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First impressions count for Sox
Young guns bring the heat
Josh Beckett struggled in the opening frame, but he settled down as the game wore on to earn his first Red Sox victory, thanks to Trot Nixon's first long ball and Jonathan Papelbon's 1-2-3 ninth inning for his first career save.
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Red Sox 2, Rangers 1
Trot Nixon celebrates his two-run homer in the seventh inning with Mike Lowell.  (LM Otero/AP)
Series at a glance:
Loe left with sinking feeling
Kameron Loe's formidable sinker resulted in 15 ground outs for the Rangers, but one bad pitch to Boston's Trot Nixon in the seventh inning proved costly. Mark Teixeira tried to even things up an inning later, but he was thrown out at home plate trying to score from second base.
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TODAY'S WRAPS: April 05, 2006
BOS
Boston
Boston 2, Texas 1   TEX
Texas
April 5, 2006
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0   2 6 0
Texas
1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0   1 9 0
Standings thru 4/5/06  |  Recap: BOS | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Rangers stats
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Crisp, CF4010012.357
Loretta, 2B3020101.385
Ortiz, DH4000014.333
Ramirez, LF2100210.100
Nixon, RF4112002.273
Varitek, C3010102.429
Lowell, 3B3000112.182
Snow, 1B4000002.000
Gonzalez, SS4010000.375
Totals312625415 

BATTING
3B: Crisp (1, Loe).
HR: Nixon (1, 7th inning off Loe, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Crisp 3; Loretta 2; Nixon 4; Varitek; Gonzalez.
RBI: Nixon 2 (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ortiz; Crisp; Varitek.
GIDP: Ortiz 2.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Ramirez (Teixeira at home).

 
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Wilkerson, LF5110032.286
Young, SS4011010.250
Teixeira, 1B4010001.273
Nevin, DH3000102.273
Blalock, 3B3020110.455
Mench, RF4020004.385
1-Brown, PR-RF0000000.000
Jimenez, 2B4010003.250
Barajas, C4010012.333
Nix, CF4000012.000
Totals351912716 


1-Ran for Mench in the 8th.

BATTING
2B: Wilkerson (1, Beckett), Jimenez (1, Beckett).
TB: Wilkerson 2; Young; Teixeira; Blalock 2; Mench 2; Jimenez 2; Barajas.
RBI: Young (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Mench 2; Wilkerson; Jimenez 2.
Team LOB: 9.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Jimenez-Young-Teixeira, Teixeira-Young-Teixeira).

 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Beckett (W, 1-0)7.07111501.29
Timlin (H, 1)1.02001000.00
Papelbon (S, 1)1.00000200.00
 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Loe (L, 0-1)6.26223112.70
Benoit 1.10002203.38
Feldman 1.00000103.38

WP: Beckett 2, Timlin.
Pitches-strikes: Beckett 109-75, Timlin 21-11, Papelbon 11-8, Loe 94-55, Benoit 27-15, Feldman 8-6.
Ground outs-fly outs: Beckett 5-11, Timlin 1-1, Papelbon 0-1, Loe 15-4, Benoit 0-2, Feldman 1-1.
Batters faced: Beckett 29, Timlin 5, Papelbon 3, Loe 27, Benoit 6, Feldman 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Benoit 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Bruce Dreckman. 1B: Ed Hickox. 2B: Gary Darling. 3B: Larry Poncino.
Weather: 82 degrees, clear.
Wind: 20 mph, In from RF.
T: 2:48.
Att: 32,456.

Box score official statistics approved by Major League Baseball Office of the Commissioner
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