Andrew Benintendi hit a two-run single in the 11th inning and the Boston Red Sox defeated the Texas Rangers 7-5 on Monday to score their fifth straight win.
Boston needed extra innings after Mike Napoli fired a Rangers homer to closer Craig Kimbrel at the end of the ninth. Kimbrel had only squandered one of his previous 24 salvage opportunities.
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In the 11th, with runners in second and third base and one out against Colombian Ernesto Frieri (0-1), the Rangers gave an intentional ticket to Dustin Pedroia, who already had three hits and four RBIs. Benintendi, who had entered as a hitter in the ninth, connected a ball that left the box on the left.
Heath Hembree (1-2), the sixth Boston pitcher, retired the six batters he faced in the last two bouts.
For the Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez of 6-1. The Venezuelan Sandy Leon of 5-0, with an annotated one.
For the Rangers, the Venezuelans Elvis Andrus of 5-1, with an annotated one; Rougned Odor 5-1, with an annotated and a driven. Dominicans Nomar Mazara 4-1, with a powered; Adrian Beltre 3-0; Carlos Gómez of 5-2, with an annotated and one impelled.