: Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Choo safe at first on 3rd baseman Devers fielding error, DeShields to second
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Foul, Kiner-Falefa popped out to third
            • N. Mazara: Foul, Foul, Mazara doubled to left, DeShields and Choo scored
            • J. Gallo: Strike swinging, Foul, Strike swinging, Gallo struck out swinging
            • End of the 3rd (2 Runs, 2 Hits, 1 Error)
          • 2ND INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Bogaerts doubled to center
            • R. Devers: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Devers struck out looking
            • E. Nunez: Nunez flied out to deep center
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Swihart flied out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Mazara lined out to center
            • J. Gallo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gallo hit by pitch
            • Ju. Profar: Ball, Profar tripled to deep right center, Gallo scored
            • R. Nunez: Strike looking, Nunez hit sacrifice fly to left, Profar scored
            • R. Chirinos: Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Ball, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Chirinos struck out swinging
            • End of the 2nd (2 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • M. Minor Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Betts flied out to left
            • H. Ramirez: Ramirez grounded out to third
            • JD. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez flied out to right
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • D. Price Pitching:
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Foul, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Choo grounded out to third
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Ball, Kiner-Falefa lined out to center
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)