Mark DeRosa had four hits and two RBI and Jerry Hairston Jr.
drove in two runs in the second game of a split-admission
doubleheader Sunday to help the Rangers salvage a split with the
Boston Red Sox with a 13-6 win.
Hairston started in right field and went 2-for-4 with a pair of
doubles to record his first hit and RBI since being acquired from
the Chicago Cubs for Phil Nevin on May 31. It was Hairston's second
start with the Rangers, who split the four-game series with the Red
Sox to finish their 10-game road trip 6-4.
After David Ortiz hit a game-ending three-run homer off Akinori
Otsuka in the opener to lift the Red Sox to a 5-4 win, the Rangers
jumped out to an early lead in second game and never trailed. They
tied a season high for runs scored and set a season high for hits.
"The first one was a tough one to lose," said Gary Matthews
Jr., who had four hits and two RBI for the Rangers. "But you've
got to put a positive spin on it. To come back and get a win,
especially the way we did it, was definitely a morale booster for
Texas scored one run in the first inning and four in the second
to go up 5-0.
Matthews hit a two-run single in the second to extended Texas'
lead to 3-0, then scored on a Teixeira ground-rule double down the
right-field line to make it 4-0. DeRosa's second base hit drove in
Teixeira two batters later.
"You kind of want to roll off the enthusiasm of the walkoff
there and try to pick up that second win," said Red Sox center
fielder Coco Crisp, who went 1-for-4. "But they came out swinging,
and it's hard to do that when they're putting the bat on the ball
Teixeira went 3-for-6 with two RBI as each Texas starter
recorded at least one hit.
Boston starting pitcher David Pauley (0-2) settled down after
the second inning and allowed just one more run. In five-plus
innings, he gave up six runs and 12 hits, five strikeouts and one
walk, but was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after the game.
"It seemed like every fastball he threw they were right on,"
Boston manager Terry Francona said. "Thankfully he kind of found
himself and starting getting his breaking ball over. He got us so
far to where at least we didn't have to pitch a position player or
get somebody hurt."
John Wasdin (1-0) allowed three runs and six hits, three walks
and three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings for Texas to earn his first
win since Sept. 27, 2005.
Wasdin, who played for the Red Sox from 1997-2000, breezed
through five shutout innings before Boston scored three off him in
the sixth inning to chase him from the game. The Red Sox also
scored a run off reliever Ron Mahay that inning.
But Hairston Jr.'s two-run double highlighted a three-run
seventh for Texas to blow the game open. The Rangers tacked on
three more in the eighth.
After hitting .207 with the Cubs before the trade and going
hitless in his first nine at-bats with the Rangers, Hairston had
another double in the ninth inning.
"Obviously you want to make a good impression," Hairston said.
"I think I was probably trying too hard, so I just took a deep
breath. I just tried to relax, and fortunately I was able to get a
Ortiz went 2-for-3 with an RBI and Mike Lowell went 2-for-5 with
an RBI for Boston in the second game.
The opener was the makeup of Saturday night's game, which was
postponed when the early game that day started 4 hours, 47 minutes
late due to rain. Texas won 7-4 in Saturday's game, which itself
was a makeup for a May 13 rainout.
Sunday was cool but only partly cloudy and the Boston area was
relieved from the rain that had drenched the city for much of the
past six weeks. The Red Sox have had four games postponed because
of rain, already matching last year's total; three of them have
been against Texas.
Texas led 4-2 in the first game with closer Akinori Otsuka
looking for his 12th save in 13 chances this season. But Trot Nixon
and Coco Crisp singled with one out, then Mark Loretta was out on a
fly ball to center.
Ortiz fell behind 0-2 before working the count to 2-2, fouling
another one off and then hitting a line drive over the Red Sox
bullpen to end the game for his sixth career regular-season walkoff
Manny Delcarmen threw two scoreless innings in relief to earn
his first career win for Boston.
The Rangers scored in the first inning for the third
consecutive night after going a major league-leading 14 games
without a first-inning run. ... Young went a 33rd consecutive game
without an error, a Rangers record for shortstops. ... Boston RHP
Mike Timlin pitched a simulated game Sunday at Triple-A Pawtucket.
Timlin, who is 3-0 with a 1.40 ERA in 21 relief appearances over 19
1/3 innings this season, expects to be activated Tuesday when
Boston opens a three-game series at Minnesota. ... The Red Sox set
a franchise record by surpassing the one million mark in home
attendance in their 28 game.