September 19, 2020

Gonzalez homers twice as Red Sox beat Rangers 11-5

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Adrian Gonzalez rediscovered his power stroke and Jacoby Ellsbury made an immediate impact in his return to the lineup for the Boston Red Sox, who finally won a game in Texas.

Gonzalez homered twice after going deep only once in 155 at-bats over the previous 39 games, and Boston beat the AL West-leading Rangers 11-5 on Tuesday night to move within two percentage points of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

“I wasn’t hitting as many home runs, but I wasn’t worried about it,” said Gonzalez, who leads the majors with a .346 batting average. “I was getting on base. The main thing is we’re winning.”

The Red Sox (78-50) have been the best team in the majors since their 0-6 start that included being swept in three games at Rangers Ballpark in the season-opening series back in April. Boston then lost the opener of this series, limited to four singles in a 4-0 loss Monday night.

Ellsbury led off the game with a single, stole second base and scored when Gonzalez pulled a shot into the second deck of seats in right field to put the Red Sox ahead to stay. The All-Star center fielder had missed three straight games after getting hit in the back with a pitch.

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