Last year, the Red Sox never lost more than three games in a row en route to winning the AL East flag and ultimately the World Series. On Monday night, they stopped their first three-game skid of the season and chalked up their first win at Fenway Park with a 5-1 win over the Rangers behind seven strong innings from John Lackey, a trio of three-hit performances and some defensive butchery by Rangers first baseman Prince Fielder.
Lackey held the Rangers to five hits and a pair of walks over seven innings while striking out five. The lone run he allowed was unearned, set up by an A.J. Pierzynski passed ball in the fourth inning. The game was tight during the entirety of his outing, with the Sox held to a pair of runs on RBI singles by Jackie Bradley Jr. off Tanner Schppers in the second and fourth innings.
Boston broke the game open with a three-run rally in the eighth against relievers Seth Rosin and Shawn Tolleson, with Bradley, who was batting with Pierzynski on second and Jonathan Herrera on first, credited for his third hit of the night on a bunt that was botched two different ways by Prince Fielder. Roll the GIF:
Fielder was charged with an error on the, uh, throw. Pierzynski scored on the play, Herrera followed on a Daniel Nava single, and Bradley came home on a groundout. Bradley's three hits matched his season-to-date total coming in; he also made an impressive over-the-shoulder catch on a J.P. Arencibia drive in the third inning. Pierzynski's three hits, each of which preceded those of Bradley in Boston's run-scoring innings, exceeded his season-to-date total of two. Also collecting three hits was Mike Napoli, whose work didn't figure in any of the scoring.