Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Red Sox 'Double-Down' On Rangers, Cruise To Eighth Straight Win, 8-4

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From the start, this was to be a "bullpen" game. Manager Alex Cora 'started' Hector Velaquez and also used: Jalen Beeks, Brandon Workman, Matt Barnes, Joe Kelly and new-guy Ryan Brasier. They all pitched pretty well (except for Beeks) and the Red Sox offense did the rest in an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangersthe eighth in a row for Boston. The Carmine Hose pounded out six doubles—seemingly all to the deepest part of centerfield (two each by Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Andrew Benintendi)—in the twelve-hit attack. Four different Red Sox had two RBIs: Bradley and Benintendi—along with Mitch Moreland and Xander Bogaerts. The game also featured two game-changing catches by Bradley and Mookie Betts. The win—coupled with a 6-5 walk-off win by The Birds of Baltimore—goosed Boston's lead in the American League East to 3.5 games over The Evil Ones.