Red Sox bats quiet again in 3-1 loss to Rangers, Wandy Rodriguez



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BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox are still waiting for the offensive firepower they expected after some big offseason signings.

For the second straight night, Boston's slumping lineup was quieted and the Red Sox fell to the Texas Rangers 3-1 on Thursday.

"No denying the offensive funk we are in," Boston manager John Farrell said. "We will take a look at everything."

During the offseason, the Red Sox committed over $180 million to sign Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. Nearly seven full weeks into the season, and they're still slumping.

"Every single day we faced things like this," Sandoval said of his days with the San Francisco Giants. "Part of the game. Some days are good, some days aren't. Sometimes your pitching is going and your hitting isn't or hitting is going and the pitching isn't."

David Ortiz drove Boston's run, tying Fred McGriff for 43rd on the career list with his 1,550th RBI. Boston, which came in with the AL's second-worst batting average and ranked 12th in runs scored, hasn't scored more than four runs in nine straight games.

Clay Buchholz (2-5) gave up three runs — two earned — and five hits in 7 2-3 innings.

"Have to get players we are counting on rolling," Farrell said. "It's not as if we are looking at one spot in the lineup as a glaring hole."

Mitch Moreland hit a solo homer and drove in two runs, Wandy Rodriguez pitched 6 2-3 solid innings and the Rangers won for the third time in four games to capture the series after losing the opener.

Moreland added two singles.

Rodriguez (2-2) allowed one run and four hits, struck out five and walked two after not getting out of the fifth inning in his previous start, a loss to Cleveland last Friday when he gave up eight hits and five runs.

Shawn Tolleson got three outs for the save after earning the first of his career on Wednesday.

The Rangers jumped ahead 2-0 in the first. Shin-Soo Choo and Delino DeShields opened with singles and advanced on Prince Fielder's flyball to the right-field warning track. Choo scored on Moreland's fielder's choice grounder and DeShields scored on the same play when shortstop Xander Bogaerts dropped the ball for an error attempting to take it out of his glove to complete a double play.

Moreland's homer into the first row of Green Monster seats made it 3-0 in the fourth.

Ortiz's run-scoring grounder cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the inning. The Red Sox had runners on second and third with no outs, but didn't get a hit.

GET OUT OF THE WAY

Bogaerts was hit by a groundball by Daniel Nava while running to second in the fifth. By rule, he was out on the play and Nava was credited with a single.

"The baseball field is so big, what are the chances of the ball even hitting me under my cleat? Are you kidding me? It's weird," Bogaerts said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Josh Hamilton joined Triple-A Round Rock to continue his rehab for at least three days.

Red Sox: RF Shane Victorino was in the original starting lineup, but had to be scratched with a sore left calf. ... Farrell said 3B Sandoval "was much improved today. There's still some soreness there." So, they didn't start him. He pinch hit and struck out in the eighth. He was hit by a pitch on the side of the left knee on Tuesday. ... Farrell also said RHP Joe Kelly's right wrist was fine after his was hit by grounder in Wednesday's start. Kelly had it wrapped after the game.

UP NEXT

Rangers: RHP Colby Lewis (3-2, 3.06 ERA) is scheduled to start the opener of a three-game series in New York on Friday against Yankees RHP Michael Pineda (5-1, 3.31).

Red Sox: Rick Porcello (4-2, 4.26 ERA) is slated to start Friday against Los Angeles Angels' RHP Garrett Richards (3-2, 2.29). Porcello is 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA in his last five starts.

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