Friday, April 1, 2011
Texas Rangers vs Boston Red Sox: Rangers Go Big Fly, Rally Past the Red Sox
There were a lot of doubts on what this Rangers team was going to be able to do against a Red Sox team who most called the best team in baseball. Would they be able to stand up against the giants of the American League?
They fell behind early and rallied. The game was tied and the momentum started to swing a little bit to Boston's favor. But this team didn't quit. Each time Boston seemed to be gaining, the Rangers shut them down and the offense answered the call.
Both left handers, Rangers' C.J. Wilson and Boston's Jon Lester, both ended up with no decisions but only Wilson was able to celebrate at the end of the night.
Wilson went 5.2 innings pitched giving up four runs only two of them earned and struck out six. As for Lester, he went 5.1 innings pitched giving up five runs (all earned) and gave up the three home runs to Kinsler, Cruz, and Napoli.
There were more than one big hit in this game.
You can look at Napoli's three-run shot with the Rangers down 4-2 in the fourth inning or you can look at the two-run double by David Murphy which put the team ahead for good.
All-in-all this was a good effort by the defending American League Champions. It's only one game but it's getting off to a good start that will give this team confidence for the remainder of the series.
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