Everything you need to know about the Red Sox loss to Rangers, with BSJ analysis and insight:
Bullpen can’t nail it: The Red Sox extended their lead with a 3-1 run in the start of the seventh, despite being a rookie Garrett whitlock, turning out to be human after all, gave it back when he ceded a solo circuit to Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the first inning Whitlock allowed in seven appearances. It was bad, but it was going to get worse soon. Up 3-2, the Sox turned to Adam ottavino in the eighth, and he proceeded to implode, allowing two walks and a single draw. And when Matt barnes tried to keep the game tied, he was greeted by a single from a former teammate Brock Holt. Entrance Garrett richards had limited the Rangers to one inning in the first five innings and Darwinzon Hernandez continues his hot race with a scoreless sixth. But over the next two innings, three Red Sox relievers combined to allow four runs on four hits and two steps. And instead of a face-saving sweep and a winning road trip, the Red Sox left Texas without either.
Chances missed early in the round are costly: A familiar model has reappeared for the Red Sox. Having taken the lead at the start, they once had lost opportunities to give themselves some breathing space. In the second, third, fourth and fifth, the Sox finished each inning failing at least one baserunner in goal position, three of which left a runner on third base. Twice the culprit was JD Martinez, who hit in a deadly rally, the inning ending double plays in the third and fifth. In between, it was the bottom of the roster – where the offense will die – that was to blame. A walk by Rafael Devers and a wild throw that sent him to second place gave the Sox a golden chance, but the Texas rookie Mike Foltynewicz to pose Marwin Gonzalez, Renfroe hunter and Franchy Cordero in order to keep the game in hand for the Rangers.