- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 8, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - Prince Fielder’s visit to Fenway Park wasn’t much better than the last one with his previous team.

Fielder, traded to Texas from Detroit during the offseason for second baseman Ian Kinsler, went 0 for 4 and committed a throwing error that allowed a run to score as the Rangers lost to the Red Sox 5-1 Monday night.

The slugger is in a 2-for-19 slump and is hitting just .143 (4 for 28) with no homers and one RBI with the Rangers.

“I’m just going to go up there. No matter how you feel you’ve got to give it your best,” he said.


The last time Fielder was in Fenway, the Tigers lost the AL championship series to the Red Sox. Midway through the clinching Game 6, he was caught in a rundown and tagged out attempting to get back to third base. It was part of a key double play that ended a Tigers rally.

On Monday, his throwing error allowed a run to score in the middle of Boston’s three-run eighth.

“It’s hard for me to tell,” Rangers manager Ron Washington said when asked about Fielder’s struggles at the plate. “He seemed to be calm, but offensively things aren’t happening. I certainly believe in him and I know sooner or later it’s going to happen.”

John Lackey pitched seven strong innings and Jackie Bradley Jr. singled in two runs for the Red Sox, who snapped a three-game losing streak.

The Red Sox never lost more than three straight last year when they won the World Series. They avoided dropping their first four home games for the first time since 1984.

Lackey (2-0) allowed an unearned run and five hits in seven innings five days after giving up two runs over six innings in a 6-2 win at Baltimore. Chris Capuano pitched the eighth and Koji Uehara escaped a second-and-third jam in the ninth in a non-save situation.

Tanner Scheppers (0-1) allowed Bradley’s run-scoring hits in the second and fourth, and Boston added three runs in the eighth.

“For the most part I kept the ball on the ground,” said Scheppers, who lasted five innings. “I’ve got to give the team more innings. I’ve got to go deeper in the ballgame. Forcing the manager’s hand in the fifth inning is not what a starting pitcher should do.”

Bradley, Mike Napoli and A.J. Pierzynski each had three singles for the Red Sox.

Boston took a 1-0 lead in the second on an RBI single by Bradley after singles by Xander Bogaerts and Pierzynski.

Texas tied it in the fourth on singles by Adrian Beltre and Alex Rios, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly by Mitch Moreland.

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