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Sox riding high
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Red Sox 8, Rangers 0
Jacoby Ellsbury, Jed Lowrie and Mike Lowell celebrate on Friday. (AP)
Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell were clearly happy -- and ready -- to return to the Red Sox in the opener against the Rangers, taking care of their hosts from the mound and with the bat to gain ground in the American League East. Beckett struck out seven, while Lowell drove in four.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (83-57)
Won 4
Boston 8, Texas 1   TEX
Texas (69-73)
Lost 1
September 5, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 1 0 4 0 2 0 0 1   8 12 0
Texas
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   1 6 1
Standings thru 9/5/08  |  Recap: BOS | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Rangers stats
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, RF 5 0 1 1 0 0 4 .264
Pedroia, 2B 4 0 1 0 1 0 3 .332
Ortiz, D, DH 5 0 0 0 0 0 4 .267
Kotsay, 1B 5 1 0 0 0 1 1 .288
Bay, LF 3 2 1 0 2 1 0 .288
Lowell, 3B 5 2 3 4 0 0 1 .275
Lowrie, SS 4 1 1 0 1 2 0 .276
Varitek, C 4 1 2 0 1 1 2 .230
Crisp, CF 5 1 3 3 0 0 2 .277
Totals 40 8 12 8 5 5 17  

BATTING
2B: Pedroia (45, Millwood), Bay (31, Millwood), Lowell (26, White).
3B: Crisp (3, Millwood), Ellsbury (6, Millwood).
HR: Lowell (15, 2nd inning off Millwood, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Ellsbury 3; Lowell 7; Lowrie; Crisp 5; Pedroia 2; Varitek 2; Bay 2.
RBI: Lowell 4 (71), Crisp 3 (38), Ellsbury (42).
2-out RBI: Crisp; Ellsbury.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Kotsay; Pedroia 2; Ortiz, D 2; Crisp 2.
Team RISP: 5-for-14.
Team LOB: 10.

FIELDING
DP: (Lowrie-Pedroia-Kotsay).

 
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Arias, 2B 3 0 1 0 1 2 0 .271
Young, M, SS 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .284
Hamilton, CF 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .301
Bradley, DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .327
  a-Duran, G, PH-DH 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .225
Blalock, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .268
Byrd, LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .289
  Boggs, LF 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .230
Cruz, N, RF 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 .256
Laird, C 4 0 1 0 0 2 2 .284
Davis, C, 3B 2 0 0 0 1 1 1 .276
Totals 32 1 6 1 3 12 10  

a-Walked for Bradley in the 9th.

BATTING
TB: Hamilton; Bradley; Arias; Blalock; Cruz, N; Laird.
RBI: Cruz, N (4).
2-out RBI: Cruz, N.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Blalock; Young, M; Laird.
GIDP: Young, M.
Team RISP: 1-for-5.
Team LOB: 7.

FIELDING
E: Arias (1, fielding).

 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Beckett (W, 12-9) 5.0 4 0 0 0 7 0 4.20
Delcarmen 2.0 0 0 0 0 3 0 3.77
Masterson 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 3.20
Okajima 1.0 2 1 1 1 2 0 2.95
 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Millwood (L, 9-8) 6.0 9 7 6 1 4 1 5.01
Rupe 2.0 1 0 0 3 1 0 4.61
White 0.1 2 1 1 1 0 0 27.00
Mendoza 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 8.35

WP: Mendoza.
Pitches-strikes: Beckett 80-49, Delcarmen 26-16, Masterson 23-11, Okajima 25-15, Millwood 86-61, Rupe 38-16, White 15-8, Mendoza 7-5.
Groundouts-flyouts: Beckett 2-2, Delcarmen 1-2, Masterson 2-0, Okajima 0-0, Millwood 4-7, Rupe 3-1, White 0-1, Mendoza 1-1.
Batters faced: Beckett 18, Delcarmen 6, Masterson 5, Okajima 6, Millwood 29, Rupe 10, White 4, Mendoza 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Mendoza 2-0.
Umpires: HP: Jeff Kellogg. 1B: Chad Fairchild. 2B: Sam Holbrook. 3B: Mark Wegner.
Weather: 87 degrees, clear.
Wind: 9 mph, L to R.
T: 2:58.
Att: 30,264.
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
September 5, 2008
September 5, 2008

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