Wed. April 9, 4:05 p.m. start: Red Sox-Rangers live updates
Red Sox 2, Rangers 1
Jackie Bradley Jr. had himself a major league night and the Red Sox won their first game at Fenway Park in 2014, beating the Texas Rangers 5-1.
Bradley did it all against the Rangers tonight: driving in two runs and scoring one to go along with three hits, and he made a couple of top-notch web gems in right field to round out his night.
The Red Sox -- who banged out 14 hits on the night -- were leading 2-1 entering the bottom of the eighth and picked up an insurance run when Bradley singled on a bunt ground ball to embattled first baseman Prince Fielder that scored A.J. Pierzynski after Fielder threw the ball away for an error.
Daniel Nava made it 4-1 when he smoked a single to right field scoring Jonathan Herrera. Bradley then came home when Dustin Pedroia grounded to third baseman Adrian Beltre which forced Nava out at second, but Pedroia managed to stay out of the double play and Bradley scored the Red Sox fifth run of the night.
Bradley picked up his second RBI of the game to give the Red Sox a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth when he singled sharply to left to score Pierzynski who singled to center to start the inning. Pierzynski had his first three-hit game as a member of the Red Sox.
The Rangers tied the game at 1-1 in the top of the fourth inning when Beltre scored on a sac fly to center by Mitch Moreland. Grady Sizemore made a terrific catch on the play. The run was unearned as a passed ball by Pierzynski allowed Beltre to advance to third. Red Sox third baseman Jonathan Herrera air-mailed a throw to second base on a ground ball deep behind the bag in an attempt to get Beltre, but Bradley backed up the play, keeping Beltre at second until he advanced on the Pierzynski passed ball.
The Sox took their first lead at home this season when Bradley drove in Xander Bogaerts on a hard ground ball single up the middle with two outs in the second inning. The Red Sox played a little hit-run-run earlier in the inning, which allowed Bogaerts to advance to go from first to third on base hit by Pierzynski.
Bradley has also made two terrific catches in right field tonight, one a running catch on a ball hit over his head hit by J.P. Arencibia in the third inning, the other was a sliding grab of a line drive off the bat of Donnie Murphy to end the second.
Daniel Nava -- playing back in left field tonight -- made his second error in the outfield in as many nights when he let a line drive single by Alex Rios get past him in the second inning. Rios would end up stranded at second base.
Grady Sizemore ran hard into the padding on the center field wall in effort to grab a triple by Shin-Soo Choo in the third inning. He may feel something tomorrow, but seemed OK as the game went on tonight.
The Rangers challenged a force play in the first inning but the call on the field was upheld as David Ortiz reached first on a force attempt when shortstop Elvis Andrus dropped the ball thrown from second baseman Donnie Murphy.
Red Sox starter John Lackey looked sharp for the second start in a row. He gave up five hits and threw just 71 pitches through six innings while allowing only the one unearned run. Lackey ran into trouble in the seventh inning after a couple of walks and stolen bases had runners on second and third, but he got Arencibia to ground out to Pedroia at second to end the Rangers threat.
Lackey's gave up just the one unearned run on the night, throwing 95 pitches over seven innings giving up five hits, five strikeouts and two walks. Lefty Chris Capuano came on for Lackey and pitched a scoreless eighth inning, giving up one hit. Koji Uehara let a couple of runners on, but closed it out in a non-save situation.
Rangers starter Tanner Scheppers would last just five innings, giving up nine hits, two earned runs, three strikeouts, and a walk before giving way to reliever Pedro Figueroa in the sixth.
The Red Sox improve to 3-4 after the victory tonight.