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Final: Red Sox 2, Rangers 1

Posted by Nick Cafardo, Globe Staff  July 24, 2012 08:13 PM

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Game over: His jersey top completely soaked in sweat and water, Alfredo Aceves retired the Rangers in the 9th getting two quick outs, then walking Mike Napoli before Craig Gentry popped out in foul territory to record his 21st save. Vicente Padilla was the winning pitcher in relief of Clay Buchholz who pitched seven strong innings. The game was played in 3:21 before 41,237 at The Ballpark..

Top 9th: Red Sox 2, Rangers 1 A two-out walk by Daniel Nava was key in the Sox go-ahead rally. Nava had come into replace Carl Crawford defensively in the 7th and drew the walk. Jarrod Saltalamacchia also walked against Texas closer Joe Nathan before Mike Aviles hit an excuse-me single over the leaping Mike Aviles to score Nava with the go ahead run.

Bottom 8th: Red Sox 1, Rangers 1 Interesting inning for Vicente Padilla. He eventually got out of a first and third jam, but he hit Adrian Beltre in the head with a pitch. Beltre came off under his own power but had to leave the game. Padilla was kicked off the Rangers when he had some HBP issues. It was bad timing on his part as he was booed loudly by the large Rangers crowd.

Top 8th: Red Sox 1, Rangers 1 Ciriaco, Pedroia and Gonzalez go down against Mike Adams. Buchholz out after seven and 105 pitches. Allowed four hits, one run, walked three and struck out one. Good outing but Sox offense gave him nothing.

Bottom 7th: Red Sox 1, Rangers 1 David Murphy remains 8-for-11 against Buchholz after drawing a two-out walk. Biuchholz went 3-2 to the dangerous Mike Napoli before walking him. He got Craig Gentry to fly out to end the inning.

Top 7th: Red Sox 1, Rangers 1 Sox doing about as well against Alexi Ogando as they did against Martin Perez. Three up, three down.

Bottom 6th: Red Sox 1, Rangers 1 Elvis Andrus stroked a double to right on a 3-2 pitch and scored following a wild pitch and a ground out by Josh Hamilton to tie it.

Top 6th: Red Sox 1, Rangers 1 Sox might have been thinking they can win a 1-0 game tonight against the Rangers.. Middlebrooks reached with a single and advanced on a balk by Perez, but Crawford ended the threat with a ground ball out.

Bottom 5th: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 Buchholz gave up a one-out double to Murphy, walked Mike Napoli with one out, but gor Craig Gentry to knock into a 5-3 double-play. Middlebrooks' throw was off the amrk, but Gonzalez stretched to make the play. The Sox have not made any play look easy tonight.

Top 5th: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 Who makes the play on the slow roller to third any better than Adrian Beltre? He did it to rob Pedro Ciriaco. The Sox went down in order.

Bottom 4th: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 Jacoby Ellsbury. running in from Mars, just missed Adrian Beltre's bloop double on a dive. Ellsbury tried to nab him at second, but Beltre avoided Dustin Pedroia's tag. No worries. Buchholz fielded Michael Young's grounder and threw him out.

Top 4th: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 Kelly Shoppach doubled to right off David Murphy's glove near the wall scoring Cody Ross with the first run. Ross had walked but watched as Middlebrooks flew out to right and Crawford looked awful striking out on a pitch in the dirt against Perez.

Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0 Mike Aviles makes a nice play in the hole to start a 6-4-3 double-play with the slow-footed Mike Napoli running down the first base line. Pedroia also made a nice turn. That was after David Murphy led off the inning with a single to center making him 7-for-10 against his former Pawtucket teammate, Clay Buchholz. Aviles allowed Craig Gentry to reach on his error, but Buchholz got out of the inning.

Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0 Just nothing going on with this Red Sox offense. Barely breathing. Ellsbury singled to lad off and then Ciriaco, Pedroia and Gonzalez just can't do a thing with the bat against a rookie pitcher.

Bottom 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0 Buchholz strong again in the second. Seems to be physically strong even after his hospitalization a couple of weeks ago.

Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0 What do you expect the Red Sox to do with the bases loaded and two outs? If you answered nothing you are correct again. Adrian Gonzalez, Will Middlebrooks singled and Kelly Shoppach walked with two outs but Mike Aviles flew out to right to end it.

strong>Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0 Well, an eventful inning. Ian Kinsler was hit with a pitch, picked off by Clay Buchholz and then ejected by first base umpire Tim Tschida for protesting the call with naughty words. Alberto Gonzalez replaced him. Buchholz, who was strumming on his guitar before his outing, got out of the first OK.

Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0 Another thunderous start by the Sox offense. They went down in order and quickly against rookie lefty Martin Perez. That's Jacoby Ellsbury (fly to center), DH Pedro Ciriaco (grounder) and Dustin Pedroia (fly to right).By the way, only 94 degrees at game time.

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