Rangers - 200 050 010 - 8 12 0Bengie Molina hit for the cycle!
Red Sox - 020 101 000 - 4 8 2
Both the double and triple glanced off the tips of outfielders' gloves, so he had a little help, but no one fell down or collided or were knocked unconscious. Molina singled in the second, doubled in the fourth (J.D. Drew got turned around awkwardly, reached back, and it hit off his glove), homered to center in the fifth -- a grand slam -- and tripled in the eighth. That last hit caromed off Eric Patterson's glove in deep center, and bounced towards the triangle. At that moment, it became clear that Molina was actually going to do it.
It is the first time in baseball history that a catcher hit for the cycle with a grand slam as the dong.
It was Molina's sixth career triple. The other five:
May 30, 2000: 2-for-4, single, tripleFor the Sox, Kevin Youkilis doubled twice and singled, Adrian Beltre homered and singled, and Drew singled and knocked in two runs.
September 7, 2000: 4-for-4, 2 singles, double, triple
August 17, 2006: 3-for-5, single, triple, home run
May 23, 2007: 2-for-4, single, triple
April 29, 2009: 3-for-5, single, triple, home run
The Yankees beat the Rays 5-4 with a run in the bottom of the ninth. Tampa Bay is 3 GB and Boston is 6.5 GB.
9:21: Play resumes after a 60-minute delay. (And the rain starts up again after a few minutes. Looks like it may come and go all night.)
8:21: Rain delay (at the end of three innings).
Colby Lewis / Felix Doubront
Amalie Benjamin says Fernando Cabrera is in the clubhouse and has probably been swapped for Robert Manuel.Scutaro, SS
Manny Delcarmen started for Portland last night and got three groundouts for a perfect inning of work. Jeremy Hermida had a single and a double as the Sea Dogs' DH.
Clay Buchholz starts for Pawtucket tonight in Syracuse; Josh Beckett pitches tomorrow. Jed Lowrie is now rehabbing with Pawtucket.
Also at 7 PM: Rays/Yankees
1909 - The Washington Senators and Detroit Tigers play the longest scoreless game in AL history (0-0, 18 innings/darkness). Ed Summers of the Tigers pitches a complete game, allowing only seven hits. The MLB record is 19 innings (Reds/Dodgers, September 11, 1946).
1988 - The San Antonio Missions defeat the Jackson Mets 1-0 in 26 innings, the longest game in Texas League (AA) history. The game began on July 14 and was suspended after 25 innings. When play was resumed, the game was over in 13 minutes (total time: 7:23).