But his work is not done. Here are the last-place Rangers, and Tavarez will have to figure them out. If he does, he'll have bounced back from a subpar start in Seattle on Monday, his first loss since May 11. He had lowered his ERA a full run, from 5.59 to 4.50, in barely a month.
The Rangers will send Kameron Loe to the Fenway Park mound. The 6-foot-7 right-hander's ugly numbers belie strong performances of late. Loe is the first member of his team's pitching staff to win three straight starts, and he owns a 2.07 ERA in those games.
Solid recent pitching isn't the only thing that differentiates these Rangers from the ones that Boston saw in April and May. Slugger Mark Teixeira, who hit a three-run homer against Tavarez on May 27, will not play. He has been disabled since June 9 with a strained left quadriceps.
BOS: RHP Julian Tavarez (5-5, 4.60 ERA)
Tavarez has yielded eight earned runs in 9 2/3 innings against the Rangers this year, four each in starts on April 7 and May 27. On April 7, his first start of the season, the crime was walks; he issued five free passes in just four innings, including two to Texas nine-hole hitter Gerald Laird. The home run against Teixeira sunk Tavarez in his more recent start at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
TEX: RHP Kameron Loe (4-6, 6.02 ERA)
In one career start at Fenway Park, Loe threw five shutout innings, and he was credited with a victory after the game was called due to rain. The Red Sox have had success against the tall right-hander on other occasions, managing a .294 batting average and drawing eight walks in 21 innings, mostly on the road. Loe is 1-1 in his career against the Sox. He earned a no-decision against Tavarez on May 27.
Player to watch
Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has pounded four hits in eight career at-bats against Loe, including a home run and a double.
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Monday: Red Sox (Kason Gabbard, 1-0, 6.48) vs. Rangers (Brandon McCarthy, 4-4, 5.90), 7:05 p.m. ET
Tuesday: Red Sox (Daisuke Matsuzaka, 9-5, 3.80) vs. Devil Rays (Scott Kazmir, 5-4, 4.26), 7:05 p.m. ET
Wednesday: Red Sox (Tim Wakefield, 8-8, 4.31) vs. Devil Rays (Edwin Jackson, 1-8, 6.88), 1:05 p.m. ET