Yesterday’s 12-7 loss was merely a hiccup between Rangers blowouts. Today’s 11-4 trouncing of the Sox at Fenway gave the Rangers a series victory and earned them some style points as well. Josh Hamilton‘s bases loaded triple highlighted a seven run sixth inning that sank the Sox and John Lackey. Matt Harrison had a nice outing, allowing only two runs in his seventh and final inning of work.
David Murphy went 2 for 5 and continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the league. Murphy has driven in a run in six straight contests and is hitting .459 over his last nine games. Ian Kinsler duplicated Friday’s tape-measure longball with another shot that cleared the Green Monster and left the stadium entirely. Red Sox fans were so bored and unimpressed with their team today that they started a wave in the stands late in the ballgame.
The Rangers got a bit of revenge after losing three of four to the Sox last month in Arlington. However, this is the third straight season in which the Rangers have won the overall season series. Also worth noting, Adrian Beltre picked up career hit number 2,000 with a single in today’s big sixth inning. Beltre has played two straight games at third base since returning from the disabled list with a strained hamstring. Manager Ron Washington said he plans on using Beltre as the DH in the Rangers upcoming series against the Rays. The Rangers open a three game series at Tropicana Field tomorrow. Washington says Beltre is healthy enough to play but wants to avoid playing him on the artificial turf.