Inconsistency is one of the biggest things Felix Doubront has dealt with in his five years in majors.
The trend continued Tuesday night as following a solid first start of the year last week, Doubront was shelled for five runs on six hits in just 2 1/3 innings as the Red Sox were topped by the Rangers, 10-7.
Doubront got through the first two innings with no issues, but then allowed all six hits and five runs in the third inning. The poor performance goes along with the left-hander's career against the Rangers as coming into the game he had a 11.40 ERA against the Rangers, his highest mark against any other American League team.
"He got through the first two innings in good shape and then after the 3-2 home run to Chirinos he started to lose command of the strike zone a little bit, manager John Farrell said. "Fielder's chop in front of the plate that ends up going 300 feet, probably not the normal base hit we're going to see, but nonetheless it's a double or a triple and leads to a run. Then the ball that fell into center field certainly extended the inning when we were getting to the mid-30s, 40 pitches in the inning and he had a tough time getting that third out in the third."
It was then mop up duty for Red Sox relievers as Burke Badenhop went the next 2 1/3 innings allowing four runs on five hits before Brandon Workman (who was told he'd be optioned back to Pawtucket with the activation of Craig Breslow tomorrow) tossed four innings of one-run ball.
Five Rangers recorded multiple hits in the game as they finished with 13 as a team.
Despite being down early the Red Sox never gave up. They got their first run in the fourth on an RBI single from Mike Napoli and second in the seventh on an RBI single from A.J. Pierzynski scoring Napoli. Jackie Bradley Jr. smacked a two-run double in the seventh for the third and fourth Red Sox runs. Jonny Gomes singled home Pierzynski in the ninth, before a two-run double from Ortiz. The Red Sox grounded into five double plays, one shy of a franchise record.
The teams will conclude their three-game series tomorrow afternoon (4:05, NESN) where Jake Peavy will go up against Robbie Ross.
What they'll be saying: Despite going down six runs in the third inning the team never gave in and fought till the end, having their lead off man reach in every inning except the eighth. Double plays hurt their cause as they grounded into five -- their most since July of 2012 ... Pierzynski and Bradley Jr. finished with three and two hits respectively and have both swung the bat very well the past two games. Pierzynski has raised his average from .125 to .333 in the last two games ... The game will be remembered for Doubront though, as it was the shortest outing of his career where the last seven batters he faced all reached base.