Struggling Red Sox hope to bounce back vs. Rangers

Boston Red Sox's Josh Smith reacts after the fly out by Texas Rangers' Delino De Shields to end the baseball game in Boston Thursday

Boston Red Sox's Josh Smith reacts after the fly out by Texas Rangers' Delino De Shields to end the baseball game in Boston Thursday

After an ugly Red Sox loss on Tuesday night, adding another in such an very bad, heartwrenching fashion seemed both highly plausible and completely impossible at the same time.

Pence took the batter's box in the top of the sixth inning with his Texas Rangers leading the Boston Red Sox, 7-3 and Nomar Mazara on second base.

Christian Vazquez opened the ninth with a ground-rule double, and Jackie Bradley Jr.'s single to shallow right moved pinch-runner Marco Hernandez to third.

Darwinzon Hernandez (0-1) made his first major league start and struck out seven, but he struggled with his control and allowed four runs - three earned - on three hits and five walks.

Red Sox skipper Alex Cora was ejected in the fifth inning attempting to defend outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who was also tossed.

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Rafael Devers had two hits and an RBI, Vazquez posted two hits, and reliever Matt Barnes (3-1) notched the win with a scoreless ninth. Hunter Pence leads the club with a.585 slugging percentage, including 26 extra-base hits and 14 home runs.

Texas starter Lance Lynn and Boston's Rick Porcello each produced quality starts and departed the game with the Red Sox ahead 3-2.

In most cases, inside-the-park home runs are one of the most exciting plays in baseball. So when a 3-2 lead over Texas evaporated in the eighth inning on an error and sacrifice fly, it felt all too familiar.

Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts homered for Boston, which has lost three straight and five of six.

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