Rangers - 010 000 001 - 2 8 0 Red Sox - 002 300 13x - 9 14 0Aaron Cook (7-6-1-3-2, 98) rebounded from a handful of poor starts and pitched seven strong innings, and the Red Sox banged out eight doubles in an easy win over Texas.
The top of the lineup did most of the damage against Yu Darvish (6.2-11-6-4-9, 123 (season high)).
Jacoby Ellsbury - 3-for-5, 2 doubles, 3 runs scored, RBI3rd inning: Ellsbury doubled. Crawford doubled (1-1). Pedroia 6-3. Gonzalez doubled (2-1). Cody Ross L7. Jarrod Saltalamacchia K.
Carl Crawford - 2-for-4, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, 3 RBI
Dustin Pedroia - 3-for-4, 3 doubles, 2 runs scored, RBI, BB
Adrian Gonzalez - 3-for-5, double, 3 RBI
4th inning: Will Middlebrooks F9. Ryan Kalish BB. Mike Aviles singled. Ellsbury doubled (3-1). Crawford Sac8 (4-1). Pedroia doubled (5-1). Gonzalez K.
7th inning: Pedroia doubled. Gonzalez singled (6-1). Ross K. Salty K. Middlebrooks BB. Michael Kirkman relieved Darvish. Kalish K.
8th inning: Aviles 3U. Ellsbury singled. Crawford doubled (7-1). Pedroia BB. Pedro Ciriaco pinch-ran for Pedroia. Gonzalez singled (8-1). Tanner Scheppers relieved Kirkman. Ross Sac9 (9-1). Salty L5.
Yu Darvish / Aaron Cook
Ellsbury, CFChristian Corona, MLB.com:
Since the beginning of July, Darvish is 1-3 with a 6.82 ERA in five starts, and his 70 walks are the third most in the AL. Darvish, who has walked 17 batters in his last four outings and tied a season high by issuing six walks in his last start, averages 4.95 walks per nine innings, the sixth-highest mark in club history. ...Stephen Hewitt, WEEI:
Darvish gave up seven runs on four hits in five innings against the Angels on Wednesday, with seven strikeouts. All four batters he walked in a six-run third inning scored, and he admitted after the game that the walks were getting to him, but that he would do his best to clear his mind before his next start.
In five starts since a brilliant complete game two-hitter against the Mariners on June 29, Cook hasn’t won a game and is 0-4 in those starts with a no-decision sandwiched in. Cook, who is 2-5 with a 5.24 ERA this season, has struggled mightily recently. He has permitted at least six earned runs in each of his last two starts and allowed two home runs in each of his last three starts.Remember the Red Sox's medical staff's four-day program under which Carl Crawford would get a mandatory day off after playing in four consecutive games? Tonight, he is playing in his ninth straight game.
In his last start, Cook only lasted 4.2 innings against the Tigers in the first loss of the Red Sox' recent four-game skid. Cook hasn’t gone five or more innings in each of his last two starts and has given up 16 hits in his last 8.2 innings.