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Final: Rangers 9, Red Sox 1

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 23, 2012 08:14 PM

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Game over: Awful performance by the Red Sox, who failed to show up and lost their fourth straight game. Felix Doubront was touched up for six runs in five innings as Sox starting pitching continues to struggle. Jarrod Saltalamacchia gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the second inning and that was the only run of the game for the Red Sox who dropped to 48-49. The game was played 3:03 in 97 degree temperatures before 44,132.

Bottom 8th: Rangers 9, Red Sox 1 Mark Melancon is in for Monday's version of Garbage Time. Very good 1-2-3 inning.

Top 8th: Rangers 9, Red Sox 1 Sox offense continues to misfire. Crawford looked awful at the plate with two K's and 0-for-4 tonight. Good thing he got that day off.

Bottom 7th: Rangers 9, Red Sox 1 Good inning by Morales in official garbage time. Sox seemed out of this game a long time ago.

Top 7th: Rangers 9, Red Sox 1 Texas got Scott Feldman got through seven strong innings in an emergency start against the Red Sox. Salty doubled to rightcenter, a ball the umps actually reviewed because it hit the top of the fence. But it was upheld as a double.

Bottom 6th: Rangers 9, Red Sox 1 Felix Doubront went out with a thunder - a two-run bomb (416 feet) to left by Mike Napoli. He's out of the game and in comes Franklin Morales. The Rangers tacked on three more with Franklin Morales in the game. A brutal error by Carl Crawford (this guy used to be a Gold Glover) turning Kinsler's single into a two-base error.

Top 6th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1 Dustin Pedroia singled to lead off the inning and two outs later he was caught stealing to end the inning with Jarrod Saltalamacchia at the plate. It just gets worse.

Bottom 5th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1 Doubront has settled down, retiring Josh Hamilton Grounder to second base), Adrian Beltre (strike out) and Michael Young (fly to right)

Top 5th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1 Progress. A Jacoby Ellsbury single. This is tough to watch.

Bottom 4th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1 Doubront allowed an Ian Kinsler double with two outs, but no further damage.

Top 4th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1 The Red Sox went down in order against Scott Feldman.(can you believe this guy is shutting them down?).

Bottom 3rd: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1 Doubront put the first two batters on base - Gentry with an infield single and Kinsler with a walk. They pulled off a double steal. Andrus then hit a ball toward second base on which Pedroia made a nice play to get to the ball, but his throw was off-balance and went over Adrian Gonzalez' head at first base. Two runs scored. Josh Hamilton doubled in a third run and later in the inning, Michael Young singled in the fourth run.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 Jacoby Ellsbury reached on an infield hit and Dustin Pedroia singled with two outs but the Sox could not score.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 A leadoff double by Adrian Beltre and a walk by Nelson Cruz didn't seem to bother Doubront who got out of the inning without allowing a run.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 Jarrod Saltalamacchia returned to his old stomping grounds and powered a solo homer off Scott Feldman into the leftcenter bleachers, his 19th homer with two outs to give Boston the early lead. Will Middlebrooks followed with a double to right field, but the Sox couldn't get him in.

Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0 Felix Doubront needs a an effective game after veterans Beckett and Lester have let the team down. In the first, he allowed a leadoff bloop single to Ian Kinlser, but he was doubled off on an Elvis Andrus liner to Will Middlebrooks, who threw to first base to get Kinsler who had ranged far off the first base bag on the liner. Doubront struck out Josh Hamilton.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0 It was 97 degrees at 7:09 when the first pitch was thrown to Jacoby Ellsbury. Righty Scott Feldman, making an emergency start for Roy Oswalt (back), retired the Sox quickly in the first as Ellsbury (fly to left), Crawford (strikeout) and Pedroia (fly to center) went down.

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