Consecutive walk-off wins over the Rangers have put Boston’s five-game losing streak in the rearview mirror and have the Sox on the verge of their first series sweep of the season.
Kevin Youkilis, who scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning Tuesday, had the game-winning double in the bottom of the 12th on Wednesday, capping a dramatic 8-7 victory.
Boston erased a four-run deficit in both games and has received eight scoreless innings from its bullpen in the series.
Clay Buchholz will be on the mound for the Sox, opposite southpaw C.J. Wilson.
Rangers (5-9) vs. Red Sox (6-9)
Thursday, April 22, 7 p.m. (NESN)
Fenway Park, Boston
Boston has won 11 of the last 13 matchups at home.
LHP C.J. Wilson (0-1, 2.08 ERA) vs. RHP Clay Buchholz (1-1, 1.80 ERA)
It’s been a bit of a mixed bag for Buchholz, who could still be competing to hold onto the fifth spot in the rotation. He was underwhelming in his opener at Kansas City and then done in by his defense in a loss to Tampa Bay on Saturday.
Buchholz gave up four unearned runs in the first inning and then threw four scoreless frames thereafter. He finished allowing just three hits and striking out seven.
A native of Nederland, Texas, the 25-year-old Buchholz is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in his career against the Rangers.
After four full seasons and most of a fifth coming out of the bullpen, Wilson won a job in the starting rotation this spring and has yet to disappoint.
In two starts, the southpaw has allowed three earned runs and struck out 14 in 13 innings. He is still seeking his first win as a starter in the majors.
|Marco Scutaro, SS
J.D. Drew, RF
Dustin Pedroia, 2B
Kevin Youkilis, 1B
Victor Martinez, C
Mike Lowell, DH
Adrian Beltre, 3B
Darnell McDonald, CF
Bill Hall, LF
It’s hard to imagine the Red Sox going for their first series sweep of the season after the way things went over the holiday weekend. But that’s what we have Thursday, thanks to a pair of dramatic wins the club hopes will fuel a run.
And with Texas on the ropes (it has lost six in a row) and the Red Sox’ punching bag Baltimore coming to town this weekend, a legitimate winning streak could be in the works.
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