John Smoltz gave up five runs during the sixth, six total in the opener. (Ronald Martinez/Getty)
By Ian Browne / MLB.com
The Red Sox are now tied with the Yankees for first in the AL East after falling to the Rangers in the opener. With a one-run lead heading into the bottom of the sixth, John Smoltz faltered, giving up three homers, the last of which ended his night.
BATTING 2B: Young, M (28, Smoltz), Blalock (14, Smoltz), Hamilton (7, Smoltz). HR: Young, M (12, 6th inning off Smoltz, 0 on, 0 out), Murphy, Dv (8, 6th inning off Smoltz, 1 on, 2 out), Saltalamacchia
(7, 6th inning off Smoltz, 0 on, 2 out). TB: Hamilton 2; Blalock 3; Saltalamacchia 5; Young, M 7; Murphy, Dv 5. RBI: Blalock 2 (44), Young, M (38), Murphy, Dv 2 (25), Saltalamacchia (30). 2-out RBI: Blalock; Murphy, Dv 2; Saltalamacchia. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Byrd; Blalock; Andrus. Team RISP: 2-for-8. Team LOB:
BASERUNNING SB: Jones, An (4, 2nd base off Saito/Varitek).
FIELDING Outfield assists: Hamilton (Lowell at home).