The Red Sox fell to the Rangers Sunday 5-3, after the Red Sox bullpen blew the lead late in the ballgame. It would be old friend Brock Holt to drive in the go-ahead run for the Rangers, and propel Texas to victory.
Despite the loss, Garrett Richards had another solid start, his second consecutive after starting the season 0-2 with a 6.48 ERA. The righty tossed five innings, allowing just a run on four hits while striking out seven, and walking just one batter.
“He was really good again,” Red Sox manager Alex Cora said. “He was in command. Obviously the pitch count was up, but that’s credit to the Rangers. He seems like he’s in control, and the games not going fast for him.”
“We’re very pleased with the way he’s throwing the ball,” Cora later added.
Xander Bogaerts would hit a solo shot in the fourth inning for his fifth home run of the season. The Red Sox other two runs came from an RBI groundout in the second from Hunter Renfroe, and an RBI single from Kike Hernandez in the seventh.
Heading into the eighth inning, the Red Sox were up 3-2. But Adam Ottavino would surrender three runs, and would be given the loss.
The first run to tie the game was an RBI single from David Dahl, and then a two-run double from former Red Sox Brock Holt would put the Rangers out in front, and they would never look back.
The Red Sox fall to 17-12 on the season, but remain in sole possession of first place in the AL East. They’ll have an off day Monday, before going back home for a three game slate against the Tigers. After that they’ll pack their bags for Baltimore for a four game slate.