Offense takes the night off as Sox fall 5-1 to Texas

Contributing writer

Good pitching stops good hitting, or so the baseball axiom goes. The Red Sox have now experienced that in the first two games of their weekend series against the Texas Rangers.

Following last night's shutout loss to Texas, the Sox managed just 7 hits off three Texas pitchers and lost 5-1 at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington.

The Rangers got on the board early - VERY early - as Ian Kinzler hit starting pitcher John Lackey's 1st pitch out for a leadoff home run and a 1-0 Rangers lead. Daniel Nava tied things up briefly with an RBI single in the top of the 2nd inning, but it was all Rangers after that. Texas scored twice in the bottom of the 4th and 8th innings.

Red Sox starter Lackey (pictured) was touched for 3 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks over 5 innings. Jacoby Ellsbury had 2 hits for the Sox.

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