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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Big Papi A-Poppin': Red Sox 19, Rangers 17

David Ortiz hit his second three-run homer in the same inning against Texas at Fenway, both times with leadoff man J.D. Drew and Dustin Pedroia aboard. If anyone was wondering about his recent hand injury, that should probably put a stop to such talk right now.

The Sox battered Rangers starter Scott Feldman for ten runs in the first. Judging by his line, he doesn't appear to have much tonight.

Update, top 5th: Feldman was lifted in the third after 2.2. The Rangers chased starter Charlie Zink after 4.1 and eight earned runs; he left two on, and both his inherited baserunners were allowed to score by relievers Javier Lopez (RBI single to Chris Davis) and David Aardsma (three-run homer to Ian Kinsler). 12-10 Red Sox, and this contest is shaping into a real slugfest.

Top 6th: The Sox got two more in the bottom of the fifth on a two-run jack by Kevin Youkilis, but the Rangers are right back in it with men on the corners and nobody out against Aardsma. Marlon Byrd cashed in one, chasing Aardsma, replaced by Manny Del Carmen.

The Rangers managed to plate five that frame, including one on a Kevin Youkilis fielding error. It's gonna be a long one. 15-14 Rangers.

Bob Timmermann points out in today's DT gameday thread (comment 83) that Rangers starter Feldman has accomplished something no other starter in the Retrosheet era has done, namely, surrendered 12 earned runs in 2.2 innings of work or less and received a no-decision.

Bottom 9th: The Sox scored four in the bottom of the eighth against Frank Francisco, three on a Kevin Youkilis homer that more than makes up for his earlier fielding error. A crazy game that ends Red Sox 19, Rangers 17.

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