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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Texas2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 350
Boston1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 4101
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  W: M. Barnes (3-1)   L: J. Chávez (2-2)
1:05 PM PT2:05 PM MT3:05 PM CT4:05 PM ET16:05 ET20:05 GMT4:05 1:05 PM MST3:05 PM EST3:35 PM VEN0:05 UAE (+1)3:05 PM CT, June 12, 2019
Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts  Attendance: 34,330

Struggling Red Sox hope to bounce back vs. Rangers

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Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox

  1. Boston has won six in a row over Texas, and since 2016 the Red Sox have gone 14-5 against the Rangers, hitting .297 and scoring 6.5 runs per game. This is the Red Sox' best record against any AL opponent since 2016 and the Rangers worst record against an AL opponent.
  2. The Red Sox lost three of four to the Rays, slashing .189/.246/.268 as a team and scoring just nine runs over the four games combined. The franchise has not scored fewer runs in a four-game series since July 2015 (four versus Angels).
  3. The Rangers' .293 batting average in June leads MLB, and their 52 runs are one shy of the MLB-leading Angels. The team has had 10+ hits in six of nine games in June, but they are only 3-3 in those games.
  4. Asdrubal Cabrera was a triple shy of the cycle yesterday, and his 14 hits in June are tied for second most in MLB behind Christian Yelich (16). Both of his three-hit games this season have come in June, and his five multi-hit games this month are his most in any month this season.
  5. Andrew Benintendi has scored a run in five straight games, tied for the second-longest active streak in MLB (Mike Trout, 10). His career .432 batting average against the Rangers ranks second among active players with at least 50 plate appearances against the franchise (Wellington Castillo, .462).
  6. Shin-soo Choo has gone 2-for-26 in his career against Chris Sale. That .077 batting average is Choo's worst career mark against any pitcher he's faced at least 25 times, and Chris Sale has only held one hitter (Austin Jackson, .053) to a lower career average (minimum 25 PA).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 6/10/2019 thru 6/13/2019

Perhaps the Boston Red Sox are starting to let their frustrations show.

The defending World Series champions dropped to .500 this season (34-34) with a 9-5 loss Tuesday night to the Texas Rangers.

It was the fifth loss in six games on the current homestand for the Red Sox, who are 15-17 at Fenway Park. They have two more games against the Rangers before hitting the road.

Boston outfielder Andrew Benintendi and manager Alex Cora were ejected in the fifth inning Tuesday for arguing with umpires.

A half-inning later, right fielder Brock Holt allowed Texas' Hunter Pence to scamper around the bases for a stand-up, inside-the-park home run after giving up on the play when he thought the ball had landed in the stands. Instead, the ball fell just out of Holt's reach as he lunged over the railing and into the stands in an effort to make the catch.

The ball ricocheted off the wall in the right field corner and rolled along the warning track before coming to a stop near the bullpens in right-center field as Pence crossed home plate.

"Guys are frustrated. We try not to be, but games like tonight, it's embarrassing," Holt said. "We're not playing well. We're not playing up to our capabilities, and that's the frustrating part."

After grounding out to shortstop, Benintendi muttered something and was ejected by first base umpire Vic Carapazza. Benintendi didn't originally realize he had been tossed before reaching the dugout. Once he learned of his fate, he returned to the top step of the dugout and screamed at plate umpire Angel Hernandez.

Cora came out to argue with both umpires and received his third career ejection, counting one in the postseason.

After the game in the clubhouse, Benintendi seemed perplexed as to why he had been tossed by Carapazza when his beef was with Hernandez.

"I know that Angel didn't hear me," Benintendi told reporters. "It stinks. We're out there trying to win a game. I want to be a part of it, but can't do that when I'm in here."

Hernandez issued a statement through a pool reporter after the game.

"He violated the rules of the game," Hernandez said. "I'm not at liberty to discuss anything until I submit the report (Wednesday)."

The Rangers weren't immune, as manager Chris Woodward earned his first career ejection after Asdrubal Cabrera was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double just after Pence's home run. Woodward said he was upset because he was considering challenging the call via video review but wasn't told when he had exceeded the 30-second limit.

"I just want consistency -- that's all -- from the umpires," Woodward said. "They have a hard job to do. But most umpires give you the ultimatum when it comes down to the 30 seconds. I don't have a 30-second clock in my head -- I'm not that gifted."

Said Hernandez: "We were not going to review the play once time expired. These are rules. It's my job to enforce them."

A pair of veteran right-handers are scheduled to start Wednesday as the Rangers' Lance Lynn (7-4, 4.39 ERA) goes up against the Red Sox's Rick Porcello (4-6, 4.86). Lynn is 2-1 with a 1.91 ERA in six career appearances against Boston, including five starts. Porcello is 7-4 with a 5.16 ERA in 12 starts against Texas.

--Field Level Media

Updated June 12, 2019

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