The Boston Red Sox lost for the fifth time in six games on Tuesday, dropping a 9-5 decision to the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park.
The loss is the second in as many games for Boston against Texas, a team that the Sox are battling with for a Wild Card spot in the American League. It also drops Boston to 34-34 and an even .500 record.
Top pitching prospect Darwinzon Hernandez, who impressed in spring training, was called up to make his first Major League start, but he struggled and lasted just three innings in the loss. He allowed four runs (three earned) while walking five.
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On the positive side, he did strike out seven, including the side in the first inning. Offensively, JD Martinez had two hits, while Rafael Devers had a 2-RBI double and Xander Bogaerts hit a home run, as did Mookie Betts.
Andrew Benintendi and Alex Cora were both ejected from the game as well, with Benintendi tossed for saying something to an umpire regarding the strike zone, and Cora was tossed defending him.
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