Final: Red Sox 11, Rangers 5
After getting shut out in Monday night's opener of this four-game series, the Red Sox tonight got their vengeance in a big way, scoring 11 runs off 14 hits (including a pair of homers by Adrian Gonzalez) to win for the first time at Rangers Ballpark for the first time this season after losing five straight, including a season-opening three-game set.
John Lackey (12-9, 5.98 ERA) picked up the win after going 6.2 innings and allowing four runs on seven hits, including a solo homer by Josh Hamilton in the fifth. He had entered the game with a 11-13 lifetime record (6.07 ERA) against the Rangers.
Dan Wheeler was the third reliever in the game and gave up a solo homer to Ian Kinsler in the bottom of the ninth before striking out Elvis Andrus to end the game before a crowd of 25,705.
Top of 8th: Red Sox 11, Rangers 4
After Darren Oliver took over in the seventh for Colby Lewis, Mark Lowe came in with two out and men on the corners to face Marco Scutaro. The Red Sox short stop hit what initially appeared to be a two-run homer off the top of the wall in left. It was ruled a double by third base umpire Paul Nauert and reviewed by the umpiring crew and upheld as a double. Adrian Gonzalez drew an intentional walk and Dustin Pedroia, who came to the plate 0-for-4, made Lowe pay dearly with a towering two-run double off the wall to left.
Alfredo Aceves will pitch the bottom of the eighth for the Red Sox.
Bottom of 7th: Red Sox 7, Rangers 4
Pitching change. With two out and one on, Franklin Morales relieved Lackey and got Josh Hamilton to fly to left. Lackey went 6.2 innings and allowed four runs on seven hits, including a solo homer by Hamilton, and three walks while striking out five. He threw 106 pitches, 64 for strikes.
Bottom of 6th: Red Sox 7, Rangers 4
Wow How else to describe the manner in which Lackey extricated himself from that mess? With one out and runners on first and and third, Lackey got Yorvit Torrealba to hit a comebacker to the mound. Lackey fielded the groundball between his legs, dropped to his knees as he spun around and fired to second baseman Dustin Pedroia for the force out on Mitch Moreland. Pedroia then turned the inning-ending 1-4-3 double play by throwing out Torrealba at first.
Bottom of 5th: Red Sox 7, Rangers 4
The Rangers got one back when Josh Hamilton unloaded on a 0-and-1 pitch from Lackey and sent it rocketing 396-feet to the bleachers in right field. Lackey has now thrown 80 pitches, 43 for strikes.
Bottom of 4th: Red Sox 7, Rangers 3
Lackey, even in this oppressive weather, seemed to give new meaning to the term "a little high heat,'' after he struck out Endy Chavez (swinging) on an elevated 92-mile-per-hour cutter to end the inning after getting Yorvit Torrealba (swinging) on an 87-mile-per-hour slider. Through four innings, Lackey has allowed three runs on four hits while walking two and striking out four. He's thrown 73 pitches (43 for strikes).
Top of 4th: Red Sox 7, Rangers 3
Aching neck? What aching neck? Adrian Gonzalez's neck certainly didn't appear to be causing any short circuit in his power swing after he homered for the second time in the game (and 20th time this season). Gonzalez powered a 1-1 pitch from Lewis that traveled 402 feet over the fence in left center. It was Gonzalez's 12th multi-homer game of his career and second of the season after hitting a pair of homers May 10 at Toronto.
Bottom of 3rd: Red Sox 6, Rangers 3
Lackey began to labor in the inning when he loaded the bases on three consecutive singles then walked in the Rangers' first run with a free pass to Elvis Andrus, which left the bases loaded for Josh Hamilton, who lofted a sacrifice fly to center that scored Endy Chavez from third. With one out, DH Michael Young then lofted a sacrifice fly to right that scored Ian Kinsler from third, making it 6-3. Lackey got out of the inning by inducing Nelson Cruz to ground to short. That makes it four sac flies, two apiece by each team, so far in the game.
Top of 3d: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
The Sox tacked on two more to their run total. Josh Reddick snapped an 0-for-8 hitting skein with his sharply-struck lead-off single past Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler. He went from first to third on Jed Lowrie's single to right and scored on Crawford's RBI sacrifice fly to right. Lowrie scored from first on Ryan Lavarnway's RBI double to center, prompting Lewis to receive his second mound visit of the game from pitching coach Mike Maddux. The visit did the trick as Lewis got Saltalamacchia to fly to left for the inning-ending out.
Bottom of 2d: Red Sox 4, Rangers 0
After retiring the first five batters he faced, including two on strikeouts, Lackey allowed his first baserunner to reach when he walked Mike Napoli. But he got out of the inning on a 3-4-3 defensive gem by Dustin Pedroia, who stopped short as he moved to his left and spun to reach to his right for a groundball by Mitch Moreland that caromed off Adrian Gonzalez's glove. Pedroia fired to a laid out Gonzalez to make the put out.
Top of 2d: Red Sox 4, Rangers 0
The Sox tacked on two more runs against Lewis in the second. Jed Lowrie got things going with lead-off single. Lowrie beat out a soft groundball down the line to first for a basehit. Carl Crawford, batting in the No. 7 hole, followed with a single to right. After Ryan Lavarnway struck out swinging, Jarrod Saltalamacchia rapped an RBI double to right, making it 3-0. After Lewis issued an intentional walk to Ellsbury to load the bases for Marco Scutaro, the Sox shortstop responded with an RBI sacrifice fly to center, scoring Crawford from third.
Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 2, Rangers 0
John Lackey, looking to redeem himself for his 9-3 loss he absorbed here vs. the Rangers April 2, looked strong and in his element in the searing Texas heat as he recorded a 1-2-3 inning on 13 pitches.
Top of 1st: Red Sox 2, Rangers 0
Adrian Gonzale, who last hit a home run July 30 at Chicago, got his 19th of the season with a towering two-run shot to the right field porch here at Rangers Ballpark off a 2-and-0 pitch from Colby Lewis. Gonzalez drove in Jacoby Ellsbury, who reached on a lead-off single to right, stole second and advanced to third on Marco Scutaro's sacrifice bunt.
Pregame: Greetings from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, where the game time temp is 103 degrees. Earlier this month, the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex area snapped a streak of 40-consecutive days of 100-degree heat. Looks like they're working on another streak. Let's see if the Red Sox, on the heels of a 4-0 shutout loss Monday night, can heat it up as well.
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