SOX LOSE, FALL BEHIND RANGERS (5:05, END 9, 4-3 RANGERS)
This time, the Sox could not comeback against Franciso. Ellsbury flied foul to left. Pedroia struck out looking, and then yelled at home plate ump Lance Barksdale. Martinez, the hero on Friday, fell behind 0-2 and struck out flailing at a curve in the dirt.
After their stirring comeback on Friday, the Sox lost the series and fell behind by a 1/2 game in the wild card standings. The Sox hit two home runs, but they were both solo, and they left nine men on base. Starter Junichi Tazawa allowed 13 base runners in five innings.
LAST LICKS (4:58, END 8, 4-3 RANGERS)
Ramirez kept the game at 4-3 by striking out Young on a slider over the outside corner with men on first and second. On comes Frankie Francisco, who imploded Friday, to face the top of the Red Sox lineup.
LOOKING BAD (4:47, MID 8, 4-3 RANGERS)
The Sox threatened to at least tie the game. After Wilson struck out Ortiz, Lowell singled and Kotchman walked. With Anderson up, Nick Green pinch ran for Lowell at second. Anderson looked at strike three, low and away, on a 3-2 pitch. Gonzalez also looked at strike three, over the outside corner.
Ramon Ramirez is on to replace Okajima, who was impressive today.
OKAJIMA CRUISES (4:34, END 7, 4-3 RANGERS)
Okajima has done his job today, getting through a pair of scoreless innings. He struck out Marlon Byrd, indudced a grounder to second by Hamilton, and got a fly ball to center from Kinsler.
On to pitch is C.J. Wilson, who has struck out six and allowed one run in 4 1/3 innings against the Sox this season.
PEDROIA’S TURN (4:21, TOP 7, 4-3 RANGERS)
The home run binge this afternoon continued with Pedroia. He ripped a line drive just over the leftfield wall, 361 feet from home plate. The shot brought the Sox to within one. After a slow power start, Pedroia has six home runs in his past 19 games. Martinez followed with a walk, but Bay ended the inning by starting a 1-6-3 double play.
DOUBLED UP (4:16, END 6, 4-2 RANGERS)
Pinch hitter Andruw Jones replaced Murphy with two outs and men on first and second. He lined to third, where Lowell made the stab and fired to second to nab Andrus drifting too far off the base. Inning ended.
Mathis is in for Nippert to start the seventh. The Sox managed six hits and two walks off of Nippert.
Tazawa allowed 10 hits three and three walks, throwing 97 pitches, 54 for strikes.
TEAGARDEN CRUSHES ONE (4:10, BOT 6, 4-2 RANGERS)
Tazawa’s day is over after Teagarden blasted a solo home run off the upper deck in leftfield, a 419-foot shot to lead off the sixth. After Elvis Andrus walked, Francona replaced Tazawa with Hideki Okajima.
NOTHING DOING (3:43, MID 5, 3-2 RANGERS)
The Sox started a two-out rally when Jason Bay singled to left. Ortiz followed with a walk, his fifth of the series. With Doug Mathis warming in the Texas bullpen, Nippert went to 3-2 on Lowell. He struck him out with an 83-mph changeup that darted in and down. Lowell chucked his helmet, and the two runners were stranded.
TAZAWA THROUGH FOUR (3:33, END 4, 3-2 RANGERS)
Tazawa didn’t have his first 1-2-3 inning, but he came close. He walked Borbon with two outs. It didn’t come back to hurt him, as he retired Young. Pedroia leads off for the Sox.
RALLY FIZZLES (3:24, MID 4, 3-2 RANGERS)
Ellsbrury grounded to second, straning two men in scoring position. Tazawa is out for the fourth having thrown 53 pitches.
ORTIZ LEGS IT OUT (3:20, TOP 4, 3-2 RANGERS)
Ortiz walked to lead off the inning. This series, Ortiz is 3 for 7 with four walks, two home runs, and two doubles. Lowell walked as well, and Ortiz moved to third on Casey Kotchman’s long drive to the warning track in center. Brian Anderson lined a ball hard to right. Ortiz bolted when Hamilton made the catch, sprinting hard and sliding behind the plate so he could tap it with his left hand. Gonzalez followed with a ground rule double down the line in left, putting two men in scoring position for Ellsbury.
RANGERS GO AHEAD (3:07, END 2, 3-1 RANGERS)
Micahel Young remained at first after a leadoff single until there were two outs. Up came Josh Hamilton, who one-hopped a double off the base of the wall in left-center to score Young. Kinsler drove in Hamilton with single through the left side, giving Texas a two-run lead.
SOX CATCH A BREAK (2:52, END 2, 1-1)
The Rangers nearly took the lead. With two outs, Elvis Andrus ripped a double into the right-center gap. Before it bounced, it seemed Teagarden would score easily. Instead, it hoppped into the fence, and Teagarden had to go to back to third. With two men in scoring position, Tazawa induced a pop to left from Borbon to get out of the inning.
KINSLER TIES IT (2:46, BOT 2, 1-1)
Tazawa went to 3-0 on Kinlser, and Kinsler was not taking. He roped a fastball 380 feet over the leftfield fence, tying it up at one. With two out, Taylor Teagarden singled to center.
TAZAWA OUT OF TROUBLE, ORTIZ HOMERS (2:34, END 1, 1-0 SOX)
Making his second big league start, Junichi Tazawa wiggled out of a jam in the first inning. Julio Borbon, who has given the Sox fits this series, reached on an infield single to lead off. Tazawa walked Michael Young, putting two on with no outs. David Murphy grounded into a 4-6 fielder’s choice. Tazawa escaped when Marlon Byrd hit a soft liner to Dustin Pedroia, who made a leaping catch and picked Muprhy off of first.
David Ortiz scored the game’s first run with a 405-foot bomb to right-center of off Dustin Nippert. He really put a great swing on that ball. Ever since his chat with performance coach Don Kalkstein and unloading some frustration on reporters, Ortiz has got his power back.