Sox running hot-and-cold on homestand

April, 19, 2012
BOSTON -- Offensively, the Boston Red Sox have been a Jekyll-and-Hyde team so far during the homestand.

Over the first three games, Boston raked the vaunted Tampa Bay Rays pitching staff for 31 runs. Not surprisingly, the Red Sox won all three of those games.

Over the past three games, Boston has managed a mere six runs, and was shut out once. Again, not surprisingly, the Red Sox lost all three of those games.

In losing Wednesday night, 6-3, to the Texas Rangers, Boston was only 2-for-9 with runners in scoring position. The Sox were 2-for-14 with runners in scoring position overall in the three defeats.

Until Ryan Sweeney’s pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth inning Tuesday night, all of Boston’s runs during the losing streak had come on home runs. Dustin Pedroia rocketed a two-run homer and Adrian Gonzalez hit a solo shot in Tuesday night’s 18-3 loss and Kevin Youkilis connected for a two-run bomb Wednesday night.

“That’s just baseball,” said Youkilis. “There’s no formula for it. We haven’t put it all together right now. They’ve had good pitching, too.”

“We have to find a way to be more consistent,” said outfielder Cody Ross. “That’s baseball. You go through stretches when you’re scoring like we did against the Rays and you go through stretches like we did the last couple of days.”



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