Red Sox - 000 110 000 - 2 8 0Penny (5.2-8-4-4-6, 121) laboured through the first four innings, throwing 94 pitches. Texas stranded seven runners and the Red Sox were fortunate to be down only 4-1.
Rangers - 020 200 12x - 7 12 0
Boston's runs came on solo dongs from Jason Bay and Victor Martinez. Jacoby Ellsbury singled, doubled and walked, and stole his 53rd base of the year.
The Rangers were eight-for-eight in stolen bases. Julio Borbon stole four and Elvis Andrus stole three (including second and third on consecutive pitches in the fourth). It was the 23rd time since 1954 that a team stole at least eight bases in a nine-inning game (the list).
The Rays were also eight-for-eight in steals against the Sox this year (May 3). Penny started that game, as well. Baserunners are 27-for-29 (93.1%) with him on the hill, the highest rate of any pitcher in baseball.
And: the Yankees beat the Mariners 5-2, dropping Boston to 7.5 GB.
Brad Penny (5.16, 91 ERA+) / Derek Holland (5.04, 89 ERA+)
Holland is a 22-year-old rookie left-hander who has both started and relieved this season. In his last outing, he threw a complete game three-hit shutout against the Angels, on only 96 pitches.
Alex Gonzalez will be with the team tonight; Chris Woodward was designated for assignment. Terry Francona says he plans to split time between Gonzalez and Nick Green. Jed Lowrie is eligible to come back from the disabled list on August 23.
The Globe's Adam Kilgore looks at some fielding metrics and presents evidence that Gonzalez has become merely average in the field since leaving Boston (age and injuries have taken their toll) and could actually be significantly worse in the field than Green.
Tim Wakefield starts today for Pawtucket and he will rejoin the Red Sox after that rehab outing. Catcher George Kottaras will also begin his rehab and catch Wake. Daisuke Matsuzaka threw all of his pitches in a 65-pitch session on Friday. He will throw again on Monday.
Terry Francona, on last night's win: "When you think you've seen everything ... you probably haven't come close."
10 PM: Yankees/Mariners.