Final: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
The Red Sox left Texas with three straight wins, outscoring the Rangers after tonight’s 6-0 victory.
Adrian Gonzalez led the nine-hit attack with a pair of first-pitch home runs, while David Ortiz and Jarrod Saltalamacchia had solo homers off Rangers starter Alexi Ogando (12-6) to spot Red Sox starter Andrew Miller (6-1, 4.42 ERA) with a 4-0 lead after four innings.
The Red Sox (80-50) departed Texas with a one-game lead over the Yankees (78-50) in the American League East standings.
Bottom of 8th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
What a hook. After issuing a one-out walk to pinch-hitter David Murphy, Aceves froze Ian Kinsler with a wicked curveball for a third called strike. He then got Elvis Andrus to fly to right to end the inning. Aceves turned it over to Dan Wheeler in the ninth after going 1.2 innings and walking one while striking out two batters.
Bottom of 7th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
Alfredo Aceves entered the seventh in relief of Andrew Miller and got the last two outs of the inning, striking out Mike Napoli (swinging) and inducing Yorvit Torrealba to fly to right. Miller wound up throwing 6.1 scoreless innings at the Rangers, allowing just three hits and two walks while strike out six. He threw 83 pitches (51 for strikes).
Top of 7th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
Feldman proved his was not unhittable after Marco Scutaro and Jed Lowrie both singled to left. The Red Sox stranded both runners, however, as Feldman got Gonzalez to fly to center to end the inning.
Bottom of 6th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
Miller encountered his first bit of trouble when Omar Quintanilla reached on a throwing error by Marco Scutaro and Ian Kinsler walked as the Rangers put two men aboard. Elvis Andrus grounded to short for the force on Kinsler at second. Miller got out of the inning when he struck out Josh Hamilton for the third time in the game and Saltalmacchia caught Andrus stealing second to turn the inning-ending double play.
Top of 6th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
Feldman continued to baffle the Red Sox with another 1-2-3 inning. He has retired six in a row since entering the game in the fifth, striking out three while not allowing a ball to leave the infield.
Bottom of 5th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
Another 1-2-3 inning for Miller, on seven pitches, no less. Ho-hum. Miller has retired seven consecutive batters and struck out two, giving him five punchouts for the game.
Top of 5th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
Scott Feldman, a 6-foot-6-inch, 230-pound righty from Hawaii, entered the game in relief of the besiged Alexi Ogando (4 innings, 6 runs, 6 hits, 1 walk, 5 strikeouts, 4 home runs) and got the Sox out in 1-2-3 fashion, striking out Adrian Gonzalez who swung and
missed at Feldman’s first pitch, marking the first time in the game Gonzalez saw a first pitch he didn’t homer. Update: According to Elias, the last Red Sox player to hit five homers in three games was Kevin Millar July 21-23, 2004, against the Orioles and Yankees.
Bottom of 4th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
Miller continues to mow ’em down. The Rangers go three up, three down as Josh Hamilton struck out, Michael Young flew to right, and Nelson Cruz grounded to third. Miller has thrown 49 pitches over four scoreless innings of two-hit ball.
Top of 4th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0
Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit his 13th homer of the season, a two-run shot off a first-pitch fastball from Ogando (he might want to stay away from those) to left that scored Carl Crawford, who reached on a single to center. It was the Red Sox’ fourth homer of the game, accounting for all of their runs so far.
Top of 3d: Red Sox 4, Rangers 0
Adrian Gonzalez rounded third to the chants of “M-V-P! M-V-P!,” after hitting his second first-pitch homer of the game. Gonzalez drilled an Ogando fastball 448-feet over the visitors’ bullpen in left to score Jed Lowrie, who drew a leadoff walk. It was the third homer Gonzalez had hit in as many pitches, going back to his solo shot in the eighth inning of Wednesday night’s 13-2 romp. It was also Gonzalez’s 13th multi-homer game of his career and second since Tuesday night’s 11-5 trouncing of Texas.
Bottom of 2d: Red Sox 2, Rangers 0
Proving John Lackey and Josh Beckett aren’t the only pitchers capable of fielding their position, Andrew Miller displayed some nifty athleticism in chasing down Yorvit Torreabla’s short infield chopper with a sliding scoop and a nice shovel toss to Adrian Gonzalez for the inning-ending putout. It was the second time in three games Torrelaba has been victimized by the fielding prowess of Sox pitchers after Lackey scooped up Torrealba’s comebacker and started a 1-4-3 double play.
Top of 2d: Red Sox 2, Rangers 0
David Ortiz homered for the 25th time this season, driving a 2-and-2 pitch from Ogando 395 feet to the bleachers in right field. It extended Ortiz’s hitting streak to nine games and marked his eighth season (all with the Red Sox) with 25 or more homers, breaking the tie he shared with Jim Rice (7 seasons) for the second-most 25-homer seasons by a Red Sox. Ted Williams owns the record with 14.
Bottom of 1st: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0
Miller, with a modicum of effort, retires the side in 1-2-3 order.
Top of 1st, Red Sox 1, Rangers 0
Adrian Gonzalez spotted the Red Sox and Andrew Miller a 1-0 lead with his 22d homer of the season, a 411-foot solo job to straightaway center off Alexi Ogando. It was his 100th RBI of the season.
Pregame: Greetings from Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas, where the Red Sox will attempt to go for their 80th win of the season. If the Sox were to do so in their 130th game of the season, it would mark the club’s fastest to 80 wins since 1978 (127th game). LHP Andrew Miller (5-1, 4.99 ERA) will start for the Sox vs. RHP Alexi Ogando (12-5, 3.30 ERA).
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