Sunday’s Red Sox-Rangers matchups: John Lackey vs. Robbie Ross Jr.

May 11, 2014 - 4:18 am

The Red Sox will look to leave Texas on a high note Sunday afternoon when they take on the Rangers in the rubber match of their three-game series. Boston will send John Lackey to the mound against southpaw Robbie Ross Jr. After a rough start against the Orioles on April 18 in which the Abilene, Texas, native surrendered six earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, Lackey has settled into a grove over his next three starts, allowing only five earned runs over his last 22 innings pitched. In his last outing, Lackey received a no-decision in Boston'€™s 3-2 loss to Oakland on May 4. Lackey put together another solid start in the contest, holding one of the top-scoring teams in the American League to just two earned runs over six innings of work. "For the most part, I felt pretty good about it," Lackey said after the game. "Only gave up a couple of runs against a pretty good team." Lackey is no stranger to pitching against Texas, as the former Angel has 28 career starts against the Rangers, posting a 13-15 record with a 5.81 ERA. Lackey looked impressive against the Rangers earlier this season, as the right-hander held the potent Texas lineup to just five hits and no earned runs in seven innings on April 7. Globe Life Park has not been friendly to Lackey, who has 7-7 record with a 6.61 ERA in 19 starts in the stadium. Only Braves pitcher Ervin Santana has a higher career ERA at the park (6.93 ERA). Ross had a great start to the 2014 season with a 1-0 record and 1.00 ERA through three starts. However, the left-hander has posted a record of 0-3 with a 8.10 ERA over his last four outings. Ross was wild in his last start against the Red Sox on April 9, as he walked six batters in 5 1/3 innings but did not allow an earned run in what eventually resulted in a 4-2 Red Sox victory. Red Sox vs. Ross (LHP)   Jonny Gomes (5 plate appearances): .250/.400/.250, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Dustin Pedroia (5): .400/.400/.400, 2 singles, 2 strikeouts David Ortiz (4): .333/.500/.667, 1 double, 1 walk Jackie Bradley Jr. (3): .000/.667/.000, 2 walks, 1 strikeout Xander Bogaerts has two walks in two plate appearances vs. Ross. Mike Napoli (2): .000/.500/.000, 1 walk David Ross (2): .000/.000/.000 Mike Carp does not have a hit or a walk in one plate appearances vs. Ross. Jonathan Herrera does not have a hit or a walk in one plate appearances vs. Ross. A.J. Pierzynski (1): .000/.000/.000, 1 strikeout Shane Victorino does not have a hit or a walk in one plate appearances vs. Ross. Rangers vs. Lackey (RHP) Adrian Beltre (67): .219/.254/.375, 3 home runs, 13 RBIs Elvis Andrus (33): .194/.219/.290, 1 triple, 3 RBIs Alex Rios (29): .296/.321/.333, 1 double, 8 strikeouts Shin-Soo Choo (21): .389/.476/.556, 1 double, 3 RBIs Mitch Moreland (14): .250/.286/.333, 1 double, 1 RBI J.P. Arencibia (12): .091/.167/.364, 1 home run, 2 RBI Prince Fielder (12): .333/.333/.500, 2 doubles, 1 RBI Leonys Martin (7): .200/.429/.200, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts