Jackie Bradley Jr. had himself a major league night and the Red Sox won their first game at Fenway Park in 2014, beating the Texas Rangers 5-1 behind the second solid start by John Lackey. Bradley did it all against the Rangers tonight: driving in two runs and scoring one to go along with three hits, and he made a couple of top-notch web gems in right field to round out his night. "It's a start," Bradley said about the approach that made him successful Monday night. "It's a work in progress and I'm continuously trying to get better every day... "Just trying to see some good pitches that I can put some good swings on and handle. Definitely with [Rangers starter Tanner] Sheppers on the mound, he's got some really good life on his ball so I definitely wanted to be aggressive early with strikes there in the zone." Red Sox manager John Farrell was also impressed with JBJ's efforts with the bat and glove. "He executed well offensively," Farrell said. "Obviously the big RBI single in the second at-bat, but two very good defensive plays, the one that he slid in on that ball was in the lights and he was able to take an angle where he got underneath it well enough to pick it up out of the lights and on the ball from Arencibia, he goes back to the track and he makes a good running catch and it's just good to see him get in the flow of things, get in the mix. It's been a different first 10 days of the year for him but I think we've talked so many times about the importance of right field here, the defense out there and tonight he was very good." The Red Sox -- who banged out 14 hits on the night -- were leading 2-1 entering the bottom of the eighth and picked up an insurance run when Bradley singled on a bunt ground ball to embattled first baseman Prince Fielder that scored A.J. Pierzynski after Fielder threw the ball away for an error. Daniel Nava made it 4-1 when he smoked a single to right field scoring Jonathan Herrera. Bradley then came home when Dustin Pedroia grounded to third baseman Adrian Beltre which forced Nava out at second, but Pedroia managed to stay out of the double play and Bradley scored the Red Sox fifth run of the night.
Jackie Bradley Jr. stars, John Lackey sharp again as Red Sox beat Rangers, 5-1
Boston Globe | Apr 8