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Red Sox outlast Rangers, 3-2

Posted by Robert Mays  July 17, 2010 07:03 PM

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End of the 11th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 3

Youkilis with a fly ball deep enough to center field, and Scutaro scores standing up to win the game for Boston.

Bottom of the 11th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 2

Ogando intentionally walks Ortiz to load the bases. Ron Washington is headed out to the mound, and Texas will make a pitching change as Kevin Youkilis is up with a chance to be the hero.

Darren O'Day on to pitch for Texas.

Bottom of the 11th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 2

Ogando moves off the mound to field the bunt by McDonald, but he puts the throw to second in the dirt. Scutaro moved to third and McDonald to second as the ball bounced into left field. Ortiz is up with runners on second and third and nobody out.

Bottom of the 11th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 2

Ogando starts the inning by walking Scutaro. Quick conference at the mound.

Middle of the 11th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 2

Bill Hall with a great play to rob Vlad Guerrero of a hit, and Delcarmen puts the Rangers down in order in the 11th.

Initially, it looked like the ball might get between Hall and Youkilis on the right side, but Hall made a diving stop and got Guerrero at first to end the inning.

End of the 10th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 2

Ogando retires Hall and Dusty Brown, who came on after Shealy pinch hit for Kevin Cash earlier, to end the inning.

Manny Delcarmen will come on to face the Rangers in the 11th.

Bottom of the 10th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 2

Mike Cameron took several double-takes toward right field as he made his way back to the Sox dugout. Just like everyone else in the ballpark, he thought the fly ball he sent toward the Red Sox bullpen was out.

Nelson Cruz had other ideas.

Cruz stuck his glove over the fence in right and pulled the ball back into play, robbing Cameron of what would have been a walk-off home run.

Middle of the 10th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 2

Papelbon gets the Rangers 1-2-3 in the 10th, and Alexi Ogando will be on to face the Sox. I guess nine innings is enough for Cliff Lee.

End of the 9th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 2

Lee intentionally walks Beltre to get to Drew, and it pays off for Texas. Drew grounds out to Kinsler to end the inning, and we're going to extras. Papelbon is back on for the Sox in the 10th.

Bottom of the 9th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 2

Youkilis rips a ball past Young at third, and the game is tied. It gets all the way to the wall, and Youkilis pops up after sliding into second and lets out a yell. Beltre to the plate with the winning run on second.

Bottom of the 9th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

Ortiz hits it right to Ian Kinsler, who was playing about 10 feet back into the outfield grass in right. Scutaro moves to third.

Bottom of the 9th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

McDonald gets the bunt down, and the tying run is on second with one out. This place is rockin' as Ortiz steps to the plate.

Bottom of the 9th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

Marco Scutaro starts off the inning with a hit up the middle, and the Red Sox have their first base runner since the fifth inning.

Middle of the 9th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

Papelbon gets the Rangers 1-2-3 in the ninth, and Lee will be on to face the top of the order in the bottom half.

End of the 8th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

Nelson Cruz makes a great sliding catch on a ball slicing down the right-field line off the bat of Ryan Shealy, who was pinch hitting for Kevin Cash. It's another 1-2-3 inning for Lee, and Papelbon is on to pitch for the Sox in the ninth.

Middle of the 8th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

Bard gets Guerrero to ground into the 5-4-3 double play to end the eighth, and the score is still 2-1. Beltre made a play on the ground ball near the line and fired to Bill Hall at second who easily made the turn to end the inning. It will be Cameron, Hall, and Cash to face Lee in the eighth.

End of the 7th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

Six pitches later, and the seventh inning is over. Lee got Kevin Youkilis to ground out, Adrian Beltre to foul out to Chris Davis, and J.D. Drew to line out to center. The Sox have failed to put anyone on base in five of seven innings so far tonight.

Middle of the 7th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

Daniel Bard was up in the Sox bullpen as the inning began, but Lackey put the Rangers down in order for a quick top half of the seventh.

End of the 6th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

Another 1-2-3 inning for Lee. He's thrown 73 pitches through six innings, and he is absolutely cruising right now.

In his previous 14 starts of the season, Lee has thrown six complete games, second in the league to Roy Halladay, and he's gone less than seven innings just once. The guy really is a study in efficiency.

Middle of the 6th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

Lackey gets Molina to ground out to Beltre to end the inning, but it was a little more interesting than it needed to be. After picking the ball, Beltre took his time with the throw but still bounced it to Youkilis at first. But Youk made the pick, and the inning is over.

Lackey has thrown 106 pitches over six innings. We'll see how Francona uses his pitching staff over the next several innings.

Top of the 6th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

Lackey let the Rangers hang around just a little too long in the sixth, and he's paid for it. Hamilton singled to left to score Kinsler and tie the game, and on the next at-bat, Cruz singled to center to score Guerrero with the go-ahead run.

Top of the 6th: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

John Farrell makes his way to the mound as Lackey allows back-to-back base runners with two outs. After Ian Kinsler got his second hit, Lackey walked Vladimir Guerrero to put two on for Josh Hamilton.

End of the 5th: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

Hall and Cash both look at strike three, and Lee is out of the inning. Lee gave up a double to Mike Cameron with one out, the first hit he allowed since the first inning.

Middle of the 5th: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

Marco Scutaro flashing the leather on a Chris Davis ball up the middle. With one out, Scutaro made a sliding stop behind second, got to his feet, and got Davis at first.

Lackey gets Julio Borbon to tap it back to the mound for the third out of the inning.

End of the 4th: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

Youkilis hit a hard liner to left, but it was right at Josh Hamilton for the second out of the inning. Beltre followed with a fly ball out to shallow center, and the inning is over. Cliff Lee seems to have made an executive decision that the Red Sox aren't scoring anymore. He does that sometimes.

Middle of the 4th: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

Nelson Cruz grounds out to Bill Hall to end the inning, and Lackey has made his way through four without surrendering a run. He's thrown 67 pitches so far, and the Rangers haven't really threatened.

Top of the 4th: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

Kevin Cash catches Vlad Guerrero stealing second, and it looks like it would have saved a run. With two outs, Josh Hamilton laces a ball into the gap in left-center for a double.

End of the 3rd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

Scutaro goes down swinging and Hall grounds out to end the inning. Lee has really settled in after the first.

Bottom of the 3rd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

A great play by Michael Young at third keeps Kevin Cash off base. Cash hit a chopper down the line, and Young had to jump and fully extend his glove to prevent the ball from bouncing into left field.

Middle of the 3rd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

No problems for Lackey. The Rangers go down in order as Julio Borbon flew out to Scutaro, and Andrus and Young both grounded out.

End of the 2nd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

That's more like it. The Sox go down 1-2-3, including strikeouts by Cameron and Hall.

Middle of the 2nd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

We'll just call that some questionable base running by Nelson Cruz. Chris Davis had just walked, and Cruz, who was already on second, decided that taking off toward third when Lackey already had the ball was a good idea. It wasn't.

Instead of having two runners on, the inning is over, and the Rangers are still scoreless.

Top of the 2nd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

Josh Hamilton is having some serious problems holding onto his bat. That's the second time in as many nights that he's tossed it into the first few rows down the first-base line. This time it comes after a swing and miss on strike three. One down in the second.

End of the 1st: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

I definitely spoke too soon on that one. With runners on first and second, Lee gets Beltre to ground into the 4-6-3 double play to end the inning. Still a promising start for the Sox against Lee.

Bottom of the 1st: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

Youkilis with a hard-hit ball between short and third for another single. The Sox are hitting Cliff Lee hard right now.

Bottom of the 1st: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1

Ortiz singles to center field, scoring McDonald without a throw. Julio Borbon bobbled the ball as he scooped it off the ground, but it wouldn't have mattered. McDonald would've still been safe easily.

Bottom of the 1st: Rangers 0, Red Sox 0

Cliff who? Darnell McDonald doubles off the wall in left, and with one out, Ortiz steps to the plate with a runner on second.

Middle of the 1st: Rangers 0, Red Sox 0

The top half of the first is over, and the game is still scoreless! Lackey gets Guerrero swinging with two outs, and the Sox are already off to a better start than they've had in the first two games of this series.

Top of the 1st: Rangers 0, Red Sox 0

Marco Scutaro is getting all sorts of action. After two easy ground outs on balls hit by Elvis Andrus and Michael Young, Ian Kinsler shot a one-hopper to short that bounced over Scutaro's glove and into left field for a single.

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