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The Boston Red Sox were out slugged by the Texas Rangers 10-9 in the last game of this 10-game home stand. The Red Sox battled back throughout the ballgame and tied the game at 9-9 after a three run home run by Will Middlebrooks, his 15th of the year. Former Red Sox Adrian Beltre drove in the game winning run with a sac fly in the top of the ninth to put Texas ahead 10-9.
Red Sox starter Josh Beckett was rocked in 5+ innings, giving up eight runs on eight hits. Beckett was booed off the mound after giving up his third home run of the game, a two run shot by Geovany Soto in the top of the sixth.
Matt Harrison and reliever Roy Oswalt allowed 9 runs on 11 hits in six innings combined. Leading the way for the Red Sox was Adrian Gonzalez and Cody Ross. Gonzalez went 3-5 with three RBI doubles, while Ross went 3-4 with his 17th homer, double, and two RBI’s. Middlebrooks also had two walks to go alone with his game tying three run home run in the seventh inning. Josh Hamilton led the way for the Rangers going 3-5 with a two run triple into the triangle in the first, and a two run home run in the fifth that barely tucked around Pesky Pole. Hamilton now has 30 homers and 95 RBI’s on the season. Elvis Andrus also chipped in three singles for Texas.
Alexi Ogando (2-0) picked up the win for Texas after pitching two shutout innings and did not allow a baserunner. Clayton Mortenson, who was just called up after Vicente Padilla was placed on the 15-day DL, took the loss and allowing two runs in three innings.
The Red Sox finished their 10 game home stand with a disappointing 4-6 record. The Red Sox now start a 10 game road trip that against Cleveland, Baltimore, and the New York Yankees. Felix Doubrant (10-5) will be on the bump for the Red Sox against Indians starter Ubaldo Jimenez (8-11) tomorrow night at 7:05 PM.