ARLINGTON, Texas -- The Red Sox got on the right side of .500 for the first time since the opening week of the season with a 5-2 win over the Texas Rangers on Sunday, improving to 19-18.
The win also gave the Sox their third straight series win.
Boston has Monday off before beginning a three-game set in Minnesota.
Lackey feels at home -- Red Sox starter John Lackey looked very comfortable on the mound at Globe Life Park. He should have -- it was his 20th start in Arlington, the city where he played his college baseball at the University of Texas at Arlington. Lackey went seven innings, allowing two earned runs while striking out nine. It was his sixth outing this year in which he's allowed two or fewer runs and the third with no walks. The win moves Lackey to 5-2 on the season and puts him a game over .500 lifetime against the Rangers in Arlington at 8-7.
Return of Uehara -- Sox closer Koji Uehara saw his first action since his save against Cincinnati last Wednesday, picking up his ninth save of the season in short work. Uehara got Alex Rios to ground out and took care of the rest himself, striking out DH Mitch Moreland and pinch hitter Michael Choice, both looking. He his now 9-for-9 on the season in save opportunities.
Napoli makes them pay -- Rangers manager Ron Washington elected to intentionally walk Red Sox DH David Ortiz in the first inning with one out and Dustin Pedroia on third in favor of one of his former players, Mike Napoli. In the second pitch of his at-bat, Napoli doubled off the right-field wall, scoring Pedroia. Napoli and Ortiz both came home one batter later on a single by another former Ranger, catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
Snubbing a former teammate -- Napoli followed his clutch hit in the first with a fine defensive play to end the sixth. With two outs, Napoli had to contend with the sun and the wall down the first-base line but snagged a foul pop by former teammate Adrian Beltre. Just after making the catch, Napoli rocked over the wall, leaning into the crowd before displaying his glove with ball inside.
Pedroia reboots -- After a stretch from the third into the seventh inning that saw the Sox collect just one hit of Rangers starter Robbie Ross Jr., Pedroia again was Boston’s offensive spark, drilling a solo home run, his second of the season, into the visitors bullpen on a full count. Before Friday’s game, manager John Farrell lauded Pedroia’s selflessness moving into the leadoff spot for the good of the team and, in turn, truly becoming the catalyst for everything the Red Sox offense does.