Final: Red Sox 13, Rangers 2
The Red Sox scored 13 runs after pounding out 16 hits -- including 2-run homers by Jacoby Ellsbury (sixth inning), Carl Crawford (seventh inning) and Adrian Gonzalez (eighth) -- to defeat the Texas Rangers for the second time in as many games in the third game of this four-game series in front of 30,724 at Rangers Ballpark.
Josh Beckett (11-5) helped the Red Sox (79-50) regainfirst place in the American League East after the Yankees were beaten 6-4 at home in 10 innings by Oakland.. Beckett picked up the victory after allowing one run on four hits and two walks while striking out four batters in six innings.
Top of 8th: Red Sox 13, Rangers 1
Adrian Gonzalez left no doubt when he made Darren O'Day pay for a mistake with a towering two-run shot to right that scores Jed Lowrie, who reached on a one-out single to right. It was Gonzalez's 21st homer of the year and gave him 99 RBIs for the season. Through eight innings, the Sox have outscored the Rangers, 24-10, in the first three games of the this series after losing the first three of the season at Texas, 26-11. Matt Albers will enter the game in relief of Morales in the bottom of the frame.
Bottom of 7th: Red Sox 11, Rangers 1
Franklin Morales entered the game and promptly sent the locals scurrying for the exits after he sandwiched a pair of strikeouts around a flyball out to center. He punched out Omar Quintanilla (looking) with a 96 fastball to end the inning.
Top of 7th: Red Sox 11, Rangers 1
Carl Crawford crushed a 2-run homer off Darren O'Day, sending it 403 feet to straightaway center, scoring Jed Lowrie, who reaches on a single to right. It gives Crawford 5 RBIs for the night, matching his career high for the third time. The last time he had this many RBIs was June 2, 2010, at Toronto. He now has 6 RBIs for the series vs. the Rangers. Morales enters the bottom of the seventh in relief of Beckett (11-5, 2.43 ERA), who allows one run on four hits and one walk while striking out four batters.
Bottom of 6th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 1
Beckett makes it through six, having thrown 110 pitches. It's highly unlikely he'll be back for the bottom of seventh as Franklin Morales is up in the bullpen warming up.
Top of 6th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 1
Jacoby Ellsbury, looking none worse the wear in his second game back after his three-game hiatus, tattooed a first-pitch offering from Tateyama 380-feet to the right field bleachers for a 2-run homer that scores Darnell McDonald (single to right). It's Ellsbury's 23d homer of the season and gives him 81 RBIs. After he hits an inning-ending pop foul to catcher Mike Napoli, Dustin Pedroia departs the game. Mike Aviles is now playing second base for the Red Sox in the bottom of the sixth.
Bottom of 5th: Red Sox 7, Rangers 1
Beckett gets out of the inning literally unscathed after fielding Ian Kinsler's rocket of a comebacker to the mound. It was the second out of the inning after Beckett had allowed back-to-back singles by David Murphy and Edny Chavez. Elvis Andrus's line drive out to Dustin Pedroia ends the inning. Yoshinori Tateyama will enter the game in the top of the sixth in relief of Matt Harrison, who allows seven runs on 11 hits in five innings of work.
Top of 5th: Red Sox 7, Rangers 1
Whatever fears the Red Sox had about David Ortiz being able to run with right heel bursitis were certainly put to rest when Ortiz hits a leadoff double to right. He advances to third on Jacoby Ellsbury's sacrifice bunt and scores on Carl Crawford's sacrifice fly to right. Jason Varitek ends the inning when he's thrown out by Rangers left fielder Josh Hamilton trying to stretch a single into a double.
Bottom of 4th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 1
Catcher Mike Napoli puts the Rangers on the board when Beckett elevates a 3-and-2 pitch and Napoli sends it on a 412-foot trip into the bleachers in left field. It breaks up Beckett's no-hit bid with one swing of the bat. Prior to that, Beckett had retired nine consecutive batters through 3.2 innings. Beckett strikes out Mitch Moreland (swinging) to get out of the inning with his 76th pitch of the game.
Top of 4th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
Marco Scutaro's RBI double to left scores Darnell McDonald, who reached after legging out an infield hit. He advances to second on Jacoby Ellsbury's ground out to second, and scores on Scutaro's hit.
Bottom of 3d: Red Sox 5, Rangers 0
Beckett continues to roll. He's thrown three no-hit innings at the Rangers, allowing just two baserunners on back-to-back walks in the first. Since then he's retired seven in a row.
Top of 3d: Red Sox 5, Rangers 0
Sox go down in 1-2-3 order: Lowrie flies to right, Crawford grounds to the mound, and Varitek grounds to short.
Bottom of 2d: Red Sox 5, Rangers 0
Beckett retires Rangers in 1-2-3 fashion. He has now thrown 40 pitches, 21 for strikes. Temperature has now dropped to 86 degrees.
Top of 2d: Red Sox 5, Rangers 0
Dustin Pedroia laces his second RBI single to left off Rangers lefty Matt Harrison to help the Red Sox tack on another run. Pedroia plates Jacoby Ellsbury for the second time in the game, this time after Ellsbury reached on a sharply-struck single to right with one out. With two out and two on, Harrison strikes out David Ortiz (swinging) to get out of the inning.
Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 4, Rangers 0
Josh Beckett gets two quick outs on 11 pitches, but labors to get the third when he fans Mike Napoli on a 95-mile-per-hour fastball with his 27th pitch of the inning. On a weather-related note, the winds picked up dramatically in the top of the first, which cooled off this roiling cauldron of a ballpark, where the game-time temperature of 103 degrees nosedived some 16 degrees to 87.
Top of 1st: Red Sox 4, Rangers 0
A huge start for the Red Sox, who erupt for four runs on five hits, including a 2-run double by Carl Crawford that scores Dustin Pedroia (RBI single to left) and David Ortiz (RBI single to right). Ortiz, who hadn't played since Aug. 14 because of right heel bursitis, showed little rust in his first at-bat, lacing a run-scoring single to right. He rounded third and ran through Tim Bogar's stop sign at third, scoring when Rangers catcher Mike Napoli (did he hear footsteps?) lost the ball as he attempted to make a tag at the plate on Ortiz.
Pregame: Greetings from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington where the Red Sox will try to take the third game of this four-game set in Texas. John Lackey helped the Red Sox snap a five-game losing streak against the Rangers in Tuesday night's 11-5 victory. Tonight, Josh Beckett (10-5, 2.46 ERA) goes to the mound to oppose LHP Matt Harrison (10-8, 3.28).
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