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As the Red Sox landed in Texas late last night, more was on their mind than the half game deficit they have with the New York Yankees. The Rangers put the Red Sox in an 0-3 hole way back in April leaving a bitter taste in the Red Sox dugout. It was no different in August, the Rangers took game one of the four game series 4-0.
Erik Bedard has been nothing but solid for the Red Sox as of late and through the first five innings he was just that, but in the sixth inning Mike Napoli’s three-run homer put the Red Sox in a 4-0 deficit. Bedard finished with four strikeouts, allowing seven hits, four earned runs while only walking one in six frames of work. Bedard made one bad pitch all night and Napoli capitalized on it putting it in the left field bleachers.
With a night the Red Sox were without Jacoby Ellsbury, David Ortiz and Kevin Youkilis, C.J. Wilson took full advantage throwing 6 2/3 innings allowing zero runs, scattering four hits, striking out four and walking only two. The Red Sox lineup is beat up right now with a lot of reserves playing and C.J. Wilson had no sympathy turning in a masterful outing. Wilson improves to 13-5 on the year lowering his E.R.A. to 3.09.