End of the 9th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 2
It looked as if things might get interesting in the final frame for the Sox, but after Cameron homered and Bill Hall reached on an error, both Kevin Cash and J.D. Drew went down swinging.
Marco Scutaro was the last chance for the Sox, but he sent a lazy line drive to Michael Young for the final out of the game.
Bottom of the 9th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 2
Ian Kinsler charges in to make a play on a slow ground ball off the bat of Bill Hall but bobbles it as he tries to make the transfer. Hall is safe at first, and the tying run is at the plate for the Sox.
Bottom of the 9th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 2
The fifth hit of the day for the Sox is a big one. Mike Cameron takes a 2-2, 97-mph fastball from Neftali Feliz and puts it into the Monster seats to cut the lead to two with nobody out in the 9th.
Middle of the 9th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1
Michael Bowden comes on for his first appearance of 2010 after being called up today and gets the Rangers in order. After getting Nelson Cruz to fly out to center, Bowden struck out Chris Davis and Matt Treanor to end the inning.
End of the 8th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1
After Youkilis gets a two-out single and moves to second on defensive indifference, Beltre lines a shot right at Vladimir Guerrero in left field to end the inning.
Ortiz struck out for the third time today prior to Youkilis’ at-bat. He hasn’t looked comfortable at the plate all day.
Middle of the 8th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1
Lester gets Hamilton to hit into the 6-4-3 double play to end the inning.
Top of the 8th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1
The booing has not stopped. It’s coming after every pitch now. It’s getting comical.
Top of the 8th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1
Elvis Andrus led off the inning with a double into right field, and Michael Young followed it up with a walk.
Ian Kinsler sent a single into left field on the next at-bat, and Darnell McDonald threw home for a close play at the plate, but Andrus was called safe by home-plate umpire Gary Darling.
No one was happy. Lester was animated in his reaction to the call, and it drew Terry Francona out of the dugout. The fans here at Fenway have been booing for the last couple minutes.
End of the 7th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1
After Drew drew a walk to put two on with two outs, Scutaro flies out to center field to end the inning. Kevin Youkilis seems to have used up the Sox clutch hit allotment for the series after last night.
Jon Lester is back on for Boston. J.D. Drew will stay in the game in right field, and Kevin Cash is on to catch.
Bottom of the 7th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1
Nava walks, and Sandy Koufax, er, C.J. Wilson, excuse me, is finally done after 7.2 innings.
His 10 strikeouts on the day are a career high. He gave up only three hits and one run over the course of a gem that rivaled what Cliff Lee put together last night.
J.D. Drew on to pinch hit for Dusty Brown.
Middle of the 7th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1
That’s two straight innings that Lester hasn’t allowed a base runner as he strikes out Borbon to end the inning. It’ll be Cameron, Hall, and Nava to start the 7th for the Red Sox. They’re 0-for on the day.
End of the 6th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1
Kevin Youkilis walked to put runners on first and second for Adrian Beltre, but Wilson got the third basemen swinging to end another scoreless inning for the Sox.
Lester is back on to face the Rangers in the 7th.
Bottom of the 6th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1
A hit! A double, even! Marco Scutaro sends one down the line in left field and easily makes it to second base to start the inning for Boston.
Middle of the 6th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1
Following a slight delay after Nelson Cruz fouled a ball off his foot, Lester strikes Cruz out to end the inning. That’s the first inning today where Lester has not allowed a base runner.
End of the 5th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1
Dusty Brown followed up a Daniel Nava walk by sending a weak ground ball to shortstop to start a 6-4-3 double play and end the inning. The stellar offense of the Red Sox catching committee continues.
We’re through five innings, and C.J. Wilson has allowed two hits less than Cliff Lee had given up at this point last night. The back-to-back hits by Youkilis and Beltre in the second are the only ones so far for the Sox, who haven’t been able to get anything going offensively.
Middle of the 5th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1
Kinsler grounds out to shortstop to end the inning.
Top of the 5th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1
Lester gets Michael Young swinging, but as Dusty Brown attempted to throw out Andrus stealing second, Borbon made his way toward home and beat the throw from second base to make the score 3-1.
Top of the 5th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1
Daniel Nava misplaces a line drive off the bat of Julio Borbon, and it ends with Borbon standing on second base. Nava moved forward after the ball left the bat, and when he realized that it was traveling over his head, he slipped as he tried to recover and it sailed right over him.
Elvis Andrus followed the play by putting a bunt down the first base line. Kevin Youkilis bobbled the ball as he tried to throw back toward first, and everyone was safe. The Rangers have runners on the corners with one out.
End of the 4th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1
The Sox go quickly and quietly. A fly out to center by Youkilis was followed by a ground out to second by Beltre, and Cameron struck out to end the inning.
Middle of the 4th: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1
Wild sequence there as the Rangers take the lead on a double by Nelson Cruz that turned into a whole lot more.
Lester retired the first two batters of the inning before giving up a single to Josh Hamilton. Cruz followed it up with a double into the left-center field gap. When the throw went home in an effort to get Hamilton at the plate, Cruz headed toward third, and Dusty Brown’s throw beat him by several feet. But Beltre couldn’t keep a hold of the ball as he tried to make the tag, and after the ball rolled into left field, Cruz was able to score.
End of the 3rd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1
Wilson strikes out Dusty Brown and Marco Scutaro to start the inning, and after walking Darnell McDonald, he gets Ortiz swinging to strike out the side and end the inning.
Middle of the 3rd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1
Michael Young just sent a rocket back at Lester, who snagged the ball off one bounce and flipped to Youkilis for the third out of the inning. Texas has put a runner on base in every inning, but the Rangers have never really threatened so far. Lester has bounced back from each walk and base hit by inducing harmless ground balls or tossing strike outs.
End of the 2nd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1
Bill Hall drew a walk, but Daniel Nava followed it up with a perfect double play ball to Andrus, who flipped to Kinsler for the easy turn.
For as excellent as Nava has hit from the left side, he has struggled against lefties. That at-bat makes him 4 for 21 from the right side of the plate since he’s arrived with the Sox.
Bottom of the 2nd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 1
I feel like I’ve seen this before. Adrian Beltre absolutely crushes a line drive to the wall in left-center field for a double, and Youkilis scores from first standing up.
Bottom of the 2nd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 0
Another base hit for Kevin Youkilis to lead off the inning. After the game last night, Francona said that he knew if the Sox managed to get to Youkilis in the 9th, they’d be OK. Who can blame him? The guy only has an OPS of .983. How was he not an All-Star, again?
Middle of the 2nd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 0
Lester walks Guerrero to start the inning but follows it up by inducing his second double-play ball of the game as he got Josh Hamilton to hit a ground ball to Marco Scutaro, who stepped on second base and threw to first for the second out.
Nelson Cruz dropped a base hit between a chasing Bill Hall and Darnell McDonald, who’s in right field today, but Lester got Chris Davis to fly out to end the inning.
End of the 1st: Rangers 0, Red Sox 0
Well, it didn’t matter what side of the plate they were hitting from in that inning. C.J. Wilson rolls through the first three Red Sox hitters, including swinging strikeouts from Scutaro and Ortiz.
Bottom of the 1st: Rangers 0, Red Sox 0
A couple things about C.J. Wilson: He’s been ridiculous against lefties this year to the tune of 9 for 94 for a .096 batting average.
Also, he’s got an electric blue glove that undoubtedly came with a pair of 9-volt batteries. Yes, I stole that from a Freddie Prinze Jr. movie. No, I’m not ashamed of it.
Middle of the 1st: Rangers 0, Red Sox 0
The Rangers led off the game with two straight singles, but Lester still managed to face only three hitters in the inning. Elvis Andrus followed up a base hit that broke an 0-26 slump by getting picked off first base, and after Michael Young singled, Lester got Ian Kinsler to hit into a 5-4-3 double play that Beltre and Bill Hall made look easy.
Top of the 1st: Rangers 0, Red Sox 0
It’s a festive afternoon here at Fenway Park as the Red Sox celebrate their 600th straight home sellout. The players just finished throwing buckets of baseballs into the stands, and the Sox are now taking the field. We’ll see if the Sox can keep the mojo going after last night’s dramatic win and come away from the series with a split. It’s Jon Lester against C.J. Wilson today, and as always, we welcome and appreciate your thoughts and comments.