ARLINGTON, Texas -- Matt Clement was already behind and kept putting himself in more jams. Somehow, he avoided major trouble.
"It was nice to see Matt work out of those jams, and make some adjustments," said bench coach Brad Mills, who filled in for suspended manager Terry Francona. "He was able to battle through it, work through some situations, find some pitches and make some pitches."
Clement (3-0) gave up three runs and four hits in six shaky innings with four walks, a hit batsman and two wild pitches. He retired the Rangers in order only once, and the first two batters he faced reached base and scored.
But Clement also escaped two bases-loaded jams without giving up runs, and left eight Texas runners stranded before leaving with a 6-3 lead.
"To come out of a game like that is as satisfying as having your best stuff," Clement said. "My approach was to limit the damage as much as I can. ... It was one of those days it could get out of hand early."
With the bases loaded for Texas in the second, Mark Teixeira flew out. A wild pitch on a strikeout, an error and a walk loaded the bases again in the sixth before Michael Young -- the last batter Clement faced -- grounded into a double play.
While the Red Sox had 13 hits, none of the first nine drove in runs. Boston's first three runs came on a fielder's choice, a grounder and then a sacrifice fly by Bill Mueller in the fifth that tied the game.
After Mueller's sac fly, Kevin Youkilis made it 4-3 with an RBI single. Trot Nixon followed an out later with his double into the right-center field gap to cap the four-run inning.
"Everybody contributed, that's the way this team functions," catcher Jason Varitek said. "We keep grinding, keep going until things happen."
Before Saturday night's 9-2 win, the Red Sox had lost six straight games in Arlington. They were 0-4-1 in five series there since also taking two of three games in August 2000.
Francona served the final game of his three-game suspension for the bench-clearing brawls in Tampa Bay last weekend. After watching the first two games on television, he sat in an unused radio booth for the series finale.
"I feel like a fish out of water," Francona said after Sunday's game. "I'm glad it's over, that I can stay and watch the game in the dugout. ... The view (upstairs) is horrible. I couldn't see pitches. It was tough. The game is very slow up there."
Nixon (two games), who went 2-for-5 Sunday, and Bronson Arroyo (six games), the winning pitcher Saturday night, are appealing their suspensions. David Ortiz, who had three hits, is appealing his fine.
Keith Foulke gave up Teixeira's two-run homer in the ninth but earned his fourth save in five chances.
Ryan Drese (2-3), the Rangers' No. 1 starter, struggled again, allowing four runs and eight hits with four walks before leaving with two on and none out in the fifth. He has given up 16 runs over 15 2/3 innings in his last three starts.
"When I got ahead, I made bad pitches. When I fell behind, I made even worse pitches," Drese said.
"His history has been when he struggles, he's been able to get it together and rattle off two or three quality innings," manager Buck Showalter said. "That never happened."
Johnny Damon didn't get a hit with the bases loaded for the first time in five tries this season, but drove in a run with his fielder's choice grounder in the second. An inning later, Kevin Millar had an RBI groundout.
None of the Texas runs came on RBI hits.
The Rangers led 2-0 in the first after David Dellucci drew a leadoff walk and Young singled. Dellucci scored on a groundout before Young came home on an error. Dellucci added a sac fly in the fourth.
Drese came out after Millar led off the fifth with a single and Varitek walked.
Veteran 1B John Olerud signed a minor league contract with the Red Sox. ... Texas put RHP Carlos Almanzar on the 15-day disabled list (right elbow inflammation) and reinstated RHP Joaquin Benoit from the DL. ... Clement and Drese both threw 111 pitches. ... Boston pitchers had allowed only six walks the previous eight games before Clement's four. ... Dellucci drew three walks, taking over the AL lead alone with 22 in his 20 games. ... The Rangers are 6-9 at home. ... The crowd of 49,342 was the second sellout in Texas this season. The other was the home opener.
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Johnny Damon, CF||5||0||1||1||0||1||2||.356|
|Trot Nixon, RF||5||0||2||2||0||2||2||.290|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||3||1||1||0||2||0||1||.276|
|David Ortiz, DH||5||0||3||0||0||0||3||.274|
|Kevin Millar, 1B||5||1||1||1||0||0||3||.250|
|David McCarty, 1B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.500|
|Jason Varitek, C||4||2||1||0||1||1||1||.325|
|Edgar Renteria, SS||5||1||1||0||0||0||2||.227|
|Bill Mueller, 2B||4||0||2||1||0||0||0||.271|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B||3||1||1||1||2||1||1||.500|
|2B - Trot Nixon (3, Regilio), David Ortiz (7, Drese), Jason Varitek (3, Drese)|
|SF - Bill Mueller (1)|
|RBI - Johnny Damon (16), Trot Nixon 2 (13), Kevin Millar (12), Bill Mueller (4), Kevin Youkilis (3)|
|2-OUT RBI - Trot Nixon 2 (5)|
|Team LOB - 12|
|DP - Youkilis-Mueller-Millar|
|E - Bill Mueller (2, misplayed grounder), Edgar Renteria (4, misplayed grounder)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Matt Clement (W,3-0)||6||4||3||3||4||4||0||4.00|
|Alan Embree (H,2)||1.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||3.86|
|Mike Timlin (H,4)||0.2||0||0||0||0||0||0||1.54|
|Keith Foulke (S,4)||1||2||2||2||0||1||1||7.50|
|HBP - Mench (by Matt Clement)|
|WP - Matt Clement 2 (3)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Matt Clement 111-61, Alan Embree 12-7, Mike Timlin 2-2, Keith Foulke 16-11|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Clement 9-7, Mike Timlin 2-0, Keith Foulke 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Matt Clement 29, Alan Embree 4, Mike Timlin 2, Keith Foulke 5|
|David Dellucci, DH||1||2||1||1||3||0||0||.298|
|Michael Young, SS||4||1||1||0||1||0||3||.269|
|Mark Teixeira, 1B||5||1||1||3||0||0||3||.259|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||5||0||0||1||0||2||0||.252|
|Alfonso Soriano, 2B||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.266|
|Laynce Nix, CF||4||0||0||0||0||1||2||.333|
|Kevin Mench, LF||1||1||1||0||0||0||0||.299|
|a- Chad Allen, PH-LF||2||0||0||0||0||1||0||.292|
|Gary Matthews Jr., RF||4||0||0||0||0||1||1||.208|
|Sandy Alomar Jr., C||4||0||1||0||0||0||1||.368|
|a-struck out for Mench in the 6th|
|2B - Alfonso Soriano (9, Clement)|
|HR - Mark Teixeira (7, Foulke)|
|SF - David Dellucci (1)|
|RBI - David Dellucci (12), Mark Teixeira 3 (17), Hank Blalock (14)|
|2-OUT RBI - Mark Teixeira 2 (8)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Ryan Drese (L,2-3)||4||8||4||4||4||2||0||6.56|
|WP - Ryan Drese (1)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Ryan Drese 111-62, Nick Regilio 41-25, Brian Shouse 20-13, Doug Brocail 25-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Ryan Drese 6-4, Nick Regilio 2-6, Brian Shouse 1-0, Doug Brocail 2-1|
|Batters Faced - Ryan Drese 24, Nick Regilio 12, Brian Shouse 4, Doug Brocail 5|
|Attendance - 49342|
|Game Time - 3:16|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - Gerry Davis, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Doug Eddings, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman|