BOSTON — Brock Holt’s return to Fenway Park in front of fans (returned in 2020 but without fans) was a good one, but not for the Brock star. The Red Sox crushed the bottom feeder Rangers, 6-0 Friday night to open a three-game set between the two clubs.
Kiké Hernandez would double to lead off the bottom half of the first, and Boston struck first as Xander Bogaerts’ RBI single put the Sox up 1-0. Kyle Schwarber would double with one out to put runners on the corners, but J.D. Martinez and Alex Verdugo allowed Texas starter Dane Dunning to escape the jam.
In the following inning, Christian Vazquez doubled, and Hernandez would add to his night with an RBI single in order to plate Vazquez.
Schwarber notched his second double of the night to lead off the third, missing a homer by about a foot or so as it hit high off the Green Monster. But Schwarber would try to snag third on a passed ball and would be thrown out by Rangers catcher Jonah Heim.
Xander Bogaerts socked a line drive over the monster in the fifth, as he tucked it just fair to make it a three-run lead for the Sox. After Schwarber walked, Martinez doubled down the left field line to put two on. Alex Verdugo proceeded to drive in both with a two-run double off the monster to knock Dunning out of the ballgame in just the fifth.
Chris Sale ended his night tossing five scoreless innings, allowing only five hits as he fanned five.
Jarren Duran led off the sixth with the double, and after a sac fly that moved him over to third, he scored on a groundout to make it 6-0 as Hernandez picked up an RBI.
Hansel Robles, Austin Davis, Hirokazu Sawamura, and Matt Barnes combined for four scoreless innings out of the bullpen, as the Red Sox took the series opener Friday night.
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