SWEPT AWAY BY A "RALLY MONKEY" ...
9th inning rally powers the Sox past Texas

August 14, 2009 ... Trailing, 4-3, with two outs in the ninth inning, and men on second and third, Victor Martinez laced a double to right field with two strikes, scoring both runners for a 5-4 lead. But the Sox weren't done, adding an RBI single by Jason Bay and a crowning two-run homer by J.D. Drew in their 8-4 win in front of 40,311 at the Ballpark at Arlington.

After scoring just six runs while getting swept in three games here July 20-22, the Sox rebounded with six runs in the ninth off closer Frank Francisco.  It was a rare late-inning victory for the Sox, who rank 27th in the majors in batting average in close and late situations (.225). Only the Pirates, Royals, and Reds ranked lower entering last night.

The Rangers had gotten off to a great start. After Omar Vizquel walked on five pitches to open the first, Young took an 0-1 pitch from Jon Lester and blasted a home run to center field, estimated at 400 feet.

Rangers starter Kevin Millwood walked five, but he still was good enough to keep the Sox scoreless for five innings. His last walk, to Mike Lowell with two outs in the sixth, would be his last batter. Lefthander Eddie Guardado came on to face David Ortiz, and Ortiz launched a full-count pitch into the Rangers bullpen in right for a tying two-run homer. But the tie was shortlived for Lester, a double by Marlon Byrd and a single by Andruw Jones putting the Rangers ahead, 3-2.

Ortiz said he wasn't bothered by being dropped to seventh in the lineup, the lowest he has batted this season. Two extra-base hits and two walks later, he was even less bothered, even though he had entered the game with a .114 average in August, with just five hits (and no home runs) in 41 at-bats.

Clay Buchholz ran for Jason Varitek in the ninth, but was thrown out at home on Dustin Pedroia's double to left.

Jon Lester had 11 strikeouts, giving him six double-digit strikeout games this season, the most ever for a Sox lefty.

 

at The Ballpark in Arlington ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

6

 

8

11

0

TEXAS RANGERS

2

0

0

0

0

1

1

0

0

 

4

9

0

W-Takashi Saito (3-3)
L-Frank Francisco (2-2)
Attendance 40,311


2B-Ortiz (Bost), Pedroia (Bost), Martinez (Bost),
Byrd (Tex), Vizquel (Tex)
HR-Ortiz (Bost), Drew (Bost), Young (Tex)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Josh Reddick cf 4 0 0 .188  

 

Chris Woodward ss 1 0 0 .225  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 1 2 .299  

 

Victor Martinez 1b/c 3 1 1 .284  

 

Jason Bay lf 4 1 1 .259  

 

J.D. Drew rf 5 1 2 .254  

 

Mike Lowell 3b 3 1 1 .299  

 

David Ortiz dh 3 2 2 .221  

 

Jason Varitek c 4 0 1 .222  

 

Clay Buccholz pr 0 0 0 .000  

 

Casey Kotchman 1b 0 0 0 .277  

 

Nick Green ss 1 0 0 .233  

 

Jacoby Ellsbury ph/cf 2 1 1 .298  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Jon Lester 6 6 3 3 11  
  Daniel Bard 1 1 1 2 1  
  Takashi Saito 1 1 0 0 1  
  Jon Papelbon 1 1 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2009 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees 73 43 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 66 49 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 61 54 11 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 55 59 17

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 48 67 24 1/2