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Red Sox thrash Rangers pitchers, then go cold against a hitter

Jun 4, 2013, 10:40 PM EDT

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The Red Sox racked up 17 runs while scoring in each of the first seven innings against the Rangers at Fenway on Tuesday and only to had to add one more against position player David Murphy in the eighth to become the 14th team in major league history to score in every inning of a game.

Yet they couldn’t quite do it.

After Daniel Nava‘s leadoff double in the eighth, Mike Carp struck out, Pedro Ciriaco lined out to left and David Ortiz hit a towering flyout to right, allowing Murphy to escape the inning unscathed.

It was Murphy’s first pitching appearance since high school. The left-hander, a former first-round pick of the Red Sox, was working in the high-70s in his inning. His lone strikeout led to Carp’s first career ejection, as Boston’s outfield disagreed with the called strike three.

Jackie Bradley Jr., Stephen Drew, Carp and Jarrod Saltalamacchia all homered for the Red Sox tonight. Bradley’s two-run shot was his first as a major leaguer. Drew finished with four hits. Nava scored four times.

Rangers starter Justin Grimm was torched for eight runs in 1 2/3 innings before being pulled. Joseph Ortiz later gave up six runs — three earned — in relief.

  1. badintent - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    Didn’t Jose Canceco pitch in a game ? I saw slugger Rocky Colavito pitch well for the Yankees back in the day.

    • mazblast - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:00 PM

      Yeah, Canseco pitched–and blew out his elbow. That’s one reason why most managers won’t even think of having a star pitch, even in a blowout.

      What’s really fun and very rare is when a position player pitches and gets the win. When Brent Mayne did it with the Rockies, it was the first time in at least 45 years that it had happened. Wilson Valdez also did it a couple of years ago for the Phillies against the Reds in a game that went something like 17-18 innings.

      • ewyorksockexchange - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:13 PM

        The phillies went 19 innings before Valdez came away with the win. I think he also became the only player aside from the babe to start a game as a position player and come away with the win as a pitcher in extra innings. I watched all of the game, it kinda sucked while being awesome. If that makes any sense.

      • Fruitland Generic Citizen - Jun 5, 2013 at 7:25 AM

        Don’t forget last year’s epic 17-inning battle between the O’s and Red Sox featuring Chris Davis, winning pitcher. In a game where he went 0-for-6. Adrian Gonzalez struck out, creating one of the best GIFs of all time. And Darnell McDonald took the loss.

    • tfbuckfutter - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:48 PM

      I have Rocky Colavito’s autograph on a ’63 Tigers team signed ball I found in an attic.

      Whitey Herzog, Norm Cash, Mickey Lolich and a few other recognizable names too.

      The only notable one missing is Denny McClain.

      • badintent - Jun 6, 2013 at 2:12 AM

        That’s a great list !! YOu can get McLain , just go to his Fed Ped and make a deal with the Warden.

  2. anotheryx - Jun 4, 2013 at 10:55 PM

    It’s not THAT rare for position player to pitch in blow out and very long games. Happens a couple times every season.

  3. aceshigh11 - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:04 PM

    What a mutilation.

    Anyone remember the infamous “Texas Twister” game from 2008, where the Red Sox blew a 12 – 0 lead against Texas after scoring TEN in the first inning alone??

    Ortiz hit TWO 3-run homers in the first inning.

    Amazing game…the Red Sox eventually won 19-17. It’s one of those games you don’t forget.

  4. proudlycanadian - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    The performance by the Texas pitchers was Grimm. It took a non pitcher to remind them how to do it.

    • historiophiliac - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:14 PM

      Moore didn’t do so well either.

  5. rsnorth - Jun 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Chris Davis pitched and got the win for the Orioles last year against the Red Sox.

    • nbjays - Jun 5, 2013 at 12:19 AM

      And therein lies the secret to beating the Bosox… run a position player out there in the first inning and hope he holds them off long enough for you to get a good lead. :-)

  6. fm31970 - Jun 5, 2013 at 2:26 AM

    “…only to had to add one more against position player David Murphy in the eighth to become the 14th team in major league history to score in every inning of a game.”

    Would it even have counted if they’ve scored in the eighth inning? I realize they would not have needed to bat in the bottom of the ninth, but it does say every inning. Just curious if it should be “in every inning in which the team needs to bat.”

  7. theskinsman - Jun 5, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    Nice win, I hope the Sox bats stay hot.

  8. rje49 - Jun 5, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Carp struck out looking on a nice curve that dropped in. If I was Carp, going back to the bench, I would have said “the scouting report didn’t saying anything about his curve!”

  9. hisgirlgotburrelled - Jun 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Usually you could take an iffy strike 3 call in stride when you previously were 3-3 on the night with a HR and your team was up 12 runs after 8 innings. Or at least have calmer reaction that doesn’t warrant an ejection. He must have been really pissed they didn’t get that run-in-every-inning thing.

  10. takavl - Jun 5, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Let’s not forget about Bill “Does It All” Hall pitching the ninth for the Sox vs. KC (5/28/10) and retiring the side 1-2-3 via groundouts. Murph was impressive but not as good as Billy! LOL

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