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Five-Run Third Inning Powers Red Sox to Eighth Straight Win, 8-4 Over Rangers

The Boston Red Sox continued to roll on Tuesday night, earning their eighth straight win with an 8-4 victory over the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park.

Boston scored five times in the third inning to compile all the offense they'd need, going on a scoring spree that was sparked by Blake Swihart. He got the run started with a ground-rule double to the deepest part of the ballpark in center field. Then five of the next six batters grabbed hits off Rangers starter Yovani Gallardo, capped with a two-run triple by Xander Bogaerts.

Mookie Betts went 2-for-4 at the plate on the night, but his real highlight came in the fifth inning. With the Red Sox up 5-2, Betts tracked down a deep fly ball by the Rangers' Nomar Mazara, leaped to make the catch over the bullpen and rob him of a potential two-run home run.

Up Next: The Red Sox and Rangers finish up the series on Wednesday with Boston having a chance to sweep. Chris Sale (9-4, 2.36 ERA) takes on the ageless wonder, Bartolo Colon (5-6, 4.65 ERA), in the series finale.


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