The Red Sox got a couple of standout performances on rainy Thursday in Boston as they completed a three-game sweep of the Rangers with a 6-2 win at Fenway Park, one from an unexpected source.
Left-handed starter Drew Pomeranz had been struggling coming into Thursday’s game, as the Red Sox lost his last three starts and he did not make it past the fourth inning in any of them. His last outing, a no-decision in a Boston loss at Oakland last Saturday, devolved into a dugout shouting match about the early hook with manager John Farrell.
Boston fans weren’t optimistic about the team extending its streak behind Pomeranz.
But Pomeranz delivered, striking out 11 Texas batters and allowing just four hits in six innings. The Red Sox had a 4-2 lead when he was relieved by Heath Hembree.
Pomeranz has Xander Bogaerts to thank for most of that run support. After a two-hit game Wednesday, Bogaerts went 2 for 4 with 2 RBI, 2 runs and his first home run of the season.
The Boston bullpen went on to strike out nine more batters, and the team's 20 total Ks tied a major league record.