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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Rangers 3, Red Sox 2

By Todd Wills



BOSTON -- Elvis Andrus had a clutch two-run double in the seventh inning and the Texas Rangers' bullpen held on tight for a 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Elvis comes through: Mired in a big slump, Andrus provided the big blow for the Rangers in the top of the seventh. With runners at first and second and one out, Andrus ripped a line drive off the Green Monster in left-center field to score both runners for a 3-1 lead. Andrus was one for 18 and eight for his past 52 before a two-out single in the fifth and his game-winning double in the seventh.

Moreland hurt: First baseman Mitch Moreland set up the top-of-the-seventh rally with a double down the right-field line but pulled up lame going into second base with a right hamstring strain. He left the game and is listed as day-to-day. Jeff Baker replaced him.

Scheppers survives: Setup man Tanner Scheppers had not allowed a run since May 16, but he ran into two-out trouble in the bottom of the eighth. Holding a 3-1 lead, he allowed a walk to Mike Napoli. Then, Jarrod Saltalamacchia hit a double down the right-field line on which Napoli scored all the way from first base to make it 3-2. Scheppers was able to get Stephen Drew to ground out to second as he kept the lead.

Nathan dominates: Closer Joe Nathan continued his hot stretch, getting three ground-ball outs in the bottom of the ninth inning for his 18th save.

Ross escapes jam: Robbie Ross, who took the loss in his previous outing on Saturday, came into Wednesday's game with a runner on first base and promptly gave up a soft single to right field by rookie Jose Iglesias. Ross came back with a fury. He retired the next three batters, striking out Jackie Bradley Jr., getting Daniel Nava to ground out and then pinch hitter Jonny Gomes to fly out softly to center field.

Cotts struggles: Neal Cotts might have dropped a notch on manager Ron Washington's trust-o-meter. Cotts faced four batters and walked three. He did strike out Saltalamacchia looking to end the sixth inning with two runners on to keep the game tied at one.

Ogando comes back strong: Alexi Ogando pitched well after being on the disabled list for three weeks with right biceps tendinitis. He allowed a run in 5⅔ innings and had six strikeouts. He threw 92 pitches, which is right around the number the Rangers had in mind for his first start back. The only depressing moment came when Ogando gave up a game-tying home run with two outs in the bottom of the sixth to Dustin Pedroia. It came on a 3-1 cutter from Ogando.

Beltre back strong, too: Adrian Beltre, out for two games with a strained left hamstring, gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead in the top of the fourth with a long home run to straight away center field. It was his 12th of the season and came on a 1-2 cutter from Boston starter John Lackey.

Up next: A nice battle of left-handers is on tap as the Rangers' Derek Holland (5-2, 2.81 ERA) faces Boston's Jon Lester (6-2, 3.53 ERA) at 6:10 p.m. Thursday night on Fox Sports Southwest and ESPN Dallas 103.3 FM and 1540-AM.