Offense Comes Alive As Sox Take Second Straight Series
24 hours after imploding in the ninth inning of Tuesday's 7-2 loss at the hands of the Texas Rangers, Craig Kimbrel was back on the mound to conquer his non-save shortcomings. The All Star closer pitched around a pair of walks to seal Boston's 11-6 rubber game victory over the American League's top team Wednesday night, as the Red Sox claimed back-to-back series victories for the first time since May 26.
Steven Wright earned his 10th win of the season with the knuckleballer tossing six innings, allowing five earned runs and striking out seven.
Boston's bats tallied double-digit hits and runs for the third time in four games. David Ortiz kick started the Sox offense in the first inning, lining his 20th home run of the season into the right field bleachers. With the shot, Ortiz became the sixth player in MLB history with at least 20 home runs in 15 consecutive seasons.
Bryce Brentz, getting the start in left field against Rangers' lefty, Martin Perez, drove in a career-best three runs on the night, and is now 10-for-30 with a home run and six runs batted in since getting promoted to the big club.
The Sox are off Thursday before starting their final series of the unofficial first half, Friday night against the last place Tampa Bay Rays, who come to town as one of five teams in the majors with 50 or more losses on the year. First pitch is Friday night at 7:10 p.m.
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