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Boston Bats Explode in 12-7 Victory

Carl Crawford #13 of the Boston Red Sox (R) is congratulated by teammates Adrian Gonzalez #28 (L), Mike Aviles #3, and David Ortiz #34 after hitting a grand slam in the fourth inning against the Texas Rangers at Fenway Park on September 3, 2011 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Thanks in no small part to an eight-run 4th innings, the Boston Red Sox obliterated Texas pitching en route to a 12-7 win at Fenway Park. In the early going, it looked like another tough night for Erik Bedard. Adrian Gonzalez did make an unassisted line-out double play with runners at the corners in the 1st, but Boston couldn’t take advantage of three walks in the bottom of the inning.

Thanks to some key hitting and base-running, the Rangers scored first in the top of the 2nd with one run, and added two more in the 3rd. Three singles of Boston’s own got one run back in the bottom of the 3rd, but it still looked like a tough road ahead, even after Gonzalez made another unassisted double play on a catch-and-tag pop-out on a failed squeeze.

The bottom of the 4th was when all that changed. Josh Reddick singled and Jarrod Saltalamacchia homered to tie the game just like that. After Dustin Pedroia singled later in the inning, Rangers starter Colby Lewis was relieved of his duties, just 3.1 innings and 89 pitches in.

After a passed ball advanced Pedroia, Gonzalez was intentionally walked. Ditto for a wild pitch with two outs on David Ortiz. Mike Aviles then came up to pinch hit for an injured Jed Lowrie (whose left shoulder tightened up), despite the righty-righty match-up. Aviles broke the tie anyway with an RBI-single to right. Carl Crawford then broke things wide open with a grand slam to right to make it 8-3. Three more singles plated another run for Boston, who sent 13 batters to the plate in the inning and saw Salty steal a base.

Boston added three more when Pedroia hit a bases clearing double in the 6th with the bases loaded (12-3). A double, three singles and a sac fly in the 8th closed the gap to 12-6 against Dan Wheeler, but Franklin Morales finished off the rally after Wheeler got one last strikeout. They even added one more run to lead off the 9th with pinch hitter Esteban German’s first plate appearance of the year in his second appearance.

Two outs later, and Josh Hamilton extended Texas’ hopes with a single, and then was picked off at first base on a 2-2 count to Michael Young to end the game before the back end of the bullpen had to get involved.

Sox’ Stud of the Game: Carl Crawford

Crawford’s grand slam was the coup de grace. Reddick did have a four-hit night himself, but none were as welcomed as Crawford’s.

Sox’ Dud of the Game: Kevin Youkilis

Youkilis, in five at-bats, was the only starter not to get one of Boston’s 16 hits.

Game Notes:

W: Erik Bedard (5-9)
L: Colby Lewis (11-10)

  • Ian Kinsler’s streak of 16 straight games against Boston with a hit ended.
  • Colby Lewis has now allowed 32 home runs, most in the American League and second only to Bronson Arroyo’s 36.
  • Crawford’s grand slam was the fourth in his career.
  • Salty’s stolen base was the first of his career (now 1/5), and his first attempt since 2009.
  • Reddick had his first career four-hit game.
  • Speaking of Reddick, he was hit in the hand by a pitch in the bottom of the 8th. He ran the bases, but came out of the game in between innings. X-rays were negative.
  • Pedroia’s double in the 6th was his 200th career double.
  • Bedard got his first win with Boston and first win overall since June 15.
  • This was Youk’s second game back from the DL.
  • This was also the 701st consecutive sellout at Fenway Park. The first was on May 15, 2003, also against the Rangers.
  • With New York’s victory earlier in the day, Boston (84-54) remains half a game behind the Yankees (84-53).

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