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Final: Rangers 6, Red Sox 3

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  April 18, 2012 07:05 PM

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Game over: Rangers 6, Red Sox 3

The Red Sox had one base runner (Cody Ross) on board against Texas closer Joe Nathan when Adrian Beltre threw Kevin Youkilis's ground ball wide of first. With runners in scoring position, pinch-hitter Ryan Sweeney singled to left, scoring Ross. Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who may be the most snakebitten player on the team, again hit the ball right on the money, but right at first baseman Travis Snyder, who doubled off Sweeney.

Top 9th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 2

Matt Albers keeps it a four-run game as we enter Red Sox' last ups.

Bottom 8th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 2

The top of the Sox' order goes down against reliever Alexi Ogando.

Top 8th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 2

Franklin Morales who had been very consistent out of the Sox pen, imploded. After one out, he allowed a single to Josh Hamilton, who advanced to second on a passed ball by Kelly Shoppach. After Adrian Beltre was walked intentionally, Morales walked Nelson Cruz. But Morales hit Craig Gentry with a pitch, forcing in a run. Red Sox killer Mike Napoli then doubled off the wall, scoring a pair. Valentine then made a curious move by having Morales walk lefthanded hitter Mitch Moreland intentionally to load the bases. He brought Matt Albers on hoping for a DP and that's what he got..

Bottom 7th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2

Kelly Shoppach doubled with one out, but the Red Sox couldn't even move the runner over. McDonald grounded to shortstop and Nick Punto, pinch-hitting for Jason Repko, struck out.

Top 7th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2

Beckett has struck out seven and retired the last 12 batters. He's thrown 110 pitches and is likely done with Vicente Padilla and Franklin Morales warming in the bullpen.

Bottom 6th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2

Sox went down 1-2-3 as Holland froze Ortiz on a called third strike to end the inning. The Sox have not had a hit since Mike Aviles's single in the third and he was erased when he was picked off.

Top 6th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2

Beckett has retired nine straight batters.

Bottom 5th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2

Sox got two walks (Shoppach and Aviles) but nada on the scoreboard. David Murphy made a nice diving catch in left to rob Darnell McDonald.

Top 5th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2

Beckett retires Andrus, Hamilton, and Beltre in order.

Bottom 4th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2

Ross, Ortiz, and Youkilis go down in order.

Top 4th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2

David Murphy singled and Mike Napoli homered, giving the Rangers their first lead. Napoli has four homers on the season.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Rangers 1

Mike Aviles singled to lead off the inning, but was picked off by Derek Holland. Adrian Gonzalez struck out for the second time to end the inning.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 2, Rangers 1

The Rangers had runners at the corners with two outs, but Beckett struck out Nelson Cruz with a 90 m.p.h. cutter to escape the jam. With one out, Ian Kinsler walked and Elvis Andrus singled to the wall, but Darnell McDonald retrieved the ball quickly and nailed Andrus trying to stretch a single into a double. Josh Hamitlon's infield single got Texas' first run in. After Adrian Beltre singled, Cruz fanned.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 2, Rangers 0

David Ortiz now 7 for 14 vs. lefthanders after a hustle double to left vs. Derek Holland. Kevin Youkilis homered to the light standard in left-center, a nice start after a 4-K night Tuesday.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0

Mike Napoli singled with two outs, but that was all vs. Beckett.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0

Cody Ross was elevated to cleanup but he took a called third strike from lefty Derek Holland, stranding Mike Aviles at third. Aviles walked and stole second (hist first theft of the season) but both Adrian Gonzalez and Ross whiffed.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0

Josh Hamilton lined a single over Kevin Youkilis's head with two outs, but Josh Beckett got Adrian Beltre to ground to shortstop, and Hamilton was forced at second base. Beckett was throwing his fastball at 92 m.p.h.

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