Bottom 12th: Red Sox 8, Rangers 7
Game over. Kevin Youkilis hits a deep drive over center fielder Julio Borbon’s head for a double, scoring Marco Scutaro with the winning run. By my count, 18 straight Sox batters had gone down before Scutaro singled in the 12th with one out. After Slammin J.D. Drew flied to center, Scutaro tagged at first and slid into second ahead of the throw. The Rangers walked Dustin Pedroia to set up a force. With two outs, it was up to Youkilis vs. righty Dustin Nippert. Result: Nippert went 3-0 on Youkilis, then 3-2 before Youkilis delivered the winning blow. The game was played in 3:49 before 37,518.
Bottom 10th, Red Sox 7, Rangers 7
David Ortiz sat on the bench with a bat in his hand. Francona let Lowell bat against hard-throwing RH Feliz, a sign of how bad things are going for Ortiz. Lowell grounded to third to end the inning.
Bottom 9th: Red Sox 7, Rangers 7:
Neftali Feliz throws his fastball at three speeds – 99, 100, and 101. He had an easy time with the Sox in the ninth. We’re heading to extras. Here comes Papelbon.
Top 9th: Red Sox 7, Rangers 7:
Tough night for the captain – Jason Varitek – 0 for 4 with three strikeouts. Darnell McDonald flied to center in the eighth, much to the disappointment of the crowd. Bard stays in for a second inning. Great job by Bard, who pitched two perfect innings. Unfortunately, Sox are about to see 100 m.p.h.-plus from Neftali Feliz.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 7, Rangers 7Sweet Caroline is in the books. Daniel Bard pitched a 1-2-3 eighth and here we are in the bottom of the inning, looking for a result. Jonathan Papelbon is warming for the Sox. Neftali Feliz is in the Texas bullpen.
Top 7th: Red Sox 7, Rangers 7
Just about to write what a nice job Josh Beckett had done keeping Sox in the game after allowing four runs the first two innings. Oops. Josh Hamilton just stroked a three-run homer to center to tie the score. Beckett had let Julio Borbon to reach on a tough error by Kevin Youkilis, who really had no play at first on Borbon’s tapper. Elvis Andrus walked and after Michael Young’s fly out, Hamilton struck on a 3-2 pitch.
Update : Dice-K is done after 5-2/3 innings for Pawtucket vs. Lehigh Valley. He threw 99 pitches. He allowed six hits, three earned runs, no walks, and had eight strikeouts. He allowed one homer.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 7, Rangers 4:
A ground-rule double by Youk followed by a single off the Wall by Mike Lowell. Another insurance run. Lowell is sure showing the Rangers, who backed out of their deal with the Red Sox last winter when Lowell came up with a damaged thumb ligament, why the Nolan Ryans might have misfired.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 4
If Darnell McDonald keeps playing like this, he may not go back to Pawtucket. In the top of the fourth he gunned down Julio Borbon after making a nice catch on a low liner by Michael Young. It was a close play but Borbon never tagged the plate. In the bottom of the fourth, McDonald drove a low Harrison offering into the center-field camera station.
First time a player had homered back-to-back in his first two Sox games since Sam Horn July 25-26, 1987. Saw those games as well.
Update: Dice-K is into his fifth inning of work for Pawtucket, leading, 4-1 over Lehigh Valley. He’s thrown 71 pitches. The only run off him came in the second when Dewayne Wise tripled and scored on Dusty Brown’s passed ball.
Bottom 3d: Red Sox 5, Texas 4
It’s one thing for Darnell McDonald, who likely will not be on this team long term, to jump-start the Red Sox Tuesday night. But it’s always better when a starter, who will be on the team from Day 1, performs the heroics. That’s why J.D. Drew’s grand slam in the third is pretty significant. Drew, who entered the game hitting .133, put a nice easy swing on a Harrison offering on the outside part of the plate and hooked it inside the foul pole in right. The Sox had loaded the bases when McDonald (walk), Hall (single), and Scutaro (single) reached to lead off the third.
Bottom 2d: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1
Mike Lowell, in the DH spot in place of David Ortiz, homered to the top of the Sports Authority sign in left field off Matt Harrison. It was his first of the season.
Top 3d: Rangers 4, Red Sox 1
Beckett stranded Chris Davis at second after a one-out double.
Update: Daisuke Matsuzaka is heading into his third inning of work in his third rehab start for Pawtucket in Lehigh Valley. He leads, 3-1. This will be Matsuzaka’s final rehab start and then the Sox have a tough rotation decision to make.
Top 2d: Rangers 4, Red Sox 0
Not starting well again. Rangers scored three against Beckett, who gave up a pair of walks, a run-scoring triple to No. 9 hitter Julio Borbon, a sac fly by Michael Young, and an RBI single by Josh Hamilton, breaking an 0 for 13. There was a stolen base (by Andrus), of course, and the Rangers dared J.D. Drew to throw out Borbon on Young’s fly ball to medium right. Borbon made it.
Top first: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0
Lots of teams stayed away from Vlad Guerrero, believing he was all done. Not quite. Guerrero entered the night hitting .340 with one homer and five RBIs, though he was mired in a 2-for-15 slump. But he connected on an outside fastball by Josh Beckett and pulled it into the left-center gap, scoring Josh Hamilton with the first Rangers run. Beckett got two quick outs but then walked Hamilton. Last night’s hero, center fielder Darnell McDonald, had trouble picking up Guerrero’s hit but no error was charged.