Game over: The Red Sox lost two out of three to the Texas Rangers in a game they led (2-0), tied (3-3), and then lost. Josh Beckett went seven innings and allowed four runs including a costly wild pitch in the seventh that scored the go-ahead run. The game was played in 2:43 before 44,104 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
Bottom 8th: Rangers 5, Red Sox 3 Nelson Cruz blasted a homer off Matt Albers to give the Rangers a cushion. It came on an 0-1 pitch. Albers retired the side after that.
Top 8th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 3 Aviles and Ellsbury made two outs vs. Holland before Ciriaco reached on a single to shortstop. That’s when Ron Washington came out to end Holland’s night. Righty reliever Mike Adams came on to face Dustin Pedroia. After Ciriaco stole second, Pedroia sent a long drive to left that Murphy seemed to come in on before going back and making the catch.
Bottom 7th: Rangers 4, Red Sox 3, Beckett got through seven innings in this Texas heat, but his 113 pitches put him in peril for the loss. He hit Elvis Andrus on the left hand with a high rising fastball with one out. With two outs Adrian Beltre singled to right field. The big righthander then threw a wild pitch with Michael Young up, allowing the go-ahead run to score. Have you ever seen two worse looking hitters at the plate right now than Carl Crawford and Josh Hamilton? By the way, Crawford was replaced defensively by Daniel Nava.
Top 7th: Red Sox 3, Rangers 3 Holland continues to deal. Crawford has looked awful at the plate, taking an 0 for 3 with two Ks and a popped up bunt.
Bottom 6th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 3 Another 1-2-3 inning for Beckett, who has recovered well from the three-run fourth.
Top 6th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 3 Dustin Pedroia recognized the need for a big hit – and homered to left field on a 2-1 pitch to tie it.
Bottom 5th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2 Beckett has a strong inning, retiring the side in order with a strikeout of Nelson Cruz for the final out.
Top 5th Rangers 3, Red Sox 2 Holland has found himself, retiring the Sox in order.
Bottom 4th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2 Oh well, his first-three-innings problem was solved, but the Rangers scored three off Beckett in the fourth to take the lead. Michael Young doubled and scored on David Murphy’s double with one out. A single by Yorvit Torrrealba and a nice suicide squeeze sac bunt by Craig Gentry scored Murphy. A bloop single to right by Kinsler drove in the third run.
strong>Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Rangers 0 Texan Will Middlebrooks homered on a 1-1 pitch by Holland to left with two outs to give Boston a two-run lead. It was his 12th of the season.
Bottom 3d: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 Excellent escape by Beckett, who put runners at the corners with no outs and then got out of it. Torrealba and Gentry each reached on singles to put runners at the corners, but Beckett got Kinsler to fly to right. Gentry moved to up to second base. Andrus then grounded to Pedroia at second, who gunned Torrealba out at home, and Beltre popped to Middlebrooks for the final out.
Top 3d: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 The top of the Sox order – Ellsbury, Ciriaco, and Pedroia (long fly ball to left) went down quickly. Sox can’t seem to get that big inning together.
Bottom 2d: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 Beckett allowed a one-out single by Michael Young, but retired everyone else, including a nasty curevball to David Murphy on which he swung and missed for strike three.
Top 2d: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 A Will Middlebrooks leadoff single was wasted as the next three Sox went down. Carl Crawford popped out a bunt attempt to catcher Yorvit Torrealba. I guess that bunting practice in spring training didn’t pay off.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 Josh Beckett took a 10.69 ERA into the first inning, but he retired the Rangers to preserve the one-run lead. He was trying to establish the inside part of the plate on righthanded hitters, but walked Elvis Andrus. Runners had stolen 12 out of 13 times off Beckett, but Kelly Shoppach threw out Andrus trying to steal. He also struck out Josh Hamilton, who was 8 for 17 with two homers in his career vs. Beckett.
Top 1st: Red Sox 1, Rangers 0 The Red Sox drew first blood off Derek Holland when Jacoby Ellsbury started with a walk, followed by a single through the first base-second base hole by Pedro Ciriaco that sent Ellsbury to third. Dustin Pedroia knocked into a double play, scoring Ellsbury. Holland did his retaliation thing for the Adrian Beltre beaning by Vicente Padilla Tuesday night when he nailed Adrian Gonzalez in the behind, but no warnings were issued.