Final: Rangers 4, Red Sox 0
The Texas Rangers got 6.2 innings from C.J. Wilson and a three-run homer by Mike Napoli to pin the Red Sox with a 4-0 loss in the first game of this four-game series at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington before a crowd of 33,920.
Erik Bedard absorbed the loss in his fourth start for the Red Sox since he was acquired from Seattle at the July 31 trade deadline.
Bottom of 8th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 0
Franklin Morales came in for the Red Sox and retired the Rangers in 1-2-3 fashion, striking out Nelson Cruz (swinging) and Mike Napoli (looking) before getting Mitch Moreland to ground to first. Neftali Feliz will pitch for the Rangers in the top of the ninth.
Top 8th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 0
RHP Mike Adams is now pitching for the Rangers. He set down the Red Sox in order, getting Josh Reddick to fly to right and back-to-back strikeouts of Marco Scutaro and Darnell McDonald.
Bottom of 7th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 0
Matt Albers has entered the game in relief of Erik Bedard, who went six innings and allowed four runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out four. He threw 107 pitches, 69 for strikes.
After giving up a lead-off double past third by Yorvit Torrealba, Albers loaded the bases after issuing back-to-back walks to Elvis Andrus and Josh Hamilton, but gets out of the inning by inducing Michael Young to fly out to right.
Top of 7th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 0
RHP Koji Uehara has entered the game in relief of C.J. Wilson (110 pitches) with two out in the seventh. After inheriting two runners on the corners with two out, Uehara got Jarrod Saltalamacchia to ground out to second on two pitches to end the inning.
Bottom 6th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 0
With two on and two out, Rangers' DH Mike Napoli broke it open with a 3-run homer (his 21st of the season) off a 1-and-2 fastball from Bedard. It was his 103d pitch of the game. Bedard got into a bit of jam with one out when he gave up an infield hit to Josh Hamilton (who was held to a single by Dustin Pedroia's nice diving stab) and a single to left by Michael Young. After striking out Nelson Cruz, Bedard was taken yard by Napoli's 399-foot homer to left.
Top 6th: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0
A 1-2-3 inning for Wilson, as well. He requires eight pitches, but needs only three to fan Adrian Gonzalez for the inning-ending punch out.
Bottom 5th: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0
A 1-2-3 inning for Bedard. He needs only seven pitches to do the job, too.
Top 5th: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0
Nothing doin' for the Sox in the bottom of the fourth, as they strand Carl Crawford (single past shortstop Elvis Andrus) at first.
Bottom 4th: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0
Bedard strikes out Mitch Moreland to end the inning, stranding Nelson Cruz at first after he reached on a chopped infield hit to third. Through four innings, Bedard has allowed just one run on four hits and one walk while striking out two batters. He's thrown 73 pitches, 46 for strikes.
Top 4th: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0
Sox fail to muster a response. Adrian Gonzalez grounds to first. Dustin Pedroia reaches on a lined single to center. And Jed Lowrie hits into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Bottom 3d: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0
Bedard gave up a run on two hits, but the Rangers should have never scored. Because of a controversial call by first plate umpire Doug Eddings, who ruled Josh Reddick trapped Ian Kinsler's fly ball to right, the Rangers wound up pushing across the first run of the game when Elvis Andrus came up and laced an RBI single to left, scoring Craig Gentry, who reached on a one-out walk. Terry Francona came out of the dugout to argue the call with Eddings, but it was to no avail. TV replays showed Reddick making the catch in the webbing of his glove. Jarrod Saltalamacchia made a heads-up playing picking off Andrus at first as he attempted to steal second. Bedard got out of the inning by getting Josh Hamilton to fly to center.
Bottom 2d: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0
After retiring the Rangers in 1-2-3 fashion in the bottom of the first, Erik Bedard gives up a lead-off single to Michael Young, induces Nelson Cruz to fly to right, and strikes out DH Mike Napoli (two pitches after he claimed to have been hit on the wrist by a pitch, contrary to the decision of home plate umpire Paul Nauert, who claimed it was a foul ball off the bat), and got Mitch Moreland to ground to second for inning-ending out.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0
After retiring the first two batters he faced, Rangers LHP C.J. Wilson gives up a single to left to Adrian Gonzalez and a walk to Dustin Pedroia before inducing Jed Lowrie to hit a ground ball to third for the force out on Gonzalez.
Greetings from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, where the weather has cooled somewhat to a balmy billion degrees (Farenheit). Yes, that's billion with a `b'. Of course, we're exaggerating. But it does feel like it out there.
Update, 8:07 p.m. Game time temp: 102 degrees. No joke.
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