ARLINGTON, Texas – Pitching was nowhere to be found Tuesday night in Texas.
The Red Sox out-slugged the Rangers en route to a 12-10 victory, opening up their final visit to the stadium formally known as the Ballpark in Arlington. The Rangers are moving into a new park next season.
J.D. Martinez drove in three runs as part of a 2-for-5 night. Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr. each batted in two men. Mookie Betts homered, his 29th of the season, before leaving the game with a foot injury. Betts ran into the wall trying to chase down a Delino DeShields Jr. triple in the second inning and was pulled in the third.
The Sox put up 14 hits in the game.
Rangers starter Edinson Volquez recorded just two outs and gave up five runs (four earned). The Sox then tagged reliever Ariel Jurado for six runs (five earned) over three innings of work.
Eduardo Rodriguez got the win, his 19th of the season, but it was far from his best outing of the year. Rodriguez sputtered through five innings and gave up seven runs.
Rodriguez now has the chance for a major milestone on Sunday against the Orioles. If he records the win, he would become the first Red Sox left-handed pitcher to win 20 games in a single season since Mel Parnell in 1953.
The Sox and Rangers will play again in Arlington on Wednesday. Rick Porcello will take the mound in what could be his final game in a Boston uniform.