BOSTON – The good news: Jackie Bradley Jr. produced a solid effort at the plate for the second consecutive game.
Back to the good news for a moment: Bradley went 2-for-4, including a two-run double, and now has five hits and four RBIs in the last two games. He grounded into a 5-4-3 double play in the third inning and struck out in the fifth before delivering his opposite-field, two-run double in the bottom of the seventh. He added a single in the bottom of the ninth.
Unfortunately for the Red Sox, Doubront lasted only 2 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on six hits, with three walks and two strikeouts. The lefty tossed 59 pitches, just 31 strikes.
His outing against the Rangers was quite different from his first start of the season April 3 at Baltimore, where he worked 5 1/3 innings and allowed three runs on six hits helping Boston to a 4-3 win.
On Tuesday, Doubront retired six of the first seven batters he faced but imploded in the third inning. He faced 10 batters in the inning as Texas gained a 5-0 lead before manager John Farrell replaced him with Burke Badenhop.
Badenhop struggled too. He went 2 1/3 innings and allowed four runs on five hits with one walk.
The Sox scored a run in the fourth on Mike Napoli’s RBI single, and A.J. Pierzynski added a broken-bat RBI single in the seventh. Boston made it 9-4 when Bradley provided his two-run double.
Tough decision: With lefty reliever Craig Breslow expected to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday, Brandon Workman likely will be assigned to Triple-A Pawtucket. Knowing he might be on his way out, Workman was lights out against the Rangers. He entered the game in the top of the sixth and worked four solid innings, allowing one run on two hits, with zero walks and three strikeouts. After retiring the first nine batters he faced, Workman allowed a leadoff double to Jim Adduci in the ninth. Later in the inning, Texas added a sacrifice fly for the only run Workman allowed.
If he is assigned to the minors, Workman figures to return to the starting rotation. The right-hander earned his first career Opening Day roster this season. Last season, Workman pitched for Double-A Portland, Pawtucket and the Red Sox. He appeared as both a starter and reliever for Boston in 2013. If he is sent down, it won’t be long before he’s back in the mix this season.
Sizing it up: Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore continues to roll on this homestand. He went 3-for-4 with a pair of singles, a double and a run scored in Tuesday’s loss. Overall, he’s 6-for-14 with two runs, two doubles, four singles and three walks this homestand.
Debut: Newly acquired infielder Ryan Roberts made his Red Sox debut and started at third base. He batted in the No. 8 spot in the order and finished the night 0-for-2 with two walks.
Up next: The Red Sox close out their first homestand of the season Wednesday with a 4:05 first pitch against the Rangers. Jake Peavy makes his second start of the season for Boston. The right-hander is 0-2 in four career starts against the Rangers. Texas sends lefty Robbie Ross (0-0, 3.60 ERA) to the mound.