Red Sox - 000 000 030 - 3 6 1Matasuzaka was sharp though 6.2 innings, allowing only five hits and one run. But with a runner on third base, Pedro Borbon singled on a drag bunt to the right side on the infield to give Texas a 2-0 lead. Elvus Andrus lined a single to center -- and in came Manny Delcarmen.
Rangers - 010 000 42x - 7 11 0
Michael Young crushed MDC's first pitch to deep left for a three-run homer and what had been a pitchers duel was suddenly a hefty 5-0 Texas lead. Boston came back with two outs in the top of the eighth, as Eric Patterson singled, Marco Scutaro doubled (5-1), and Darnell McDonald homered to right (5-3).
The Rangers scored two more, mostly off Michael Bowden, in their half of the eighth, and the Sox went down without much resistance in the ninth.
The Yankees (with 2 hits and 3 errors) lost to the Royals 1-0 and the Rays beat the Orioles 3-2. Tampa Bay is 1 GB New York; Boston stays 6 GB.
The Red Sox are off tomorrow, but the Yankees host the Tigers and the Rangers visit the Rays (Lee/Price).
Daisuke Matsuzaka / C.J. Wilson
Afternoon baseball in Arlington, with a forecast of 104°.Scutaro, SS
That's not quite the outfield we expected to see in mid-August, though it's partially because LHB are hitting only .103/.186/.131 against Wilson this year. Righties are .245/.351/.365.
Starting on Tuesday, 15 of the next 21 games are at home.
Trivia: Which two players have the most 3-HR games since 1919?
Orioles/Rays at 1:30 and Yankees/Royals at 2.
1916 - Babe Ruth outduels Walter Johnson at Fenway Park, as the Red Sox beat the Senators 1-0 in 13 innings.
1991 - Yankees captain Don Mattingly is benched and fined $250 for refusing to cut his hair. He asks to be traded for the second time in two months. "I'm overwhelmed by the pettiness of it." Four of his teammates -- Steve Farr, Matt Nokes, Pascual Perez, and Mel Hall -- have also been warned about the length of their hair.