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Ortiz leads the way
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Red Sox 11, Rangers 3
David Ortiz is greeted at the plate after his grand slam in the third inning.  (Charles Krupa/AP)
All the talk about David Ortiz's demise was all just idle chit-chat, as the Red Sox slugger mashed his eighth career grand slam over the Green Monster. Dustin Pedroia also homered in a five-run fourth to help Daisuke Matsuzaka win his fourth game of the season.
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Series at a glance:
TEX
Texas (7-10)
Lost 1
Boston 11, Texas 3   BOS
Boston (11-7)
Won 2
April 18, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0 0   3 6 1
Boston
0 0 4 5 0 0 0 2 X   11 11 0
Standings thru 4/18/08  |  Recap: TEX | BOS  |  Gameday  |  Rangers stats  |  Red Sox stats
TexasABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Kinsler, 2B5110010.290
Young, SS4010100.235
Hamilton, CF3001011.294
Bradley, RF3110121.352
Blalock, 3B4122002.316
Murphy, LF3000100.290
Catalanotto, DH2010200.244
Laird, C4000015.235
Broussard, 1B2000010.191
  a-Botts, PH-1B2000000.133
Totals32363569 

a-Grounded out for Broussard in the 7th.

BATTING
2B: Young (3, Matsuzaka), Kinsler (6, Matsuzaka), Catalanotto (5, Matsuzaka), Bradley (7, Matsuzaka).
HR: Blalock (3, 6th inning off Matsuzaka, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Kinsler 2; Young 2; Bradley 2; Blalock 5; Catalanotto 2.
RBI: Hamilton (16), Blalock 2 (6).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blalock; Laird 3.
SF: Hamilton.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Kinsler (6, 3rd base off Matsuzaka/Varitek).

FIELDING
E: Botts (1, missed catch).
DP: (Kinsler-Young-Botts).

 
BostonABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ellsbury, CF2311300.229
Pedroia, 2B4212114.324
Ortiz, DH4125002.134
Ramirez, LF4010013.338
  Thurston, LF1000001.000
Youkilis, 3B4010002.364
Drew, RF3100111.340
Varitek, C4111000.276
  Cash, C0000000.200
Casey, 1B4220000.333
Lowrie, SS3121011.429
Totals331111105414 

BATTING
2B: Lowrie (1, Mendoza), Varitek (5, Mendoza), Casey (4, Nippert).
3B: Ellsbury (1, Rupe).
HR: Ortiz (2, 3rd inning off Mendoza, 3 on, 2 out), Pedroia (1, 4th inning off Rupe, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Ellsbury 3; Pedroia 4; Ortiz 5; Ramirez; Youkilis; Varitek 2; Casey 3; Lowrie 3.
RBI: Ortiz 5 (9), Varitek (6), Lowrie (4), Ellsbury (6), Pedroia 2 (8).
2-out RBI: Ortiz 5.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Ramirez.
SF: Lowrie.
GIDP: Drew.
Team LOB: 5.

 
TexasIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Mendoza (L, 0-2)3.05773219.00
Rupe 4.04221015.73
Nippert 1.022112011.37
 
BostonIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Matsuzaka (W, 4-0)5.15332413.14
Lopez 1.20001004.26
Aardsma 1.01002201.64
Timlin 1.000000018.90

Mendoza pitched to 3 batters in the 4th.

HBP: Ortiz (by Rupe).
Pitches-strikes: Mendoza 67-31, Rupe 62-42, Nippert 29-18, Matsuzaka 101-62, Lopez 23-14, Aardsma 30-17, Timlin 11-9.
Ground outs-fly outs: Mendoza 5-2, Rupe 8-4, Nippert 1-0, Matsuzaka 6-6, Lopez 3-2, Aardsma 1-0, Timlin 2-1.
Batters faced: Mendoza 17, Rupe 17, Nippert 6, Matsuzaka 23, Lopez 6, Aardsma 6, Timlin 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Rupe 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Meals. 1B: Bill Miller. 2B: Paul Emmel. 3B: Gary Darling.
Weather: 69 degrees, clear.
Wind: 10 mph, R to L.
T: 3:13.
Att: 37,902.

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