Concern about Ortiz clouds Boston's 4-3 loss to Rangers

A fan holds a sign sending thought and prayers to former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was shot Sunday evening in the Dominican Republic, prior to a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2019. Ortiz is expected to return to the area to be treated at a Boston hospital. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Matt Barnes walks back to the mound after giving up a two-RBI single to Nomar Mazara during the ninth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
The Boston Red Sox and fans pause for a moment for former Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz, who was shot Sunday evening in the Dominican Republic, prior to a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2019. Ortiz is expected to return to the area to be treated at a Boston hospital. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor (12) is congratulated after scoring on a single by Danny Santana during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox fans keep track of strikeouts by starter Chris Sale at the top of the seventh inning during a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Chris Sale delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Texas Rangers first baseman Logan Forsythe (41) makes a force-out on a groundout by Boston Red Sox's Sam Travis during the fourth inning of a baseball game at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
Texas Rangers' Rougned Odor (12) is congratulated after scoring on a single by Danny Santana during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in Boston, Monday, June 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

BOSTON — Boston Red Sox manager Alex Cora started to feel it, with his ballclub loading the bases in the 10th inning after rallying to tie it in the ninth.

"This is kind of what David used to do," Cora said on a night when the game seemed secondary to his concern over former teammate David Ortiz. "It's one of those days you don't want to be a part of, honestly. But we have a job to do."

Danny Santana doubled to lead off the 11th for his fourth hit of the game and scored on Elvis Andrus' single, leading the Texas Rangers to a 4-3 victory over the Red Sox on Monday night.

Near the end of the game, Ortiz landed in his adopted city in an air ambulance from the Dominican Republic, where he was shot in the back while at a nightclub on Sunday night. Fans observed a moment of reflection before the game and chanted his nickname — "Papi!" — during it.

"You're talking about a guy that put a team and a city on his back, basically his entire career," said Red Sox starter Chris Sale, who struck out 10 in seven innings of three-hit ball and left with a 2-1 lead. "Obviously, you want to be able to pick him up when you can."

But the Red Sox weren't able to manage a walk-off hit like those that were the hallmark of Ortiz's career.

Instead, it was the Rangers who rallied from a 2-1 deficit in the ninth inning to take a 3-2 lead. Boston tied it in the bottom half to send the game into extra innings, but Texas went ahead again in the 11th — and this time, it stuck.

Santana led off the 11th with a line drive down the line, a ball right fielder Mookie Betts had to dive for to stop it from bounding all the way to the corner for a potential inside-the-park homer. Andrus hit one up the middle past Ryan Brasier (2-3) to make it 4-3.

Jesse Chavez (2-1) pitched the 10th, and Chris Martin worked the 11th for his second save. The Rangers beat the Red Sox for just the third time in 15 games and snapped a six-game losing streak against Boston.

FOR STARTERS

Sale allowed just one unearned run.

Texas' Mike Minor allowed two runs on four hits and two walks, striking out six in eight innings. He walked Betts to lead off the bottom of the first, and Andrew Benintendi followed with a home run to left-center, his seventh of the season.

Minor only allowed four more baserunners.

"I'm proud of Mike," Texas manager Chris Woodward said. "He's trying to prove he's an elite pitcher. He gets down 2-0 to Sale, one of the best in the game, a lot of pitchers with any kind of doubt where they stand, if they're an elite pitcher or not, maybe kind of fold their tent."

FOR RELIEVERS

Brandon Workman pitched a perfect eighth for Boston, but Matt Barnes gave up a one-out single to Santana followed by a double by Andrus. With the infield in, Nomar Mazara fisted the ball over the head of shortstop Xander Bogaerts for a single to give Texas a 3-2 lead — its first of the game.

It was Barnes' fourth blown save in eight opportunities.

"They took (Sale) out after seven and I think his pitch count was under 100, I think that kind of energized us," Minor said. "Bring in the 'pen, I know we're going to get these guys."

Texas reliever Shawn Kelley allowed two singles to start the ninth before Rafael Devers to hit a high chopper for a 4-3-6-3 double play. Brock Holt hit a blooper to left-center to score pinch-runner Michael Chavis and make it 3-3.

But Holt was easily thrown out at the plate when he tried to score from first on a high fly ball by Marco Hernandez that dropped in down the right field line for a double, sending the game into extra innings.

FALSE STARTS

The Red Sox loaded the bases in the 10th, but Bogaerts lofted an easy fly to center to end the inning.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Rangers: OF Willie Calhoun transferred to extended spring training in Arizona. He has been on the IL since May 22 with a left quad strain.

Red Sox: DH J.D. Martinez returned after missing four games with tightness in his back.

UP NEXT

The Rangers will send righty Ariel Jurado (3-2, 2.78 ERA) to the mound in the second game of the series against Darwinzon Hernandez (0-0), who will make his first career start. He pitched 2 1/3 scoreless innings of relief on April 23, his only major league appearance.

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