Final: Rangers 10, Red Sox 9: Josh Beckett got off the hook after allowing a season-high eight runs through five innings, and the Sox climbed back into things with a four-run seventh, but Alfredo Aceves inherited the go-ahead run in the ninth and allowed it to score on a sacrifice fly.
Adrian Gonzalez finished with three doubles and three runs scored, and Cody Ross and Will Middlebrooks each homered as the Rangers took the series.
The Red Sox drop to two games below .500 heading into a road trip, beginning tomorrow in Cleveland.
Thanks for reading. Postgame notes to follow.
Bottom 9th: Rangers 10, Red Sox 9: Ross ripped a double to left-field that took a weird hop off the wall after Gonzalez led off the inning with a foul popup to first. Kalish ran for Ross at second. With an 0-2 count and the tying run on second, Lavarnway struck out swinging on an outside slider.
Top 9th: Rangers 10, Red Sox 9: Mortensen put runners on first and third after Andrus walked and Hamilton singled, leaving a mess for Alfredo Aceves, who gave up the go-ahead sacrifice fly to Beltre. Cruz cranked a foul ball over the Monster that was upheld via review, and then walked on a full count. Young flied out to deep center, and Aceves got Murphy swinging on a curveball.
Sox are down one heading into their final at bats against closer Joe Nathan.
Bottom 8th: Rangers 9, Red Sox 9: Nothing going for the Sox, as Ellsbury flies out to center, Crawford grounds out to first, and Pedroia grounds out to short.
Top 8th: Rangers 9, Red Sox 9: Mortensen holds the lead, getting Soto swinging at a fastball and Kinsler to ground into a double play after Moreland walked.
Time to sing.
Bottom 7th: Rangers 9, Red Sox 9: Will Middlebrooks does it again. He blasted an 0-2 offering from Oswalt into the Sports Authority sign above the Monster, tying the game up after Gonzalez doubled home Pedroia, who singled, and Ross walked.
Alexi Ogando entered and dialed up a triple-digit fastball to strike out Lavarnway, got Shoppach looked at a 87-mph slider on the outside corner, and Ciriaco grounded out to short.
Top 7th: Rangers 9, Red Sox 5: Ellsbury made a great catch against the wall to rob Hamilton of a sure double, and Middlebrooks flashed some leather to his left on a Beltre grounder, but Cruz pushed the Rangers lead to four with a solo homer.
Young laced a single up the middle, and Murphy popped out into shallow left. Ciriaco and Crawford crashed into each other, but the shortstop made the catch to end the inning.
Bottom 6th: Rangers 8, Red Sox 5: A 1-2-3 inning for Oswalt, who got Ciriaco looking at a curve, Ellsbury swinging at a fastball, and Crawford to ground out to second.
Top 6th: Rangers 8, Red Sox 5: Well, that was short lived. Beckett gave up a lead-off single to Murphy and Soto parked his first homer with Texas, chasing Beckett to more boos from the crowd after he allowed a season-high eight runs.
Mortensen came in from the pen, fresh from a Pawtucket recall, and got Moreland (flyout to left), Kinsler (grounder to short), and Andrus (grounder to short) in order.
Becket’ss line: 5 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 2 BB, 2 K, 1 HBP, 3 HR, 86 pitches, 58 strikes.
Bottom 5th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 5: Crawford chugged his way to a stand-up triple to lead things off, and after Pedroia grounded out to third, Gonzalez drove him home with a deep double off the Monster, giving the Sox a response yet again. Harrison then walked the bases loaded, and got yanked for Roy Oswalt out of the bullpen.
Gonzalez then scored on a passed ball, but Shoppach struck out with runners on second and third to end the inning, but the Sox are within one.
Harrison’s line: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 3 K, 1 HR, 97 pitches, 61 strikes.
Top 5th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 3: So much for that bottom-of-the-order success after Moreland hammered one into the camera area in centerfield, the first homer Beckett’s allowed since May 10, a 12-start span. Middlebrooks made a great barehanded pickup on Kinsler’s bunt attempt, but Andrus singled and Hamilton cranked his 30th homer of the year past Pesky’s Pole.
Beckett walked Cruz after Beltre popped out foul, drawing a few scattered boos, and Young grounded out to second to end the inning.
All three hits that inning were on Beckett cutters, by the way.
Bottom 4th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 3: Lavarnway led off with a groundout to short, but Shoppach followed it up with a double to center on a ball that Hamilton misplayed and had it bounce off his glove. Ciriaco hammered a ball, but flied out to left, and Ellsbury sharply grounded out to second.
Top 4th: Rangers 3, Red Sox 3: Another perfect inning for Beckett against the bottom of the Texas order. Young flies out to right, Murphy grounds to Gonzalez, and Soto flies to center.
Bottom 3rd: Rangers 3, Red Sox 3: Cody Ross ties things up with a homer just inside the left-field foul pole, cranking a curveball atop the Monster after Pedroia flied out to right and Gonzalez grounded out to third.
Middlebrooks struck out looking on a fastball to end the inning.
Top 3rd: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2: Kinsler reached on a hit-by pitch that replays showed didn’t actually hit him. Beckett exchanged some words with home-plate umpire Paul Nauert, the same Paul Nauert who ran Pedroia last night. After a perfectly executed hit-and-run by Andrus, Ellsbury made a strong throw on a Hamilton flyout that held Kinsler at third, but Andrus was able to tag up and move to second.
Middlebrooks snared a Beltre liner, and Beckett induced a Cruz grounder to get out of the jam.
Bottom 2nd: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2: After Shoppach struck out looking, Ciriaco ripped a double down the left-field line and moved up to third on an Ellsbury grounder, but Crawford stranded him with a groundout to second.
Top 2nd: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2: Beckett gets through a perfect third, and has retired six straight after those three early runs. Murphy grounds out to first unassisted, Middlebrooks ranged hard to his left to snare a Soto grounder, and Moreland flied out to Ross in right.
Bottom 1st: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2: Here come the Sox in response. Gonzalez got Boston back on the board with a line-drive double into the right-field corner, scoring Pedroia, who singled. Ross drove Gonzalez home with a single up the middle. It could have been more, had Murphy not robbed Crawford of sure extra bases at the wall after Ellsbury struck out on a foul-tipped fastball to lead off the inning.
Middlebrooks walked to put runners on first and second, but Lavarnway grounded out to short. Still, the Sox nearly erased that early deficit.
Harrison threw 35 pitches that inning.
Top 1st: Rangers 3, Red Sox 0: The enigmatic Josh Beckett strikes again in another dismal first inning. Kinsler fouled off a few pitches and drew a full-count walk, stole second, and moved up on an Andrus bunt single. Hamilton then blasted a 2-RBI triple to the wall in right-center, and scored on a Beltre sacrifice fly. Beckett settled down, getting Cruz swinging and Young looking, both on biting curveballs. Beckett’s first-inning ERA, for reference, is now 10.42.
Pregame: The Sox wrap up a 10-game homestand Wednesday with a rubber match against the Rangers, sending Josh Beckett (5-9, 4.54 ERA) to the mound after the righty was pushed back from his last scheduled start with back spasms. Texas counters with lefty Matt Harrison (13-6, 3.17 ERA) who is looking for his 10th road victory this season, which would be a franchise record. In his past 13 starts, Harrison is 9-3 with a 2.11 ERA.
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