BOSTON -- You wouldn't know the Red Sox and Rangers entered Tuesday night's game tied for the most wins in the American League as the Red Sox put a beating on the AL West leading Rangers in a 17-5 rout at Fenway Park.
The Red Sox scored in every inning, except the eighth, including six in the second inning chasing Rangers rookie starter Justin Grimm from the game. Grimm allowed eight runs on seven hits in just 1 2/3 innings of work. Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his first career major league home run in the second, as David Ortiz hit a two-run triple to the triangle in center field. Things didn't get much better for the Rangers bullpen as they combined to allowed nine runs over 7 1/3 innings, including outfielder David Murphy pitching the eighth inning.
"I thought we did an outstanding job up and down the lineup," said manager John Farrell. "I thought the guys quickly got a read on Grimm and there were a lot of good swings. It seemed liked the off day yesterday did us a world of good, just getting our legs back underneath us. You can't say enough about the hard contact we made and we ran the bases well. It was just a very good offensive night."
It is hard to point out one player who led the offense as every player contributed. Stephen Drew had four hits, including two doubles, a home run and two RBIs. Mike Carp had three hits, including a home run to go along with three runs driven in. Jarrod Saltalamacchia finished a triple short of the cycle, recording two RBIs, to go along with scoring two runs and Daniel Nava (four runs) had three hits as well. Jose Iglesias continued to prove he belongs with the big league club with a double, a single, two RBIs and two runs scored, while showcasing his spectacular defense at third base.
Ryan Dempster continued the momentum from his last start as was able to earn his first win since May 2. The right-hander went seven innings allowing three runs on five hits and struck out six. He threw 107 pitches, and only walked one. Clayton Mortensen (two runs) and Andrew Miller pitched the final two innings to close out the win.
The teams continue their three-game set Wednesday night (7:10, NESN, ESPN 2) where John Lackey will toe the rubber for the Sox, while the Rangers will counter with Alexi Ogando.
What they'll be saying: Obviously it was one of the better offensive nights the team has had in quite some time. The team hadn't scored a run in the each of the first seven innings in any game since 1998 and the last time it was done at all in the majors was in August of 2010, by the Blue Jays. Their 13 extra-base hits were the most in a game by a Red Sox team since 1990 ... Dempster pitched very well and seems to have turned a corner of late as he's gone seven innings and allowed three runs or less in each of his last two starts. Pitching with a double-digit lead helps, but that shouldn't discredit the work he put in.