GAME 9: RANGERS AT RED SOX
RED SOX (3-5)
Bradley Jr. CF
Pitching: RHP Jake Peavy (0-0, 3.00)
Pitching: LHP Robert Ross (0-0, 3.60 ERA)
Game time: 4:05 p.m.
Red Sox vs. Ross: Gomes 1-2, Pedroia 1-2, Bradley 0-1, Carp 0-1, Herrera 0-1, Nava 0-1, Ortiz 0-0, Pierzynski 0-1.
Rangers vs. Peavy: Beltre 8-36, Fielder 10-38, Choo 9-21, Andrus 4-12, Arencibia 1-6, Moreland 3-6, Wilson 0-2.
Stat of the Day: After grounding into five double plays Tuesday night against the Rangers, the Red Sox have been doubled up a major-league high 15 times this season. The Kansas City Royals are the only other team in double digits with 10.
Cooling down: After starting the season 6 for his first 10, Dustin Pedroia has gone 5 for 28 (.179) in his past six games with as many doubles as double-play balls (2).
Notes: The Sox have lost four of their last five games. Texas has had their number in recent years, going 30-15 against the Sox since 2009 … In four career starts against the Rangers, Peavy is 0-2 with a 7.59 ERA, his highest against any club. He hasn’t pitched against them since he was with the White Sox back in April 2012, when he gave up three runs on eight hits over six innings in a 4-3 win … Ross is making his second career start, after striking out a career-high seven a week ago against the Phillies. He’s faced the Red Sox five times in relief duty, giving up just one earned run in 3 1/3 innings of work … The Sox are second in the American League with 82 hits, but ninth in runs scored with 31 … Only two teams have left more runners on base than the Sox’s 62 — the Rays and the Yankees, who’ve both stranded 68 … A.J. Pierzynski is 6 for his last 8 after starting 2 for 16. He had easily his longest at-bat of the season, working Rangers starter Martin Perez for nine pitches before shooting an RBI single to second.
Song of the day: “That’s The Way Of The World,” by Earth, Wind and Fire.
-- By Julian Benbow, Globe Staff
Matt Pepin, Sports Editor 4/9/2014 4:58:45 PM