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Red Sox 7, Rangers 2
David Ortiz, who crushed a two-run homer, smiles after a first-inning single. (AP)
Moving to four straight unbeaten starts, Paul Byrd got his fourth win with Boston in style. After working out of a bases-loaded jam unscathed in the third, he got support from a Big Papi homer to help the Red Sox inch closer to the top of the AL East.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (84-58)
Won 1
Boston 7, Texas 2   TEX
Texas (70-74)
Lost 1
September 7, 2008
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 2 0 0 2 2 1 0 0   7 12 1
Texas
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1   2 7 1
Standings thru 9/7/08  |  Recap: BOS | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Rangers stats
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Ellsbury, RF 4 0 1 1 1 0 2 .263
Pedroia, 2B 4 0 1 1 1 0 3 .330
Ortiz, D, DH 5 1 2 2 0 0 4 .270
Youkilis, 3B-1B 5 0 1 0 0 1 1 .314
Bay, LF 5 1 2 1 0 0 1 .288
Casey, 1B 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 .345
  Lowrie, 3B 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 .279
Varitek, C 5 1 1 0 0 3 2 .229
Cora, SS 3 1 1 1 1 0 0 .295
Crisp, CF 3 2 2 1 1 0 2 .284
Totals 39 7 12 7 4 5 16  

BATTING
2B: Youkilis (37, McCarthy), Crisp (15, Benoit).
3B: Cora (1, McCarthy).
HR: Ortiz, D (18, 5th inning off McCarthy, 1 on, 2 out), Bay (27, 7th inning off Wright, J, 0 on, 1 out).
TB: Ellsbury; Ortiz, D 5; Crisp 3; Pedroia; Cora 3; Casey; Youkilis 2; Varitek; Bay 5.
RBI: Cora (9), Crisp (39), Ortiz, D 2 (72), Ellsbury (43), Pedroia (77), Bay (94).
2-out RBI: Cora; Crisp; Ortiz, D 2; Ellsbury; Pedroia.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Pedroia; Bay; Ortiz, D 2.
Team RISP: 4-for-12.
Team LOB: 9.

BASERUNNING
SB: Crisp (19, 2nd base off McCarthy/Teagarden).

FIELDING
E: Byrd (2, pickoff).
PB: Varitek (4).
DP: 2 (Pedroia-Cora-Casey, Byrd-Cora-Casey).

 
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Arias, Joa, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 2 .250
Vazquez, R, SS 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 .299
Young, M, DH 4 0 0 0 0 3 4 .282
Hamilton, CF 3 0 1 0 1 1 1 .303
Byrd, LF 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 .290
Blalock, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .261
Cruz, N, RF 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 .326
Davis, C, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 5 .275
Teagarden, C 4 1 2 2 0 2 1 .333
Totals 32 2 7 2 4 9 18  

BATTING
2B: Vazquez, R (18, Delcarmen).
HR: Teagarden (3, 8th inning off Delcarmen, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Hamilton; Vazquez, R 2; Cruz, N 2; Teagarden 5; Byrd.
RBI: Teagarden 2 (6).
2-out RBI: Teagarden.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Young, M 2; Davis, C; Hamilton; Arias, Joa 2.
GIDP: Blalock, Byrd.
Team RISP: 1-for-8.
Team LOB: 8.

BASERUNNING
SB: Cruz, N (3, 3rd base off Byrd/Varitek).

FIELDING
E: Teagarden (1, fielding).

 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Byrd (W, 11-11) 6.2 3 0 0 3 4 0 4.39
Lopez, Jav 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 2.72
Delcarmen 1.0 2 1 1 0 3 1 3.86
Smith, C 0.1 0 1 1 1 0 0 5.79
Papelbon 0.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.66
 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
McCarthy (L, 1-1) 5.1 7 6 6 3 1 1 4.22
Mendoza 0.2 2 0 0 0 0 0 8.25
Wright, J 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 4.76
Benoit 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 0 5.00
Francisco, F 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3.43

Game Scores: Byrd , McCarthy .
HBP: Arias, Joa (by Byrd).
Pitches-strikes: Byrd 102-64, Lopez, Jav 5-4, Delcarmen 24-16, Smith, C 10-5, Papelbon 15-12, McCarthy 94-55, Mendoza 15-11, Wright, J 14-10, Benoit 22-13, Francisco, F 16-9.
Groundouts-flyouts: Byrd 3-7, Lopez, Jav 0-0, Delcarmen 0-0, Smith, C 0-1, Papelbon 0-0, McCarthy 8-6, Mendoza 2-0, Wright, J 1-0, Benoit 1-2, Francisco, F 0-1.
Batters faced: Byrd 25, Lopez, Jav 1, Delcarmen 5, Smith, C 2, Papelbon 4, McCarthy 26, Mendoza 4, Wright, J 4, Benoit 5, Francisco, F 4.
Inherited runners-scored: Lopez, Jav 2-0, Papelbon 1-1, Mendoza 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Sam Holbrook. 1B: Mark Wegner. 2B: Jeff Kellogg. 3B: Chad Fairchild.
Weather: 93 degrees, sunny.
Wind: 9 mph, L to R.
T: 3:09.
Att: 28,644.
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
September 7, 2008
September 7, 2008

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