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Final: Red Sox 7, Rangers 6

Posted by Peter Abraham, Globe Staff  April 20, 2010 07:10 PM

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Bottom of the 9th: Darnell McDonald has become the hero of the game, first for tying it with his two-run shot, now with his game-winning single. McDonald launched a shot off the Green Monster with the bases loaded to drive in Kevin Youkilis with the winning run. Red Sox win, 7-6.

Middle of the 9th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 6

Papelbon walked Treanor with two outs but got Blanco to pop out. Now the Sox will try and win it with a walk-off. Youkilis, Hall and Lowell due up.

Top of the 9th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 6

Jonathan Papelbon in for the Sox. Francona is putting the pedal to the metal for this one. No messing around.

Bottom of the 8th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 6

Jason Varitek doubled to start the inning. He is 6 of 14 with two doubles and three homers. Then, just as you might expect, Darnell McDonald pinch hit for Reddick and cranked one into the Monster Seats.

It's 6-6 and the AAA call-ups have four RBI. Shaking up the mix, whether by design or not, sometimes isn't the worst thing.

Middle of the 8th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 4

Manny Delcarmen (who hit 96 with his fastball) and Hideki Okajima took care of the Rangers in the inning, leaving the bases loaded. Terry Francona is managing this game like it's a playoff game.

Top of the 8th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 4

The Sox loaded the bases with two outs as Youkilis and Martinez singled (Bill Hall ran for Martinez) before Mike Lowell pinch hit for David Ortiz and walked.

But with the bases loaded, Beltre grounded to first. Sox now 2 for 7 with RISP and 2 of their last 39.

Bottom of the 7th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 4

That error was changed to a double for Reddick and he gets two RBI. Good for the kid. Meanwhile, the Rangers may have gotten hosed a bit as the ball clearly went into the stands and struck a fan before coming back onto the field. Ron Washington argued the point, saying Hermida should not have scored.

Regardless, Wakefield is done and Manny Delcarmen worked around a two-out walk in the seventh.

Bottom of the 6th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 4

Wakefield has retired five straight and is hanging in there to some degree. Meanwhile, the Sox have knocked Lewis out of the game. Martinez singled to start the bottom of the sixth and went to second when Hermida singled. Reddick followed with a fly ball down the left field line that Hamilton over-ran and let fall behind him.

Two runs scored on the error.

Middle of the 5th: Rangers 6, Red Sox 2

Cruz doubed and scored on a single by Treanor. Wakefield, meanwhile, just passed Cy Young for the second-most innings in team history with 2,728.2 innings. Roger Clemens (2,776) has the most.

Top of the 5th: Rangers 5, Red Sox 2

Jeremy Hermida, who we'll be seeing a lot of, homered to right with two outs.

Middle of the 4th: Rangers 5, Red Sox 1

Three hits, two wild pitches, two stolen bases and two walks led to three runs scoring. Wakefield so far tonight: 5 hits, 6 walks and 7 stolen bases, a Texas record. It would seem fairly evident who Daisuke Matsuzaka will replace in the rotation.

Middle of the 3rd: Rangers 2, Red Sox 1

The inability of the Red Sox not to throw out base-stealers is getting embarrassing. Or maybe they passed embarrassment last week and are on to incredulity.

Andrus walked, stole second and third and scored on a grounder to second. Texas has stolen six bases today and opponents are 28 of 29 this season in only 14 games. Vladimir Guerrero, who hasn't run fast since 2007 or so, has two of the steals tonight.

Top of the 3rd: Rangers 1, Red Sox 1

Wakefield retired the Rangers in order in the second inning. The Sox left two runners stranded in the bottom of the inning when Drew (2 for 24) flew to center. Reddick had reached on a fielder's choice before Scutaro was hit by a pitch.

Bottom of the 1st: Rangers 1, Red Sox 1

In the words of Jack Buck, I don't believe what I just saw. Or as Al Michaels said, Do you believe in miracles? Yes! The Red Sox have had a hit with a runner in scoring position.

Scutaro and Youkilis walked before Martinez grounded an RBI single into center. The game is now being delayed while medical workers revive the thousands of fans who fainted. The players have all gathered around Martinez at first base patting him on the back. It's quite a scene.

Middle of the 1st: Rangers 1, Red Sox 0

Wakefield walked Hamilton with two outs. Singles by Guerrero and Cruz scored a run. Cruz hit a wounded duck that just got over the reach of a scrambling Kevin Youkilis. Cruz then stole second (of course) before Davis flew to left.

Top of the 1st: Rangers 0, Red Sox 0

We are underway at Fenway after what already has been a newsy day at the ballpark. Beautiful night, hope you enjoy the game.

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