David Ortiz hit his first home run at Fenway Park since the home opener in the Red Sox' win over the Rangers. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Closing Time: David Ortiz, Mike Napoli homer as Red Sox take series opener over Rangers

Ryan Hannable
May 19, 2015 - 6:01 pm
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Maybe all the Red Sox needed was to come home. After struggling on their 10-game road trip, averaging 2.3 runs a game, including scoring just seven overall in four games in Seattle over the weekend, the Red Sox' bats awoke with 13 hits, including two home runs in their 4-3 win at Fenway Park over the Rangers Tuesday night. The home team scored in a run in the first on a David Ortiz RBI single scoring Dustin Pedroia, but the real damage came later on. Mike Napoli led the fourth inning off with a laser that hit the AAA sign over the Monster in left for his third home run of the season. Ortiz then ripped a solo homer into the Red Sox bullpen the next inning. It was his first home run at Fenway Park since the home opener. Napoli added an infield RBI single later in the inning to give the Red Sox a 4-0 lead at the time. "Yeah, I thought we had a number of really good at-bats tonight," manager John Farrell said. "Created multiple opportunities. We left a decent amount of guys on base tonight but it was good to see Nap timing his swing a little more consistent with what we've known Mike to be. David [Ortiz] with three well-hit balls tonight. Gets us on the board first with a base-hit in the first, a home run, lines out sharply to center field. Hanley [Ramirez] obviously with a number of base hits tonight. But just a good overall offensive approach up and down the lineup." Red Sox starter Wade Miley delivered his fourth straight solid start, as the left-hander went seven innings allowing two runs on seven hits while walking one and striking out seven. It marked the sixth straight start where the Red Sox starter allowed two runs or less. Texas got to Miley in the sixth for two runs, but the defense behind him didn't do him any favors. Thomas Field singled to left with two outs and Hanley Ramirez casually went after the ball and then over threw the cut off man when Kyle Blanks scored. The next batter Robinson Chirinos hit a deep fly to right where Daniel Nava took a poor route on it before it landed on the warning track for a RBI triple. "I think Blake [Swihart] did a really good job of going over that lineup and getting a plan and we were able to execute it," Miley said. "I didn't throw a lot of breaking balls, just stuck with the fastball and it worked out good." Junichi Tazawa threw a 1-2-3 eighth, and despite allowing a lead-off home run in the ninth, Koji Uehara earned his 10th save of the season. The homer was the first base runner Uehara had allowed at Fenway all season, as he came into the game retiring all 15 hitters he faced. Hitting two home runs Tuesday night means the Red Sox have now homered in 14 of their last 17 games at Fenway Park. The Red Sox are now 10-3 in series openers to start the season, although it wasn't all good news as Pablo Sandoval left the game in the seventh inning after being hit by a pitch in his left knee. SWENSON GRANITE WORKS ROCK SOLID PERFORMER OF THE GAME: Napoli. The first baseman needed a breakout game and he got one going 2-for-4 with two RBI. It was his first multi-hit game since April 25 and his third overall this year. Vote on the Rock Solid Performer of the week and enter to win a VIP Boston Baseball Experience at weei.com/rocksolid. Here is what went right (and wrong) in the Red Sox' win: WHAT WENT RIGHT -- After his first four starts of the year Miley had an ERA of 8.62, but he's quietly settled in as over his last four starts he's gone at least six innings and has allowed three runs or fewer in three out of the four outings. His ERA is now down to 5.10 on the year. -- Ramirez had a solid night at the plate going 3-for-5. The left fielder did slide awkwardly into second base on a pop-up slide in the fifth inning with the trainer and Farrell coming out to check on him, but he stayed in the game. -- Dustin Pedroia was 2-for-5 with two doubles. He has now reached base in 23 straight games. -- Mookie Betts finished the game 2-for-5. He's now hit safely in six straight home games. WHAT WENT WRONG -- Nava finished the game 0-for-3 and he's now just 1-for-23 this season at Fenway Park, with his average overall falling to .151. -- Swihart finished the game 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He's hitting .163.

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