Red Sox postgame notes: Some key stats from win over Rangers

April 07, 2014 - 7:42 pm
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Courtesy of the Red Sox media relations department: RED SOX NOTES The Red Sox snapped a three-game losing streak for their first home win of the season, 5-1, over the Rangers. With the win, the Sox avoided their first losing streak of at least four games since losing the final eight games of 2012 (Sept. 25-Oct. 3). Monday marked the Red Sox'€™ first win at Fenway Park since their World Series-clinching victory in Game 6 over the Cardinals on Oct. 30. John Lackey earned the win in both of those games.  Lackey did not allow an earned run over seven innings of work. It marked the first time he held an opponent without an earned run over at least seven frames since May 24, 2013, vs. the Indians (seven IP, one run). He became the first Sox hurler to throw at least seven innings without an earned run this season (last Jon Lester, Aug. 19, 2013, vs. Giants). Lackey surrendered five hits and two walks while striking out five. Jackie Bradley Jr. matched his career high with three hits (also June 1, 2013 at the Yankees). With RBI singles in his first two plate appearances, Bradley recorded an RBI on three consecutive hits dating back to April 3 at the Orioles. He became the first Red Sox right fielder age 23 or younger to have multiple RBIs in a game since Phil Plantier did it in 1992 (also 23).  A.J. Pierzynski tallied a season-high three hits, his first three-hit game since Aug. 19, 2013 vs. the Astros with Texas. His single in the second inning ended an 0-for-8 drought. Pierzynski improved to hitting .315 (41-for-130) in his career at Fenway Park, his fourth-highest average at any park with at least 50 at-bats. Xander Bogaerts has a hit in six of the Red Sox'€™ seven games after going 1-for-4 with a run scored. He has reached base 13 times in 29 plate appearances this season. Dustin Pedroia snapped his six-game hit streak, going 0-for-5. Koji Uehara tossed a scoreless ninth inning with one strikeout, his fourth scoreless appearance this season (four IP). Dating back to 2013, 36 of Uehara'€™s last 37 outings  have been scoreless (one ER/41 IP, 0.22 ERA) with 48 strikeouts to just one walk in that span. RANGERS NOTES (3-4) The Rangers now are 1-3 on the road this season. Monday marked just the Rangers'€™ 15th loss in their last 44 games against the Red Sox dating back to 2009. Manager Ron Washington used his second challenge of the season in the bottom of the first inning. He challenged a dropped force out at second base. The ruling on the field (safe) stood as called. Washington won his first career challenge on April 1 vs. the Phillies. Tanner Scheppers took his first loss of the season in his second career start, working five innings and allowing two runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three. Monday'€™s appearance, the 117th of his career, marked a career high in innings pitched (previous four IP on March 31 vs. the Phillies). Alex Rios extended his hit streak to seven games, going 2-for-3. He is batting .385 (10-for-26) after hitting safely in every game this season. Rios swiped second base in the seventh inning, his first steal of 2014. Shin-Soo Choo had two hits (2-for-4) and recorded his first triple of the season in the third inning off Lackey. It was only his third triple in the last calender year (also Sept. 24, 2013, vs. the Mets with the Reds, and April 19, 2013, vs. the Marlins with the Reds). He now owns a .389 career average (7-for-18) against Lackey. Elvis Andrus extended his hit streak to seven games with a 1-for-4 performance, hitting safely in every game this season. He is now batting .321 (9-for-28).

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