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Brock Holt hit a two-run homer that hit the top of Boston’s bullpen and fell in, Sandy Leon had four hits with three of a season-high nine doubles, and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 12-5 Monday.
Mookie Betts hit a two-run homer, Travis Shaw and Dustin Pedroia each added a solo homer as Boston banged out 13 extra-base hits.
The Red Sox feel into an early 4-0 hole before taking the lead on Holt’s two-run shot that capped a four-run third inning.
The left fielder said he took some razzing in the dugout, but joked that his drive counted as much as if he hit one where former Red Sox player and Hall of Famer Ted Williams was reported to have hit the longest drive ever in Fenway Park — 502 feet away in right in 1946. It’s marked by a red seat halfway up the bleachers.
“Yeah, when something like that happens people start poking fun,” Holt said, breaking into a smile “It counts the same as if I would have hit it to the red seat. As long as it gets out.”
David Ortiz and Hanley Ramirez each had two doubles. The Red Sox had a season-high 21 hits to win their second straight after a 21-2 rout by the Los Angeles Angels.
“Setting aside the blowout game, we’ve been swinging the bat much better as the calendar has turned,” Boston manager John Farrell said.
Rougned Odor hit a solo homer and two-run single for the Rangers, who have lost five of six.
Rick Porcello (10-2) overcame a rough first inning when he allowed four runs, improving to 7-0 in Fenway Park this season.
Nick Martinez (1-2) gave up six runs on 11 hits in 4 1/3 innings.
“Momentum starts with the starting pitching,” Rangers manager Jeff Bannister said. “Put four runs on the board early, we couldn’t keep them from scoring. It was a tough day for Nick Martinez.”
Porcello pitched six innings, giving up the four runs and 12 hits.
Trailing 4-1, Boston charged ahead with the four runs. Ortiz and Ramirez each hit run-scoring doubles before Holt’s drive bounced out.
“Just trying to be too fine,” Martinez said of his troubles.
Pedroia had an RBI single in the fifth and homered into the Green Monster seats two innings later, making it 9-4.
The Rangers jumped ahead 4-0 in the first when Odor hit his single, and Adrian Beltre and Jurickson Profar each had RBI singles.
Part-time player Leon had his second four-hit game this season and raised his average to .500.
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Ortiz tied Williams for the second-most doubles ever in Fenway with 319. Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski hit 382.
Bannister came up with the idea when he first saw the schedule, and the Rangers’ players, coaches and staff wore patriotic-themed suits – navy blue blazers covered with stars and red slacks – to Boston for Independence Day.
“The guys seemed to have fun with it,” he said. “First of all, what better place to come to. I looked up where we were going for July 4. I’m like: ‘Oh, perfect storm.’ Let’s suit up and go have fun in Boston.”
Rangers: 1B Mitch Moreland didn’t play for the second straight game after being scratched Sunday with tightness in his right calf.
Red Sox: Farrell said after the game that C Ryan Hanigan (neck strain) would be activated Tuesday and Christian Vazquez optioned to Triple-A. . LF/C Blake Swihart (sprained left ankle) took fly balls during optional BP.
Rangers: RHP A.J. Griffin (3-0, 2.93 ERA) is set to make his third start since returning from the DL after right shoulder stiffness.
Red Sox: LHP David Price (8-5, 4.74) will be looking for a better start against the Rangers. On June 24, he was tagged for 12 hits and six runs in 2 1/3 innings.