Tyler Flowers must be able to feel a storm in his bat.
Two years ago against Seattle, Flowers blasted a rocket through raindrops for a go-ahead two-run homer. The skies opened up afterward, and the game was called in the bottom of the seventh.
Tonight, Flowers settled for a two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to break open a 3-3 game. Hector Noesi tossed a 1-2-3 inning with the help of Conor Gillaspie's defense, and the rain intensified to unplayable levels afterward.
That's one way to avoid the bullpen.
Noesi gets credit for a complete-game victory, but this was Flowers' night, and well before he put the Sox ahead for good.
He went 3-for-3, and all three hits were huge. He started a two-run rally in the third with a triple that bounced off the top of the wall in right (shades of Adam Dunn's double), tied the game with a Murder Time homer laser to left, and ended the Rangers' sixth by gunning down Jim Adduci at second. Dropping the two-run single to right was the icing on the cake left out in the rain, and even sweeter since he bailed out Gordon Beckham and Alejandro De Aza, both of whom struck out with the go-ahead run on third.
The only downside of the rain-shortened victory was that Flowers didn't get a chance to get the cycle. Everything else was going his way.
Noesi picked up his sixth victory of the season against the team that let the Sox have him. It wasn't pretty at the start, as he couldn't knock down Adrian Beltre's RBI single back through the box in the first. He compounded problems in the second by dropping a flip from Jose Abreu with two outs to extend the inning, then serving up a two-run homer to Rougned Odor.
But the Sox forced the door back open in the third. After Flowers tripled to start the inning, Adam Eaton and Alexei Ramirez walked to load the bases. Nick Martinez had to pitch to Jose Abreu, and Abreu showed why teams are pitching around him by delivering a two-run single through the middle.
*Abreu bounced back from his two hitless games with a pair of singles.
*Eaton's hot streak continued, as he went 2-for-2 with two walks and a stolen base. He was caught between second and third on a half-hearted steal attempt after Dunn struck out in the fifth, but he made a nice catch at the wall to take away a double and an RBI from Adrian Beltre in the top half, so the inning was a net positive.
*Flowers isn't too hot for Moises Sierra: