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Red Sox 8, Rangers 1
Jon Lester is congratulated by David Ortiz, who hit his second homer of the year. (Mary Schwalm/AP)
Jon Lester came tantalizingly close to adding another historic chapter to his career, carrying a perfect game into the seventh inning. A perfect game may not have been in the cards, but a resounding victory was, as the left-hander allowed just two hits and recorded 11 strikeouts.
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Series at a glance:
TEX
Texas (32-23)
Lost 1
Boston 8, Texas 1   BOS
Boston (33-23)
Won 1
June 6, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Texas
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1   1 2 1
Boston
0 1 0 0 3 4 0 0 X   8 9 0
Standings thru 6/6/09  |  Recap: TEX | BOS  |  Gameday  |  Rangers stats  |  Red Sox stats
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Kinsler, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .276
Young, M, 3B 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 .335
Jones, An, DH 2 0 0 1 1 2 0 .272
Cruz, N, RF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .283
Byrd, CF 3 0 0 0 0 2 2 .295
Boggs, LF 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
Davis, C, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .207
Saltalamacchia, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .243
Andrus, SS 2 1 0 0 1 0 0 .275
Totals 28 1 2 1 2 11 6  

BATTING
2B: Young, M (21, Lester).
TB: Young, M 3.
RBI: Jones, An (15).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Byrd.
SF: Jones, An.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.

FIELDING
E: Boggs (1, throw).

 
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Pedroia, 2B 5 2 2 2 0 1 0 .322
Ellsbury, CF 4 1 0 0 1 0 2 .306
Youkilis, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 2 2 .349
Bay, LF 4 0 1 2 0 1 1 .280
Lowell, 3B 3 1 1 1 1 0 1 .301
Ortiz, DH 3 1 2 1 1 1 1 .196
Varitek, C 3 1 1 0 1 0 2 .250
Baldelli, RF 3 1 1 0 1 0 3 .264
Green, SS 4 1 0 0 0 2 5 .278
Totals 33 8 9 7 5 7 17  

BATTING
HR: Lowell (9, 2nd inning off Holland, D, 0 on, 1 out), Ortiz (2, 6th inning off Benson, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Pedroia 2; Youkilis; Bay; Lowell 4; Ortiz 5; Varitek; Baldelli.
RBI: Lowell (37), Pedroia 2 (23), Bay 2 (55), Ortiz (22), Youkilis (35).
2-out RBI: Bay 2; Youkilis.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Green.
Team RISP: 4-for-9.
Team LOB: 6.

BASERUNNING
SB: Ellsbury (23, 2nd base off Holland, D/Saltalamacchia), Pedroia (10, 3rd base off Holland, D/Saltalamacchia).

 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Holland, D (L, 1-3) 4.2 6 4 4 2 5 1 6.54
Benson 2.1 3 4 3 3 1 1 8.46
Mathis 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0.00
 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lester (W, 5-5) 9.0 2 1 1 2 11 0 5.09

Balk: Holland, D.
Pitches-strikes: Holland, D 91-57, Benson 42-24, Mathis 9-7, Lester 107-72.
Groundouts-flyouts: Holland, D 5-3, Benson 0-6, Mathis 1-1, Lester 5-8.
Batters faced: Holland, D 22, Benson 13, Mathis 3, Lester 31.
Inherited runners-scored: Benson 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Ron Kulpa. 1B: Tim Timmons. 2B: Rob Drake. 3B: Jeff Kellogg.
Weather: 65 degrees, clear.
Wind: 12 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:25.
Att: 37,828.
June 6, 2009

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