Jackie Bradley Smacks First Major League HR

11:17 PM, Jun 4, 2013   |    comments
  • Jackie Bradley, Jr. waits his turn in the batting cage prior to Tuesday night's game with Texas (Bob DeChiara-USA Today Sports)
  • Boston Red Sox left fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. rounds the bases after hitting a home run during the second inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
  • Jackie Bradley, Jr. hits his first career major league home run (Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports)
    
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BOSTON (AP) - Jackie Bradley Jr. hit his first career home run and finished with three RBIs, and the Boston Red Sox set season highs for hits and runs in a 17-5 rout of the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

Bradley, the former Gamecock, was on the Red Sox opening day roster. He was sent down to Triple-A Pawtucket but was recalled last week.

Stephen Drew, Mike Carp and Jarrod Saltalamacchia also homered for the Red Sox, who scored at least one run in every inning through the first seven and hit for the cycle as a team in the second. The Red Sox finished with 19 hits, eight of them doubles.

Ryan Dempster (3-6) ended a streak of five winless starts with his first victory in a month for Boston. He allowed three runs on five hits over seven innings, striking out six with one walk.

Justin Grimm (5-4) allowed eight runs, all earned, in 1 2-3 innings for Texas.

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