The Texas Rangers had three straight two-out hits off Rick Porcello in the top of the first — capped by a Hunter Pence double — to go up 2-0 and then didn’t have another hit until Elvis Andrus hit one off the Monster with two outs in the top of the sixth.
By the time the Rangers had that fourth hit on the afternoon, the lead was gone as the Red Sox also enjoyed two-out triumph with each of their three runs against Lance Lynn coming in separate innings after Lynn had nearly gotten out of danger with the first two outs.
Texas showed once again that they don’t much like going away quietly as they managed to tie the game in the top of the eighth without the benefit of a hit following a sequence that went Shin-Soo Choo HBP, error on a Delino DeShields sac bunt attempt, Andrus sac fly to even the score.
Boston was able to get Pence with two-outs and runners at second and third to end the threat and then scored the literal walk-off winning run in the ninth when Jesse Chavez — who hadn’t allowed a run in nearly 23 consecutive innings dating all the way back to April 30 — walked Mookie Betts with the bases loaded.
Texas can still win the series tomorrow.
Player of the Game: All in all Lynn pitched basically the same kind of game as Ariel Jurado did yesterday but the Rangers didn’t score nine runs in support of him so he didn’t pick up a win.
Up Next: The Rangers and Red Sox close out this four-game set on Thursday with RHP Adrian Sampson set to take on LHP David Price in a matchup between two of the best pitchers in the American League over the last month or so which, yes, is hilarious for me to type. First pitch in the finale from Fenway Park is scheduled for 6:10 pm CT.