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June 04, 2013

Red Sox 17, Rangers 5 (F)

Boston scored eight times against Justin Grimm, including six in the second inning, and the Red Sox collected 13 extra-base hits, a record for a Rangers opponent, en route to a 17-5 victory at Fenway Park.

The top pitching highlight for the Rangers came in the eighth inning. Outfielder David Murphy pitched it, marking the sixth time a position player has pitched in club history, and it was the only inning in which the Red Sox didn't score.

The first batter Grimm faced was an indication that a long night was ahead. He walked Daniel Nava, the first batter he had walked in 17 innings, and Nava and Mike Carp would score later in the inning for a 2-0 lead.

The first five Red Sox reached and scored in the second, including two on the first major-league homer by Jackie Bradley Jr. and another two on a triple by David Ortiz. A double by Jarrod Saltalamacchia chased Grimm, and a double by Stephen Drew off Michael Kirkman produced the eighth run charged to Grimm (5-4).

Boston continued to pound out extra-base hits and runs. The Red Sox had one extra-base hit and at least on run in every inning, including a homer to start each of the three innings Joseph Ortiz started.

Jeff Baker, Nelson Cruz and Mitch Moreland homered for the Rangers, but errors by Baker and Cruz in the sixth inning led to four more Red Sox runs on a night that started badly and didn’t get any better.

The Baker and Cruz homers came off Ryan Dempster, who was acquired by the Rangers at the trade deadline last year. He posted a 7-3 record for them, but with a 5.09 ERA and only one win against a contending team.

-- Jeff Wilson


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