Texas Rangers defeat Boston Red Sox, 6-3

ARLINGTON, Texas - Just as it appeared John Smoltz was on his way to his best outing as a member of the Red Sox, entering the sixth inning having thrown just 75 pitches and holding the Rangers to one run, everything evaporated.

And quickly.

Smoke from fireworks still layered the air above the frantically waving flags in center field when Jarrod Saltalamacchia stepped to the plate in the sixth inning. The Rangers already had hit two home runs in the inning, a 424-foot bl...

ARLINGTON, Texas - John Smoltz has found consistency this season only in his lament after he pitches. He is angry he gives up runs, but he directs that anger at the fates, not at himself.

Smoltz grappled with the same emotion last night after a 6-3 loss to the Texas Rangers. What began as perhaps his best Red Sox start - five effortless, smooth innings - unraveled in an implosive, three-homer sixth inning. In Smoltz’s mind, the bottom line - six runs in 5 2/3 innings - ...