David Ortiz came through big when it mattered and the Red Sox came away with a win over the Rangers 4-2 in the rubber game of the three game series at Fenway. Ortiz crushed a three-run homer on a 1-1 pitch off Rangers lefty reliever Neal Cotts into the right field seats to give the Red Sox a 4-2 lead in the eighth inning when Jackie Bradley Jr. and Dustin Pedroia scored ahead of him. Koji Uehara came on in the ninth inning for Boston to close out the win. The Rangers had just jumped back on top in the top in the eighth when Alex Rios hit a sacrifice fly off Red Sox lefty Andrew Miller and Elvis Andrus came in to score from third to give Texas a 2-1 lead. Rios led off the eighth with a double off Miller advanced to third and scored on the sac fly to Bradley in center. Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland ruined Jake Peavy's shutout when he homered over the wall in right field on a 2-0 pitch to lead off the seventh inning to tie the game, 1-1. Peavy was dominant in his second start of the young season, striking out the side in the top of the fourth, and leaving the game after 6-2/3 giving up the one run on three hits to go with 8 Ks and a four walks. The eight strikeouts tied the most Peavy has had as a member of the Red Sox, he whiffed eight Orioles in a game last September. Junichi Tazawa came on in relief of Peavy and give up a hit but he got out of the seventh without letting a run across before Miller came in to pitch the eighth. The Red Sox didn't put the ball in play out of the infield through five innings and have only two hits on the day. Jackie Bradley Jr. scored the first run of the game in the third when Dustin Pedroia grounded to Rangers starter Robert Ross who tried to get Pedroia at first but the ball sailed into right field allowing Bradley to score on the error. Bradley walked to start the inning. The Rangers avoided further damage in the third when David Ortiz hit in to a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. It was the first of three double plays that snuffed out Red Sox rallies after Boston hit into five DPs last night. On the defensive side for the Red Sox, catcher David Ross made a nice throw on a 2-3 stolen base pickoff at first base in the top of the third inning with the game scoreless.
David Ortiz three-run homer rallies Red Sox past Rangers, 4-2
Boston Globe | Apr 10