Game over: Red Sox 12, Rangers 7
Morales allowed a long solo homer by German but the Sox finally wrapped it up. They remain a half-game behind the Yankees. Game lasted a tidy 3:46.
Top of the 9th: Red Sox 12, Rangers 6
Reddick (4 for 4) was hit by a pitch from Darren Oliver. He stayed in to run the baes but then left the game.
Middle of the 8th: Red Sox 12, Rangers 6
The Rangers scored three off Wheeler in the eighth inning. Darren Oliver now in for Texas. He’s their sixth pitcher.
Top of the 7th: Red Sox 12, Rangers 3
The beating goes on. Crawford doubled, Reddick (4 for 4) singled and Ellsbury walked before Pedroia crushed a pitch off the wall in center to drive in three runs. That’s 77 RBIs for him.
Bedard is done after six solid innings. Dan Wheeler is the new pitcher.
Middle of the 6th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 3
Rangers reliever Mark Hamburger had a 1-2-3 innings. Bedard then worked around a two-out walk to Napoli.
Middle of the 5th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 3
1-2-3 inning for Bedard. That was big for him.
Top of the 5th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 3
After Salty’s homer, Pedroia had a one-out single and Yoshinori Tateyama replaced Lewis. Then Gonzalez was intentionally walked. Youkilis popped to left efore Ortiz was intentionally walked. Mike Aviles pinch hit for Lowrie (shoulder tightness) and ripped an RBI single to right. Crawford then blasted a grand slam to right.
In came Merkin Valdez. Singles by Reddick, Salty and Ellsbury added another run. Bedard certainly seems set up for his first win as a member of the Sox.
Bottom of the 4th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 3
Salty’s Revenge. Reddick started the inning with a single and Salty pounded a cutter into the stands in right field. That’s 14 homers for him, two against the Rangers. A one-out single by Pedroia has driven Lewis off the mound. With Gonzo up, Ron Washington didn’t have much choice.
Middle of the 4th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1
More terrific defense by Gonzalez. Torrealba doubled to start the inning and went to third when Murphy grounded out. With Gentry up, the Rangers tried a squeeze that was fouled off. Then the Sox pitched out. The Rangers tried it again and this time Gentry popped the ball up. Gonzalez broke in, caught the ball and tagged Torrealba at the plate himself. Inning over.
Top of the 4th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 1
Gonzo (6 for 7 against Lewis) singled before Ortiz singled with two outs. Lowrie singled to drive in a run and send Ortiz to third. Crawford then struck out swinging at a high fastball.
Middle of the 3rd: Rangers 3, Red Sox 0
This is starting to look an awful lot like last night. Bedard walked Kinsler and Andrus to start the inning. He struck out Hamilton, whose bat sailed into Section 16 after a big swing.
Young followed with an RBI single to right. Andrus beat the throw of Reddick to third and scored when Beltre grounded into a force. Beltre has four RBIs in the series so far.
Napoli nearly had a single, but Crawford made a nice running catch to end the inning.
Top of the 3rd: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0
Reddick had a ground-rule double with one out, the ball hopping over the short wall in right. But Salty whiffed and Ellsbury lined to right.
Middle of the 2nd: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0
Bedard has not been too sharp so far. Beltre walked, took second on a groundout and scored on a two-out single by Murphy.
Top of the 2nd: Rangers 0, Red Sox 0
The Red Sox mixed walks and outs in that inning and left the bases loaded. Ellsbury walked Pedroia grounded out. Gonzalez walked; Youkilis popped to second. Ortiz walked; Lowrie lined to second.
Middle of the 1st: Rangers 0, Red Sox 0
Sometimes you have to get a little lucky. Andrus singled with one out and went to third when Hamilton singled. Young then hit a rocked targeted for right field but Gonzalez snared it and jogged to the bag to double up Hamilton and end the inning.
Pre-game: Good afternoon from Fenway Park on a pleasant September afternoon. The Sox will try and rebound from last night’s game with Erik Bedard on the mound against Colby Lewis.
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