BOSTON (AP) - Kevin Youkilis led another hitting outburst for
the Red Sox with three doubles and Boston held onto its big lead,
beating the Texas Rangers 8-4 Wednesday night.
Youkilis delivered a day after his three-run homer gave the Red
Sox a 19-17 victory, a win that came after they blew a 10-run
Texas trailed 8-0 in the eighth inning this time, but Milton
Bradley's three-run homer made it 8-4. The Rangers then put their
first two batters on base in the ninth before Ian Kinsler - leading
the majors in hits - grounded into a double play.
Jon Lester (11-4) held the top-hitting team in baseball to seven
hits in 7 1-3 innings. He left shortly after Kinsler's solo homer,
and the Red Sox got a mini-scare later in the eighth when Mike
Timlin allowed Bradley's 20th home run.
Javier Lopez got the final two outs of the inning and Justin
Masterson worked the ninth.
A day after the Red Sox and Rangers matched the highest-scoring
game in AL history, Boston broke away early against the team with
the worst ERA in the majors.
The Red Sox scored twice in the second inning, four in the third
and two more in the fifth off Luis Mendoza (3-6).
Youkilis doubled in each of his first three at-bats, giving him
seven straight hits since striking out twice in Boston's 10-run
first inning Tuesday night.
Youkilis and Jason Bay hit consecutive two-run doubles in the
fourth and Jed Lowrie doubled in two more in the fifth.
In seven games batting in Manny Ramirez's former cleanup spot,
Youkilis is 10-for-25 with two home runs, five doubles and eight
RBIs. His second homer of Tuesday night's game gave Boston a 19-16
lead in the eighth.
Lester pitched at least seven innings for his seventh straight
outing. He was 7-0 in a span of 10 starts before losing last Friday
4-0 to the White Sox in Chicago.
Lester never had more than one runner on base in any of the
first seven innings before running into trouble in the eighth.
But the Youkilis-led offense was more than enough to hold off
the Rangers. He started the second with his first double, moved up
on Bay's single and scored on catcher Jarrod Saltalmacchia's
In the fourth, Mendoza intentionally walked David Ortiz, loading
the bases, and Youkilis lined his second double. And in the fifth,
Youkilis doubled, sending Ortiz to third, and both scored on
In Mendoza's only other game against Boston, he gave up seven
runs in three innings in an 11-3 loss April 18 at Fenway Park.
Notes: Texas CF Josh Hamilton left the game after striking out in
the sixth to go home to his wife, who is expecting their third
child. ... Dustin Pedroia is the first player in Red Sox history
with five runs and five hits in the same game, according to the
Elias Sports Bureau. He accomplished the feat Tuesday night. ...
The Red Sox put 3B Mike Lowell on the 15-day disabled list with a
strained right oblique muscle and recalled RHP David Pauley from
Triple-A Pawtucket. They also claimed RHP Marcus McBeth on waivers
from Cincinnati and optioned him to Pawtucket and designated for
assignment RHP Lincoln Holdzkom, who was at Pawtucket. ... Texas
RHP Vicente Padilla (12-6) was scratched from Thursday night's
start with an inflamed joint in his right shoulder. RHP Tommy
Hunter (0-1) will replace him against Daisuke Matsuzaka (13-2).
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