Red Sox beat Rangers 8-4 for 8th straight win

BOSTON (AP) Andrew Benintendi bolstered his All-Star credentials, then happily left it up to the fans to decide.

Benintendi hit two doubles and drove in two runs in his final game before fan votes are tallied, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 8-4 on Tuesday night to extend their winning streak to eight games.

''More importantly, we won the game,'' Benintendi said. ''We had a lot of big hits from a lot of guys tonight.''

Eight players had hits for Boston and Benintendi was one of four with two - his fifth straight game with multiple hits. He also walked and stole a base while helping the Red Sox improve on the best record in the majors with their eighth straight win.

Jackie Bradley Jr. hit a pair of RBI doubles and Xander Bogaerts hit a two-run triple as Boston scored five runs in the third and won for the 15th time in 18 games.

''We're having fun. It's pretty good a lineup right now from top to bottom,'' Boston manager Alex Cora said.

Matt Barnes (3-2) got the win with one inning of relief, striking out the side in the seventh after the Rangers had pulled within 6-4 with two runs in the sixth. He was the fourth of five relievers the Red Sox rode to another victory after getting three solid innings from Hector Velazquez, who was making his first start since April and wasn't expected to go much longer Tuesday after spending the previous two months in the bullpen.

Rougned Odor homered and Joey Gallo hit a two-run double for the Rangers, who have lost four of five.

Texas also ran into some tough defense, including a diving grab by Bradley on a sinking line drive and a catch by Mookie Betts at the right-field wall to rob Nomar Mazara of a home run.

''That's this ballpark. You know that coming in,'' Texas manager Jeff Banister said. ''You've got a very athletic guy in right field - this is his home ballpark - and he knows how to play it.''

Yovani Gallardo (3-1) made it through the first two innings without allowing a baserunner, but ran into trouble in the third.

After entering the inning with a 1-0 lead, Gallardo faced the entire Boston lineup in the third as the Red Sox tagged him for six hits - three of them doubles - and five runs.

Blake Swihart and Bradley started the rally on back-to-back doubles with one out. Gallardo struck out Mookie Betts for the second out, but Benintendi doubled in a run, Martinez singled and Xander Bogaerts hit a triple over the head of Delino DeShields in the center-field triangle to drive in two more and put the Red Sox up 5-1.

Velazquez allowed one run on two hits over the first three innings. Jalen Beeks, recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket earlier Tuesday, pitched the next 2 1/3, allowing three runs on four hits, before he was pulled for Brandon Workman with one out in the sixth and runners at second and third.

Odor, whose homer in the second cleared the Texas bullpen and landed deep in the tunnel in right, singled and Isiah Kiner-Falefa doubled before Workman came on to face Gallo, whose double to center scored two to pull the Rangers to 6-4.

Barnes took over in the seventh, Joe Kelly pitched the eighth and Ryan Brasier finished it off with a scoreless ninth.

LAST CALL

The (hash)VoteBenny campaign, written in chalk behind home plate as the Red Sox lobbied for a sixth All-Star for next week's game, officially will close on Wednesday afternoon. Benintendi said he's enjoyed the support of his teammates, but will be happy to return from the All-Star break no matter where he spends next week.

''They know I''m not really that kind of guy to hype myself up, but it's been kind of funny to watch and see them get into it,'' Benintendi said. ''Whatever happens. It's out of my hands.''

NOW CATCHING

Swihart started at catcher, where the Red Sox are down a man for up to two months as Christian Vazquez recovers from a broken finger. He said facing six different pitchers Tuesday will likely help him adjust defensively and he's happy to have more opportunities to join the potent lineup at the plate.

''It kind of helped me out, just seeing a lot fo those guys and trying to get a rhythm,'' said Swihart, who went 2-for-4 and scored a run. ''My legs will be tired probably tomorrow from running and stuff.''

TRAINER'S ROOM

Red Sox: Vazquez (broken finger) and IF Marco Hernandez (left shoulder) both had surgery Tuesday. Hernandez will miss the rest of the season and Vazquez is out 6 to 8 weeks, the Red Sox said.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Bartolo Colon (5-6, 4.65 ERA) gets another chance at passing Dennis Martinez as the winningest Latin-American pitcher in major league history. Colon and Martinez are tied with 245 career victories.

Red Sox: LHP Chris Sale (9-4, 2.36) has struck out 11 or more in each of his last four starts.

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  • W: M. Barnes (3-2)L: Y. Gallardo (3-1)
  • HR: TEX - R. Odor (6)
PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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S. Choo DH30000211.290.399.500.8991.5
E. Andrus SS50100012.246.311.351.6620.5
N. Mazara RF40000012.267.330.449.778-0.5
A. Beltre 3B40000032.289.351.404.754-1.5
R. Odor 2B33211000.242.320.384.70310.0
R. Guzman 1B40200001.260.332.442.7743.0
I. Kiner-Falefa C41100001.251.323.351.6743.0
J. Gallo LF20120200.189.298.447.7456.0
D. DeShields CF40000014.215.311.285.596-0.5
    HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
    M. Betts RF42200111.346.435.6751.1105.5
    A. Benintendi LF41220103.298.383.523.90610.0
    J. Martinez DH31100112.331.395.6511.0452.5
    M. Moreland 1B21120100.285.355.517.8725.0
    X. Bogaerts SS40120003.277.350.516.8655.0
    B. Holt 2B40100013.295.374.398.7710.5
    R. Devers 3B30000101.241.292.424.7151.0
    B. Swihart C42200000.200.261.235.4965.0
    J. Bradley CF41220001.205.295.337.6327.0
      BATTING
      • 2B - R. Guzman (10), I. Kiner-Falefa (13), J. Gallo (13)
      • HR - R. Odor (6)
      • RBI - R. Odor (24), J. Gallo 2 (50)
      BATTING
      • 2B - M. Betts (25), A. Benintendi 2 (25), B. Swihart (3), J. Bradley 2 (15)
      • 3B - X. Bogaerts
      • SF - M. Moreland (3)
      • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (57), M. Moreland 2 (45), X. Bogaerts 2 (56), J. Bradley 2 (29)
      • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (19), M. Moreland (13), X. Bogaerts 2 (20), J. Bradley (10)
      BASERUNNING
      • SB - A. Benintendi (17)
      FIELDING
      • Outfield Assist - D. DeShields (6)
      • DP - 2 (Andrus-Odor-Guzman; Andrus-Guzman)
      • E - I. Kiner-Falefa (8)
      FIELDING
      • DP - (Beeks-Bogaerts-Moreland)
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      Y. Gallardo (L, 3-1)5.07662208.601.71-4.0
      R. Rodriguez1.25221105.402.10-4.5
      A. Claudio1.10002004.321.581.0
      PITCHERSIP
      Y. Gallardo (L, 3-1)5.0
      R. Rodriguez1.2
      A. Claudio1.1
      PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
      H. Velazquez3.02112212.771.425.0
      J. Beeks2.143311012.792.37-1.5
      B. Workman (H, 3)0.21000001.800.87-1.0
      M. Barnes (W, 3-2)1.00000302.271.0111.5
      J. Kelly1.00000003.231.053.0
      R. Brasier1.00001100.000.502.5
      PITCHERSIP
      H. Velazquez3.0
      J. Beeks2.1
      B. Workman (H, 3)0.2
      M. Barnes (W, 3-2)1.0
      J. Kelly1.0
      R. Brasier1.0
      PITCHING
      • IBB - R. Rodriguez, A. Claudio (3)
      • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Gallardo 97-52, R. Rodriguez 26-18, A. Claudio 26-13
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Gallardo 8-4, R. Rodriguez 1-1, A. Claudio 4-0
      • Batters Faced - Y. Gallardo 23, R. Rodriguez 9, A. Claudio 6
      PITCHING
      • HBP - J. Beeks
      • Pitches-Strikes - H. Velazquez 49-32, J. Beeks 49-27, B. Workman 11-7, M. Barnes 15-10, J. Kelly 9-6, R. Brasier 15-8
      • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Velazquez 5-2, J. Beeks 3-2, B. Workman 1-1, J. Kelly 2-1, R. Brasier 1-1
      • Batters Faced - H. Velazquez 13, J. Beeks 12, B. Workman 3, M. Barnes 3, J. Kelly 3, R. Brasier 4
      PLAYERS OF THE GAME
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      HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
      S. Choo DH30000211.290.399.500.8991.5
      E. Andrus SS50100012.246.311.351.6620.5
      N. Mazara RF40000012.267.330.449.778-0.5
      A. Beltre 3B40000032.289.351.404.754-1.5
      R. Odor 2B33211000.242.320.384.70310.0
      R. Guzman 1B40200001.260.332.442.7743.0
      I. Kiner-Falefa C41100001.251.323.351.6743.0
      J. Gallo LF20120200.189.298.447.7456.0
      D. DeShields CF40000014.215.311.285.596-0.5
      Total3347314713-----
        HITTERSABRHRBIHRBBSOLOBAVGOBPSLGOPSFPTS
        M. Betts RF42200111.346.435.6751.1105.5
        A. Benintendi LF41220103.298.383.523.90610.0
        J. Martinez DH31100112.331.395.6511.0452.5
        M. Moreland 1B21120100.285.355.517.8725.0
        X. Bogaerts SS40120003.277.350.516.8655.0
        B. Holt 2B40100013.295.374.398.7710.5
        R. Devers 3B30000101.241.292.424.7151.0
        B. Swihart C42200000.200.261.235.4965.0
        J. Bradley CF41220001.205.295.337.6327.0
        Total32812805314-----
          BATTING
          • 2B - R. Guzman (10), I. Kiner-Falefa (13), J. Gallo (13)
          • HR - R. Odor (6)
          • RBI - R. Odor (24), J. Gallo 2 (50)
          BATTING
          • 2B - M. Betts (25), A. Benintendi 2 (25), B. Swihart (3), J. Bradley 2 (15)
          • 3B - X. Bogaerts
          • SF - M. Moreland (3)
          • RBI - A. Benintendi 2 (57), M. Moreland 2 (45), X. Bogaerts 2 (56), J. Bradley 2 (29)
          • 2-Out RBI - A. Benintendi (19), M. Moreland (13), X. Bogaerts 2 (20), J. Bradley (10)
          BASERUNNING
          • SB - A. Benintendi (17)
          FIELDING
          • Outfield Assist - D. DeShields (6)
          • DP - 2 (Andrus-Odor-Guzman; Andrus-Guzman)
          • E - I. Kiner-Falefa (8)
          FIELDING
          • DP - (Beeks-Bogaerts-Moreland)
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          Y. Gallardo (L, 3-1)5.07662208.601.71-4.0
          R. Rodriguez1.25221105.402.10-4.5
          A. Claudio1.10002004.321.581.0
          Total8.01288530---
          PITCHERSIP
          Y. Gallardo (L, 3-1)5.0
          R. Rodriguez1.2
          A. Claudio1.1
          Total8.0
          PITCHERSIPHRERBBSOHRERAWHIPFPTS
          H. Velazquez3.02112212.771.425.0
          J. Beeks2.143311012.792.37-1.5
          B. Workman (H, 3)0.21000001.800.87-1.0
          M. Barnes (W, 3-2)1.00000302.271.0111.5
          J. Kelly1.00000003.231.053.0
          R. Brasier1.00001100.000.502.5
          Total9.0744471---
          PITCHERSIP
          H. Velazquez3.0
          J. Beeks2.1
          B. Workman (H, 3)0.2
          M. Barnes (W, 3-2)1.0
          J. Kelly1.0
          R. Brasier1.0
          Total9.0
          PITCHING
          • IBB - R. Rodriguez, A. Claudio (3)
          • Pitches-Strikes - Y. Gallardo 97-52, R. Rodriguez 26-18, A. Claudio 26-13
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Y. Gallardo 8-4, R. Rodriguez 1-1, A. Claudio 4-0
          • Batters Faced - Y. Gallardo 23, R. Rodriguez 9, A. Claudio 6
          PITCHING
          • HBP - J. Beeks
          • Pitches-Strikes - H. Velazquez 49-32, J. Beeks 49-27, B. Workman 11-7, M. Barnes 15-10, J. Kelly 9-6, R. Brasier 15-8
          • Ground Balls-Fly Balls - H. Velazquez 5-2, J. Beeks 3-2, B. Workman 1-1, J. Kelly 2-1, R. Brasier 1-1
          • Batters Faced - H. Velazquez 13, J. Beeks 12, B. Workman 3, M. Barnes 3, J. Kelly 3, R. Brasier 4
          • 7TH INNING
            Benintendi doubled to deep left, Betts scored48
          • 6TH INNING
            Bradley doubled to left center, Swihart scored, Bradley out at third47
            Gallo doubled to deep center, Odor and Kiner-Falefa scored46
          • 5TH INNING
            Moreland hit sacrifice fly to center, Betts scored26
          • 4TH INNING
            Kiner-Falefa grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Odor scored, Guzman out at second25
          • 3RD INNING
            Bogaerts tripled to deep center, Martinez and Moreland scored15
            Moreland singled to right, Benintendi scored, Martinez to third13
            Benintendi doubled to deep center, Bradley scored12
            Bradley doubled to left center, Swihart scored11
          • 2ND INNING
            Odor homered to right10
          • 9TH INNING
            • Ryan Brasier relieved Joe Kelly
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Gallo flied out to deep right
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, DeShields struck out swinging
            • S. Choo: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Andrus grounded out to third
            • Middle of the 9th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 8TH INNING
            • Joe Kelly relieved Matt Barnes
            • R. Odor: Odor flied out to deep left
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Guzman grounded out to shortstop
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 8th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • A. Claudio Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Devers walked
            • B. Swihart: Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Swihart grounded out to pitcher, Devers to second
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Bradley grounded out to second, Devers to third
            • M. Betts: Betts intentionally walked
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Strike (foul tip), Ball, Pickoff attempt to first, Benintendi grounded out to second
            • End of the 8th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 7TH INNING
            • Matt Barnes relieved Brandon Workman
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Strike swinging, Andrus struck out swinging
            • N. Mazara: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Foul, Strike looking, Mazara struck out looking
            • A. Beltre: Foul, Strike looking, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 7th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • R. Rodriguez Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Betts singled to deep left
            • A. Benintendi: Foul, Pickoff attempt, Foul, Benintendi doubled to deep left, Betts scored
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Martinez struck out swinging
            • M. Moreland: Moreland intentionally walked
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts flied out to right
            • Alex Claudio relieved Ricardo Rodriguez
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Benintendi stole third, Moreland to second on catcher Kiner-Falefa fielding error, Ball, Foul, Holt grounded out to shortstop
            • End of the 7th (1 Run, 3 Hits, 2 Errors)
          • 6TH INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • R. Odor: Foul, Ball, Ball, Odor singled to center
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Guzman lined out to center
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Kiner-Falefa doubled to left, Odor to third
            • Brandon Workman relieved Jalen Beeks
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Strike swinging, Gallo doubled to deep center, Odor and Kiner-Falefa scored
            • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields flied out to left
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Choo grounded out to second
            • Middle of the 6th (2 Runs, 3 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Ricardo Rodriguez relieved Yovani Gallardo
            • B. Holt: Holt singled to shallow center
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Devers grounded into double play shortstop to first, Holt out at second
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Foul, Swihart reached on an infield single to pitcher
            • J. Bradley: Bradley doubled to left center, Swihart scored, Bradley out at third
            • End of the 6th (1 Run, 4 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 5TH INNING
            • J. Beeks Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Strike looking, Choo struck out looking
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Andrus singled to shallow right
            • N. Mazara: Ball, Mazara flied out to deep right
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Andrus out at second
            • Middle of the 5th (0 Runs, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Betts doubled to shallow left
            • A. Benintendi: Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Benintendi grounded out to first, Betts to third
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Martinez walked
            • M. Moreland: Pickoff attempt to first, Ball, Ball, Moreland hit sacrifice fly to center, Betts scored
            • X. Bogaerts: Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Strike looking, Ball, Bogaerts grounded into fielder's choice to shortstop, Martinez out at second
            • End of the 5th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
          • 4TH INNING
            • Jalen Beeks relieved Hector Velazquez
            • R. Odor: Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Ball, Ball, Odor hit by pitch
            • R. Guzman: Ball, Guzman singled to deep left, Odor to third
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Pickoff attempt to first, Foul, Kiner-Falefa grounded into double play pitcher to shortstop to first, Odor scored, Guzman out at second
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Gallo walked
            • D. DeShields: Ball, DeShields grounded into fielder's choice to third, Gallo out at second
            • Middle of the 4th (1 Run, 1 Hit, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Foul, Ball, Ball, Foul, Ball, Devers grounded out to third
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Swihart flied out to left
            • J. Bradley: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Bradley grounded out to second
            • End of the 4th (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 3RD INNING
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Ball, Choo walked
            • E. Andrus: Ball, Andrus popped out to third
            • N. Mazara: Pickoff attempt, Foul, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Mazara reached on fielder's choice to second, Choo out at second
            • A. Beltre: Ball, Foul, Foul, Ball, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • Middle of the 3rd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • R. Devers: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Devers lined out to center
            • B. Swihart: Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Swihart doubled to deep center
            • J. Bradley: Strike looking, Bradley doubled to left center, Swihart scored
            • M. Betts: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul tip, Betts struck out on foul tip
            • A. Benintendi: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Benintendi doubled to deep center, Bradley scored
            • J. Martinez: Ball, Ball, Martinez singled to shallow left, Benintendi to third
            • M. Moreland: Moreland singled to right, Benintendi scored, Martinez to third
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts tripled to deep center, Martinez and Moreland scored
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Ball, Foul, Holt grounded out to first
            • End of the 3rd (5 Runs, 6 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 2ND INNING
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • A. Beltre: Strike looking, Strike looking, Foul, Foul, Foul, Strike swinging, Beltre struck out swinging
            • R. Odor: Odor homered to right
            • R. Guzman: Strike looking, Guzman doubled to left
            • I. Kiner-Falefa: Strike looking, Strike looking, Kiner-Falefa grounded out to third
            • J. Gallo: Ball, Foul, Foul, Foul, Ball, Ball, Ball, Gallo walked
            • D. DeShields: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, DeShields flied out to right
            • Middle of the 2nd (1 Run, 2 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • M. Moreland: Ball, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Moreland grounded out to first
            • X. Bogaerts: Strike looking, Bogaerts grounded out to first
            • B. Holt: Strike looking, Ball, Ball, Strike looking, Foul, Ball, Strike looking, Holt struck out looking
            • End of the 2nd (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
          • 1ST INNING
            • H. Velazquez Pitching:
            • S. Choo: Strike looking, Choo grounded out to second
            • E. Andrus: Strike looking, Ball, Andrus grounded out to shortstop
            • N. Mazara: Strike looking, Strike swinging, Ball, Mazara grounded out to shortstop
            • Middle of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)
            • Y. Gallardo Pitching:
            • M. Betts: Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Strike looking, Ball, Foul, Betts flied out to right
            • A. Benintendi: Ball, Ball, Strike swinging, Ball, Ball, Benintendi walked
            • J. Martinez: Strike looking, Pickoff attempt, Ball, Pickoff attempt, Martinez grounded into double play shortstop to second to first, Benintendi out at second
            • End of the 1st (0 Runs, 0 Hits, 0 Errors)