BOSTON (AP) — Martin Perez put Boston's leadoff hitter on base in seven innings. Then the left-hander pitched Texas out of jams by getting five double plays.
That helped the Rangers withstand a late rally and beat the Red Sox 10-7 on Tuesday night.
The double play is "a pitcher's best friend," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "They got on base, but he was able to eliminate them."
Boston's five double plays were one fewer than the American League record for a nine-inning game shared by eight teams. The major league mark of seven was set by the San Francisco Giants in 1969.
"Five double plays and we scored seven runs. I'm sure that's pretty rare, too," Jonny Gomes said after Boston's fourth loss in five games. "If we can score seven runs with five double plays, I think we're scratching the surface on the positive side."
The Red Sox grounded into double plays by Dustin Pedroia in the first inning, A.J. Pierzynski in the second, Jackie Bradley Jr. in the third, Ryan Roberts in the fifth and Pedroia in the sixth.
Perez (1-0) allowed four runs and eight hits in 6 1-3 innings.
"I'm not a power pitcher," he said. "I'm a groundball pitcher and when you throw good pitches down in the zone that happens."
Robinson Chirinos started a five-run third inning with his first homer of the season and the Rangers led 9-1 through six. Boston scored three runs in the seventh and, after Michael Choice made it 10-4 with a sacrifice fly in the ninth, the Red Sox scored three times in the bottom of the inning on an RBI single by Gomes and a two-run double by David Ortiz against Joakim Soria.
Mike Napoli, who had three singles for the second straight game, struck out to end it.
The Rangers finished with 13 hits, the first time in six games that they had at least 10. And they were 7 for 15 with runners in scoring position one night after going 0 for 8 in a 5-1 loss in the opener of the three-game series.
But designated hitter Adrian Beltre left in the sixth with tightness in the front of his left thigh and was to return to Texas to be examined. He was bothered by tightness on the side of that thigh in spring training.
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