Game over: Big win for the Red Sox who got back to .500, winning their second straight game. A lot of energy around the team the same day that ownership backed Bobby Valentine. Aaron Cook gave the Red Sox quite a boost with seven strong innings. Junichi Tazawa finished it off but allowed a solo homer to Adrian Beltre in the ninth. The game was played in 2:47 before 37,316.
Bottom 8th: Red Sox 9, Rangers 1 Jacoby Ellsbury reached on an infield hit and then scored on Carl Crawford’s double off lefty reliever Michael Kirkman. Adrian Gonzalez then knocked Crawford in with a single. Cody Ross hit a sacrifice liner to right to score pinch-runner Pedro Ciriaco.
Top 8th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 1 Junichi Tazawa took up where Aaron Cook left off – a 1-2-3 inning in the eighth. Cook, one run on six hits over seven innings,
Bottom 7th: Red Sox 6, Rangers 1 It’s a good thing the Red Sox added an insurance run here because no lead is safe with the Rangers. Adrian Gonzalez knocked in Dustin Pedroia.
Top 7th: Red Sox 5, Rangers 1 Cook pitched well in his final inning, walking Soto but no harm. The veteran rigthhander had the sinker working and did the team a huige favor with his performance.
Bottom 6th: Red Sox 5, Rangers 1 Ryan Kalish was thrown out trying to steal after a single. Mike Aviles also got on base, but the Sox failed to add to their lead.though Crawford’s drive to left was caught at the wall on a leaping catch by Murphy.
Top 6th: Red Sox 5, Rangers 1 Cook keeps rolling, a 1-2-3 inning where he struck out Hamilton and got a pair of ground outs by Beltre and Cruz.
Bottom 5th: Red Sox 5, Rangers 1 Darvish’s best inning striking out Ross and Salty and getting Middlebrooks to pop out.
Top 5th: Red Sox 5, Rangers 1 Cook has settled down and the sinker is working. He walked Ian Kinsler but got Michael Young to rill back to the pitcher for the final out.
Bottom 4th: Red Sox 5, Rangers 1 Sox rallied off Darvish. With one out, Ryan Kalish walked and Mike Aviles singled and Ellsbury knocked in a run with a double off the wall. After Crawford’s sacrifice fly got the second run in, Dustin Pedroia doubled to left scoring the fifth Boston run.
Top 4th: Red Sox 2, Rangers 1 Aaron Cook allowed a ground rule double to Nelson Cruz, his second double in an as many at-bats and then picked the rightfielder off second base in a real bonehead play by Cruz. Cooks got out of the inning.
Bottom 3rd: Red Sox 2, Rangers 1 The Sox took the lead off Yu Darvish when the top of the order – Jacoby Ellsbury and Carl Crawford – hit doubles producing the tying run. Crawford came in on Adrian Gonzalez double to right field.
Top 3rd: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0 Cook was aided by another double play, this one by Adrian Beltre after a Josh Hamilton single.
Bottom 2nd: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0 Well, as has been the case a lot lately, the Red Sox had men on base and couldn’t score. Cody Ross singled to right and Jarrod Saltalamacchia walked, but Will Middlebrooks struck out, Ryan Kalish knocked into a fielder’s choice and Mike Aviles grounded out to short. The Sox got nothing.
Top 2nd: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0 Cook’s sinker isn’t sinking much. Nelson Cruz doubled to right and came in on David Murphy’s single to center. Mike Napoli helped Cook’s cause by knocking into a double-play. Cook walked Geovany Soto and then allowed a single to Mitch Moreland before Ian Kinsler grounded out to end the inning.
Bottom 1st: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0 The Red Sox were baffled by Yu Darvish as both Jacoby Ellsbury (a called third strike on 3-2) and Carl Crawford whiffed before Dustin Pedroia slammed a double to left. But Adrian Gonzalez grounded out to second to end the threat.
Top 1st: Red Sox 0, Rangers 0 Aaron Cook has a 9.00 ERA in his last three starts, but he retired the Rangers after allowing a double to right to No. 2 hitter Michael Young. Cook had drawn some interest from the Rangers before the trade deadline but nothing materialized.