With Yu Darvish down, Colby Lewis and Derek Holland hitting the disabled list, the Rangers admitting that Sam Dyson has been overused, and a disastrous loss last night with two-out in the 9th in a 7-4 game, tonight's game felt like a big one with folks beginning to fret about the other shoe dropping on a magical first three months for the Rangers.
Of course, the Red Sox sent the American League's ERA leader to the mound and the Rangers countered with a starter who hadn't pitched since early May and was on a 90-ish pitch limit. Boston starter Steven Wright looked like the kind of knuckleball annoyance who had mowed through the AL against Texas in the first three innings while A.J. Griffin looked good, though a tad rusty.
The Red Sox led 1-0 early after a solo shot by Hanley Ramirez and the Rangers weren't doing much with the bats against Wright or when they did, the Red Sox outfield was flying all over the place to collect anything hit their way.
Ian Desmond stepped in and tied the game with a solo home run of his own as he continued his unreal season at the plate. From there, Wright allowed eight runs (though only three earned) while Griffin held the Red Sox to just two runs in his 4 1/3 innings in his return against the American League's best offensive team.
Momentum doesn't exist in baseball.
Player of the Game: Elvis Andrus had one hit in the game but it was the biggest one of the night as he tripled with the bases loaded to to make a 4-2 game a 7-2 game and unclench a lot of butts in the greater Metroplex.
Up Next: The Rangers will play the rubber game between the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon with Martin Perez on the mound against RHP Clay Buchholz of Boston. First pitch is scheduled for 2:05 pm CT.