Game over: Rangers 10, Red Sox 9
One pitch and that’s that. Nelson Cruz hit an absolute bomb to left field off Wakefield.
Sox kicked an 8-2 lead and now have dropped two straight. The only good news is Tampa Bay lost earlier in the night.
Regardess, two hideous losses in a row for the Sox.
Middle of the 11th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 9
The Sox down in order again. Texas has retired 11 straight and 14 of the last 15. Wakefield in now.
Victor Martinez fouled a ball off his foot when he was up and was down for a few minutes before he stayed in and lined to right. He is back behind the plate, too.
Top of the 11th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 9
Papelbon walked Hamilton with two outs. He then stole second, adding to his great night. Papelbon then fanned Guerrero looking.
Darren O’Day in for Texas. This could be where the Sox strike.
Middle of the 10th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 9
1-2-3 for Felix again. Texas pitchers have allowed one run on four hits in the last six innings.
Papelbon in now. Wonder if he’s “groggy” tonight?
Top of the 10th: Red Sox 9 Rangers 9
MDC allowed a walk but was otherwise unscathed. We go to extra innings. Not good for the Sox, who are 2-5 in extras.
Lowrie is out of the game for reasons not explained. Could be the heat as he continues to get over the mono. Feliz stays on the mound for Texas.
Middle of the 9th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 9
1-2-3 inning for Feliz.
Red Sox pitchers have allowed seven runs on 10 hits in the last five innings. Now Manny Delcarmen in to try and prevent a walk-off.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 9
Be careful what you wish for as Bard just blew a save.
The remarkable Josh Hamilton (now hitting .362) had his fourth hit, a double into the corner in right with two outs. Guerrero followed with a grounder up the middle that Lowrie grabbed and threw late to first. Hamilton kept running and scored from second, ahead of the throw from Lowell.
What a game by Hamilton. He is 4 for 5 with a homer, a double, an RBI, four runs scored and two great catcher in center.
Now Neftali Feliz is in for Texas.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 8
Bard got through the inning. Alexi Ogando came in and allowed only a single in the top of the 8th. Bard back out for the bottom of the inning.
Bottom of the 7th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 8
Can the Sox blow an 8-2 lead? They’re trying like heck. Doubront allowed a single then a one-out double by Cruz into the corner in right. Murphy followed with a sac fly to left.
In came Bard, who appeared to get the third out when Molina lined to right. But when Drew came running over to make the catch, he just missed the ball somehow. It was called a double by the charitable hometown scorer and another run scored.
Now it’s 9-8 and Bard still isn’t out of the seventh.
Middle of the 7th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 6
Drew has homered again, this time off Oliver.
Here’s why that is significant: Drew has hit poorly against lefties this season (.168) this season. And he now has four homers in the last four games, two coming off lefties.
It was the first homer Oliver has allowed to a lefty since Aug. 5, 2009 and only the second home run this season.
Felix Doubront comes out of the bullpen.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 8, Rangers 6
Dustin Richardson started the inning and allowed a one-out double by Blanco. Scott Atchison, who lives in the area and left a bunch of tickets for family and friends, came in and got Andrus to pop to right and struck out Young.
Bottom of the 6th: Red Sox 8, Rangers 6
Hamilton made a fantastic catch in center to rob Lowrie of extra bases, perhaps a homer. Then Patterson singled. With two outs, Ron Washington had Martinez walked and called in Darren Oliver to face Ortiz. Papi lined to the second baseman to end the inning.
The official report on Ellsbury: Left side pain.
The unofficial report is up to you. But it sure looks bad that he took himself out of the game. I’m sure we’ll get a full report in two months after he gets back from Arizona and gets his statement written.
Top of the 6th: Red Sox 8, Rangers 6
Beckett got through the fifth inning, striking out Molina after Murphy tripled. Tonight is a great example of why wins and losses aren’t a very accurate indication of how good a pitcher is. Beckett right now is in line for the win after giving up six runs on 10 hits (five for extra bases) in five innings.
Sox better keep scoring. They’re going to need the runs.
Bottom of the 5th: Red Sox 8, Rangers 6
Young and Hamilton just went back to back off Beckett. His line in the last two games at the moment: 8.2 IP, 20 H, 13 ER. Yilkes.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 8 Rangers 4
Murphy singled and scored on a homer by Moreland, the first for the rookie. In this park and with the Texas lineup, 8-4 is not very safe.
Bottom of the 4th: Red Sox 8, Rangers 2
Jacoby Ellsbury is out of the game. No word yet on what is wrong with him. He tumbled over the pitcher in the first inning on a play at first base, so perhaps that had something to do with it.
Ellsbury is 4 for 34 (.118) with three runs scored, no extra-base hits and two RBI in the nine games he has played since coming off the disabled list.
Eric Patterson now in center.
Middle of the 4th: Red Sox 8, Rangers 2
Scott Feldman (from across the hall) came in and walked Lowell. Kalish singled before Ellsbury reached on an error to load the bases. Scutaro followed with an RBI single (breaking an 0 for 22 skid) before Martinez lined a two-run single to left.
Ortiz grounded into a force but beat the relay throw as Scutaro scored.
The Sox have 30 runs in their last four games and 23 extra-base hits. It seems the offense has returned.
Top of the 4th: Red Sox 4, Rangers 2
Ortiz (No. 26), Beltre (No. 22) and Drew (No. 15) just went back-to-back to knock Hunter out of the game. Ortiz hit a line drive to center that looked like a clothesline. Beltre than went majestically to center, a 427-foot shot. Drew’s went to right.
Middle of the 3rd: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1
Lowrie homered to right to cut into the lead. He has been a slugger since coming off the DL as eight of his 16 hits have been for extra bases. It was his second homer in as many days.
Top of the 3rd: Rangers 2, Red Sox 0
Moreland singled, moved up on a groundout and scored on a single to center by Andrus. Ellsbury was playing deep and had no chance to throw the runner out. Looks like another shaky outing for Beckett, who has already allowed five hits.
Middle of the 2nd: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0
Drew and Lowell had two-out singles off Hunter. Kalish then crushed a ball to left but Murphy made a nice catch at the wall.
Top of the 2nd: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0
Good evening from Texas. My apologies for the technical issues this afternoon. But the blog seems to be working now and hopefully we’ll have updates throughout the night.
The Rangers scored a run in the first off Josh Becket on singles by Hamilton, Guerrero and Cruz. But he struck out Molina with the bases loaded. Game time temperature: 99.