34-15: Rangers bullpen falters, Sox squeak by

The Red Sox rallied against the two best relievers in the Rangers’ bullpen to win today, 6-5. Behind 4-3, the Sox scored two runs off of Akinori Otsuka in the eighth, and one more off of Eric Gagne in the ninth. It turned out that all those runs would be necessary to ensure the victory.

Starter Julian Tavarez (3-4) pitched extremely well until the sixth inning, in which Mark Teixeira launched a three-run shot to tie it at 3-3, and the Rangers tacked on one more to take the lead.

Joel Pineiro (1-0) came on to pitch 1 2/3 innings, looking pretty good and striking out three. The problem is, he can come into a game and look like this one time, and the next time you see him, he’s all over the place.

Jonathan Papelbon had pitched the last two days, so Hideki Okajima picked up his third save by pitching the ninth. He gave up a run on a single by Teixiera, but was able to end it by getting Sammy Sosa to fly out.

Jason Varitek made his fourth home run count, hitting a three-run blast in the fourth inning. J.D. Drew had two hits, so hopefully he’s getting back on the horse again. With David Ortiz getting the day off, Kevin Youkilis hit third and went 2-5 with a run scored, extending his hit streak yet again.

Coco Crisp continues to hit relatively well from that number 2 slot in the order. He is now hitting .278/.366/.444 in 36 ABs there this year. Small sample size, but hey, it’s a good deal better than his performance anywhere else in this lineup.

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