Hunter Pence sprinted through his 14th homer of the season, although there was probably no need to hurry.
Pence hit a stand-up, inside-the-park home run and the Rangers beat Boston 9-5 Tuesday night at Fenway Park, capitalizing when the Red Sox unraveled after their manager and right fielder were ejected.
“Kind of just a weird incident to be a part of,” said Pence, whose fly to right in the sixth turned into a surprise two-run homer. “I’ve never done it, so now I have.”
Texas has won four of five, including Monday night’s 11-inning victory at Fenway.
The Red Sox lost their third straight loss and fifth in six games.
“Guys are frustrated. We try not to be, but games like tonight, it’s embarrassing,” said Brock Holt, who misplayed Pence’s homer. “We’re not playing well.”
Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts homered for the Red Sox, who dropped to 34-34 on a night filled with frustrations. Andrew Benintendi was ejected in the fifth, and manager Alex Cora also was tossed defending his outfielder.
Holt moved from left field to right in the sixth and couldn’t track down Pence’s fly at the short right-field wall. Holt fell onto the top of the wall and remained draped there while the ball rolled toward right-center. Betts, who moved from right to center, couldn’t get to the ball before Pence finished his dash around the bases. That put Texas up 9-3.
“I just took off running because I saw the ball,” Pence said. “I heard someone saying, ‘Slow down, slow down’ and I’m like, ‘I’m not slowing down until I see an umpire say something.’”
Braves 7, Pirates 5: In Atlanta, Brian McCann hit one of four Braves homers in the second inning and took Pittsburgh starter Chris Archer deep again with a tie-breaking, three-run shot in the sixth.
Astros 10, Brewers 8: Rookie Yordan Alvarez hit one of host Houston’s four home runs to become the first player in franchise history to homer in his first two big-league games.
Philles 7, D’backs 4: Scott Kingery hit a three-run homer, and Jake Arrieta threw six effective innings as host Philadelphia defeated Arizona.
Orioles 4, Blue Jays 2: Rookie John Means tied a season high with seven strikeouts and host Baltimore beat Toronto.
Cardinals 7, Marlins 1: Dakota Hudson allowed one run in a career-high seven innings, and St. Louis handed host Miami a sixth straight loss.
Indians 2, Reds 1: Rookie Oscar Mercado hit a bases-loaded single with one out in the 10th inning, leading host Cleveland over Cincinnati.
Twins 6, Mariners 5: Jorge Polanco scored the tying run on a wild pitch and Marwin Gonzalez hit the go-ahead RBI single during host Minnesota’s three-run eighth-inning rally.
Royals 3, Tigers 2: Jorge Soler had the tying RBI double in the eighth inning and Cheslor Cuthbert followed with the go-ahead run-scoring single as host Kansas City beat Detroit.
White Sox 7, Nationals 5: Welington Castillo hit a grand slam and top rookie Eloy Jimenez homered at home for the first time, powering Chicago over Washington.
Rockies 10, Cubs 3: Rookie Peter Lambert went five strong innings and baffled Chicago for a second time in five days as Colorado won its 10th straight home game.
Mets, Yankees split: The Subway Series opened with a day-night doubleheader as the host Yankees took the opener 12-5, with Luke Voit hitting a three-run homer off Zack Wheeler in a five-run fourth inning to erase a three-run deficit. In the nightcap, Pete Alonso hit a three-run homer in the first inning off an ineffective James Paxton, sparking a 10-4 Mets win.
Briefly: Baltimore right-hander Alex Cobb will have season-ending right hip surgery. He was 0-2 with a 10.95 ERA in three starts. … Seattle reinstated second baseman Dee Gordon (bruised right wrist) from the injured list. … St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina was activated from the 10-day injured list, and the team optioned catcher Andrew Knizner to Triple-A Memphis.
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