Here are the lineups.
|RED SOX (17-18)||RANGERS (19-17)|
|Pedroia 2B||Choo LF|
|Victorino RF||Andrus SS|
|Ortiz DH||Beltre 3B|
|Napoli 1B||Fielder 1B|
|Gomes LF||Rios DH|
|Bogaerts SS||Choice RF|
|Ross C||Martin CF|
|Middlebrooks 3B||Chirinos c|
|Bradley Jr. CF||Sardinas 2B|
|Pitching: LHP Jon Lester (3-4, 2.59).||Pitching: LHP Martin Perez (4-2, 3.59).|
Game time: 8:05 p.m.
Red Sox vs. Perez: Gomes 2-7, Pedroia 1-6, Bogaerts 0-3, Middlebrooks 2-3, Napoli 3-3, Ortiz 0-3, Pierzynski 2-3, Sizemore 2-3.
Rangers vs. Lester: Arencibia 8-44, Rios 10-40, Andrus 6-25, Beltre 9-25, Fielder 6-20, Choo 1-13, Moreland 1-3.
Stat of the day: The Red Sox are 6-17 at Globe Life Park the last six seasons. They have allowed an average of 5.1 runs in those 23 games.
Notes: The Sox need Lester to come up big a night after they were held to one (well, for now) hit by Yu Darvish. Lester is 3-3, 4.56 in 12 career starts against Texas but 0-2, 7.62 in the last five. Lester is coming off a brilliant game against Oakland that saw him allow one hit and strike out 15 over eight innings. He has had two extra days of rest since . . . Perez is 1-0, 3.65 in two starts against the Red Sox in his career. The last one came at Fenway Park on April 8. He allowed four runs on eight hits over 6⅓ innings . . . Texas pitching is riding a streak of 23 scoreless innings . . . Will Middlebrooks (5 for 33) and Jackie Bradley Jr. (2 for 25) are struggling at the plate . . . Mike Napoli has reached base in 29 consecutive games . . . David Ortiz is one home run shy of tying Andre Dawson and Jason Giambi with 438 for 40th all time.
Song of the day: “Smoke” by Alejandro Escovedo.Peter Abraham can be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @peteabe.