ARLINGTON, Texas — The Texas Rangers jumped on Boston starter Steven Wright and shaky defense for eight runs on their way to a 10-3 victory over the Red Sox on Saturday night.
Wright (8-5), the American League ERA leader entering the game, was tagged for eight runs (three earned) in 4 2/3 innings as the Rangers broke open the game by scoring five unearned runs in the fifth inning.
Texas took a 3-1 lead against Wright in the bottom of the fourth on a homer from Ian Desmond and a two-run single from Mitch Moreland.
After the Red Sox cut the lead to 3-2 in the top of the fifth, the Rangers scored five times on three hits in the bottom of the inning. Errors from shortstop Xander Bogaerts and first baseman Hanley Ramirez helped the Rangers’ cause as did a passed ball by catcher Christian Vazquez.
Adrian Beltre’s RBI single gave the Rangers a 4-2 edge. After a single and a two-out error from Ramirez, Elvis Andrus delivered a bases-loaded triple to end the night for Wright.
Robbie Ross came on and helped the Rangers tack on another run by throwing a wild pitch as Texas took an 8-2 lead.
Wright gave up seven hits, struck out four and walked two.
Texas left-hander Cesar Ramos (2-3), the second reliever, pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the win. Right-hander A.J. Griffin, activated from the disabled list to start for Texas, was charged with two runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings.
Texas finished with 11 hits, led by Beltre, Desmond and Fielder with two each. Andrus and Moreland each had three RBIs.
The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second on a homer from Ramirez. Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley Jr. also had RBI hits for Boston.
NOTES: Boston recalled RHP William Cuevas from Triple-A Pawtucket for relief help. To make room for Cuevas, the Red Sox sent INF Deven Marrero to Triple-A. Cuevas pitched in one game for the Red Sox in April. … Boston DH David Ortiz was honored by the Rangers in a pregame ceremony. Texas 3B Adrian Beltre presented Ortiz with pair of cowboy boots and a belt buckle. … Texas is going to call up RHP Chi Chi Gonzalez to make the Monday start at New York. Gonzalez is 3-6 with a 5.04 ERA in 14 starts for Triple-A Round Rock. … Texas put RHP Colby Lewis on the 15-day disabled list to make room for Saturday’s starter, RHP A.J. Griffin. The Lewis move, which was because of a strained right lat, is retroactive to June 22. … Texas RHP Yu Darvish is slated to throw his first bullpen Sunday since going on the disabled list with right shoulder discomfort June 13. … Friday’s 8-7 Boston win snapped a 120-game streak in which the Red Sox had lost a road game in which they trailed by six or more runs at any point.