August 23, 2011

G128: Red Sox 11, Rangers 5

Red Sox - 222 100 040 - 11 14  0
Rangers - 003 010 001 -  5  8  0
Adrian Gonzalez had hit only one home run in his last 181 plate appearances (since July 7), but the power outage ended in Arlington tonight, as Evil Bert hit two dongs - one to right and one to left - by the end of the fourth inning.

Lackey, staked to a 6-0 lead, faltered in the bottom of the third, allowing three singles to load the bases with no one out, then walking in a run. He straightened himself out, though, and pitched into the seventh (6.2-7-4-3-5, 106). His season ERA is now below six: 5.98.

Every Red Sox player had at least one hit, and eight of the nine scored at least one run. Jarrod Saltalamacchia doubled twice, Ryan Lavarnway doubled and singled, and Jed Lowrie had two singles. Marco Scutarto and Dustin Pedroia each had two-run doubles in the eighth inning

David Ortiz believes he will be back in the lineup tomorrow:
I can't be watching this shit no more. But yeah, I've got to listen to what the doctor says ... This is something, if you don't do things exactly the way they say, it can catch up with you later on, so I don't want to be stupid.
The Yankees scored three runs in the eighth and two more in the ninth, but lost to Oakland 6-5. Boston (78-50) and New York (77-49) are tied for first place in the East.
John Lackey / Colby Lewis

Jacoby Ellsbury returns.

Game thread here.

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