Bottom 9th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 0
Game over. Before 37,417 in 2:58 the Sox couldn’t manage a run against the Ranger staff that featured a very effective C.J. Wilson who went the first 6-2/3 innings. Former Sox lefty Darren Oliver retired the Sox in the 9th – after a Victor Martinez single – to preserve Wilson’s win. MIke Lowell ended the game with a 5-4-3 double-play.
Top 8th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 0
Nice job by Scott Schoeneweis getting out of a jam and stranding runners at second and third. Schoeneweis, relieving Ramon Ramirez with Andrus at third after he doubled and moved to third on a ground ball out, retired Josh Hamilton on a ground out to first. After walking Nelson Cruz intentionally and a stolen base by Cruz, he got David Murphy to line softly to short. It’s Sweet Caroline time. Which means time is running out on the Sox.
Bottom 7th, Rangers 3, Red Sox 0
Sox had two on with two outs on a pair of singles by Victor Martinez and Adrian Beltre, but Darnell McDonald grounded out to third to end the inning. CJ Wilson did a heck of a job for the Rangers holding the Sox to four hits, no runs over 6-2/3 innings.
Top 7th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 0
Great while it lasted. Major bump in the road for Buchholz, who allowed three runs, two of them on three consecutive hits by Josh Hamilton (double), Nelson Cruz (RBI single) and David Murphy (double) after Cruz had stole second base. After Buchholz secured the next two outs, Blanco reached on an infield hit and Buchholz’ throw sailed over Kevin Youkilis’ head, allowing the runner to second. On the same play Adrian Beltre committed an error allowing the runner to third.Buchholz came out after 114 pitches. Probably left in a tad too long though the alternative was Ramon Ramirez, who did come in with two outs .
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0
Buchholz has nine strikeouts through six and has allowed a pair of hits. Really nasty.The Sox, however, still have problems solving C.J. Wilson. Youkilis’ second-inning hit and J.D. Drew’s sixth-inning single with two outs, remain the only blemishes on Wilson. .
Top 4th: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0
Buchholz threw a double-play grounder to David Murphy to end the fourth. Nelson Cruz had singled to rightcenter with one out. Murphy had come into the game 3-for-4 against Buchholz and he’s 1-for-2 tonight. Vlad Guerrero also hits him well – 4-for-9, 2 RBI but is not in the lineup.
Top 3rd: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0
Another strong inning for Buchholz, combing the heat (has topped 96) with a good breaking ball. Sox can’t do much yet against C.J. Wilson. Victor Martinez has knocked into his 7th double play, tops in the league.
Top 2nd: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0
When you think David Ortiz is going bad just take a look at catcher Taylor Teagarden’s season: 0-for-19, 14 strikeouts. Former Sox outfielder David Murphy, who is now the Rangers’ fourth OF, singled in the second to break an 0-for-10 slump. He’s now 2 for 15 on the season. Buchholz allowed a single to Murphy and walked Chris Davis, but got Teagarden and Andres Blanco (0-for-5 on the season) to leave two Texas runners on base.
Top first: Sox 0, Rangers 0
Clay Buchholz out of the gate strong. Two K’s and a ground out. Don’t think it’s Buchholz who will be adapting to a bullpen role to accommodate Dice-K, who returned to the team today though he won’t be activated until the Sox pick a date for his next start. The Sox would really like to keep Buchholz in the rotation from Start 1-32.