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They only played three games in this series, but in case you missed it, the Red Sox put up a total of 37 runs in just those three games. Yes, you read correctly and it all started with a 19-17 win on Tuesday. The Sox scored 10 runs in the first inning with rookie Charlie Zink looking for his first major league win. However, he did not get that win due to rough pitching displays on both sides and the Rangers were able to show some power as well and even lead the game for a bit. Kevin Youkilis stopped that with his second homer of the game in the eighth on inning.
Wednesday and Thursday were slightly more under control and the Sox won those games 8-4 and 10-0 respectively. Jon Lester picked up his 11th win of the year and was dominant until the eighth inning when he just ran out of gas and gave up three runs. Daisuke Matsuzaka continued his rollercoaster ride of handing out walks but no runs on Thursday for his 14th win of the season. The Rangers really did not have a chance against either Lester or Matsuzaka combined with the power from the Red Sox bats.
Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz had to be the stars of this series. Youkilis went 7-13 with two home runs and seven RBI. He matched his total RBI count from last season by grabbing his 83rd RBI and his 22nd home run. Ortiz had two three-run shots in the first game of the series and nearly a third, but a fan interfered with that one. Ortiz finished the series going 5-10 with three home runs and nine RBI. He looked like the Papi of old for the first time since coming back from the disabled list.
Coco Crisp and Jason Varitek seemed be the only two players who really did not do much in this series. Crisp went 3-12 with an RBI on Thursday and Varitek finished the series 0-6.