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Wild ninth wins it
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Red Sox 8, Rangers 4
Jon Lester struck out the side three times in six innings. (Tim Sharp/AP)
The Red Sox -- and their AL Wild Card lead -- were down to their final strike on Friday after pinch-runner and birthday boy Clay Buchholz was thrown out at home on Dustin Pedroia's double. But Victor Martinez's two-run double was part of a six-run ninth, extending Boston's lead to 1 1/2 games over Texas.
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Series at a glance:
BOS
Boston (66-49)
Won 1
Boston 8, Texas 4   TEX
Texas (64-50)
Lost 1
August 14, 2009
   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   R   H   E 
Boston
0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 6   8 11 0
Texas
2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0   4 9 0
Standings thru 8/14/09  |  Recap: BOS | TEX  |  Gameday  |  Red Sox stats  |  Rangers stats
Boston AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Reddick, CF 4 0 0 0 0 1 1 .188
  Woodward, SS 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 .225
Pedroia, 2B 5 1 2 0 0 0 1 .299
Martinez, V, 1B-C 3 1 1 2 2 0 2 .284
Bay, LF 4 1 1 1 0 1 1 .259
Drew, J, RF 5 1 2 2 0 1 3 .254
Lowell, 3B 3 1 1 0 2 1 2 .299
Ortiz, D, DH 3 2 2 2 2 0 1 .221
Varitek, C 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 .222
  1-Buchholz, PR 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
  Kotchman, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .277
Green, N, SS 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 .233
  a-Ellsbury, PH-CF 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .298
Totals 35 8 11 8 7 7 19  

a-Grounded out for Green, N in the 7th.
1-Ran for Varitek in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Ortiz, D (24, Francisco, F), Pedroia (34, Francisco, F), Martinez, V (24, Francisco, F).
HR: Ortiz, D (16, 6th inning off Guardado, 1 on, 2 out), Drew, J (13, 9th inning off Francisco, F, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Ellsbury; Ortiz, D 6; Lowell; Varitek; Martinez, V 2; Bay; Drew, J 5; Pedroia 3.
RBI: Ortiz, D 2 (64), Ellsbury (37), Martinez, V 2 (77), Bay (82), Drew, J 2 (45).
2-out RBI: Ortiz, D 2; Martinez, V 2; Bay; Drew, J 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Drew, J; Varitek.
GIDP: Martinez, V.
Team RISP: 6-for-11.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
DP: 2 (Lowell-Pedroia-Martinez, V, Pedroia-Green, N-Martinez, V).

 
Texas AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Vizquel, 2B 4 1 3 0 1 0 0 .301
Young, M, 3B 4 1 1 3 0 1 2 .317
Byrd, CF 4 1 1 0 1 2 1 .282
Jones, An, DH 3 0 1 1 1 2 2 .224
Hamilton, RF 3 0 2 0 1 1 1 .265
Blalock, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 4 5 .247
Murphy, Dv, LF 4 0 1 0 0 2 4 .272
Saltalamacchia, C 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .236
  a-Teagarden, PH-C 2 1 0 0 1 1 3 .193
Andrus, SS 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .260
Totals 32 4 9 4 5 15 19  

a-Struck out for Saltalamacchia in the 4th.

BATTING
2B: Byrd (35, Lester), Vizquel (6, Papelbon).
HR: Young, M (20, 1st inning off Lester, 1 on, 0 out).
TB: Hamilton 2; Jones, An; Young, M 4; Vizquel 4; Murphy, Dv; Byrd 2.
RBI: Young, M 3 (55), Jones, An (39).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Teagarden; Jones, An; Byrd.
SAC: Andrus.
SF: Young, M.
GIDP: Saltalamacchia, Young, M.
Team RISP: 2-for-8.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Murphy, Dv (Buchholz at home).
DP: 2 (Blalock-Andrus, Vizquel-Andrus-Blalock).

 
Boston IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Lester 6.0 6 3 3 3 11 1 3.71
Bard 1.0 1 1 1 2 1 0 3.06
Saito (W, 3-3) 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3.00
Papelbon 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 2.13
 
Texas IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Millwood 5.2 3 1 1 5 4 0 3.31
Guardado (BS, 2) 0.1 1 1 1 0 0 1 4.32
O'Day (H, 15) 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.70
Wilson, C (H, 9) 1.0 0 0 0 1 2 0 3.14
Francisco, F (BS, 3)(L, 2-2) 0.2 7 6 6 0 1 1 3.66
Jennings 0.1 0 0 0 1 0 0 3.63

IBB: Byrd (by Bard).
HBP: Bay (by Millwood).
Pitches-strikes: Lester 117-72, Bard 24-11, Saito 15-10, Papelbon 21-13, Millwood 110-63, Guardado 8-5, O'Day 15-8, Wilson, C 27-15, Francisco, F 34-22, Jennings 6-2.
Groundouts-flyouts: Lester 2-3, Bard 1-1, Saito 1-0, Papelbon 1-0, Millwood 1-7, Guardado 1-0, O'Day 1-2, Wilson, C 1-0, Francisco, F 0-0, Jennings 0-0.
Batters faced: Lester 25, Bard 6, Saito 4, Papelbon 4, Millwood 24, Guardado 2, O'Day 3, Wilson, C 4, Francisco, F 8, Jennings 2.
Inherited runners-scored: Guardado 1-1.
Umpires: HP: Marvin Hudson. 1B: Angel Hernandez. 2B: Lance Barksdale. 3B: James Hoye.
Weather: 92 degrees, clear.
Wind: 8 mph, In from RF.
T: 3:41.
Att: 40,311.
Venue: Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.
August 14, 2009
August 14, 2009

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