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Beckett denied 12th win as Sosa breaks tie with career HR No. 602

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Josh Beckett didn't make a very good case to be the AL starter in the All-Star Game.

The Red Sox right-hander coughed up a four-run lead, giving up Sammy Sosa's 602nd career homer to break a fifth-inning tie as the Texas Rangers beat Boston 5-4 on Saturday night. The loss prevented Beckett (11-2) from keeping pace with C.C. Sabathia, who won his 12th game for Cleveland.

"When they give me four early runs like that, I've got to go out and shut the door," said Beckett, who gave up five runs and 10 hits in five innings. "I started missing over the plate with some good hitters, and you can't do that."

The All-Star rosters for the July 10 game in San Francisco will be announced on Sunday, and Beckett is expected to be on the AL team. He has one more start before the midsummer break, and it will be his last chance to earn the honor as the league's starter.

"He's one of the best pitchers in the game," said Brad Wilkerson, whose two-run double was part of a four-run fourth that tied it. "We don't want to put ourselves in that situation too many times, but we're showing a lot of confidence that we can come from behind and fight to the end."

One day after striking out with the bases loaded in the Rangers' 2-1 loss, Sosa lined a solo shot off the front row of the Green Monster seats to break a 4-4 tie.

Ron Mahay (1-0) earned the victory with two innings of scoreless relief after starter Robinson Tejeda failed to make it through five innings for the third time in four starts. Mahay struck out two, walked one and allowed one hit.

Joaquin Benoit and Akinori Otsuka each worked a scoreless inning before Eric Gagne pitched a perfect ninth for his ninth save. Frank Catalanotto had three hits for the Rangers, who had lost five straight against the Red Sox.

"Our bullpen has been outstanding and they came in and did a great job," manager Ron Washington said. "The bullpen came in and did exactly what we need them to do, just get the ball to Aki and Gagne and that's what we did."

Boston scored two in the first and another two in the second, when Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run shot over the Green Monster. It was Youkilis' first homer in a month, a span of 91 at-bats.

Alex Cora doubled and tripled for Boston, which wrapped up its first sub-.500 month (13-14) of the season. Jacoby Ellsbury, the 2005 first-round draft choice who was called up from Triple-A to fill in for an ailing Coco Crisp, legged out an infield single in the third for his first major league hit.

The hustle earned a standing ovation for Ellsbury, who according to the Red Sox is the first American Indian of Navajo descent to play in the majors. But it didn't all go smoothly for the 23-year-old rookie.

Ellsbury nubbed one in front of the plate in the second inning and was tagged out by catcher Gerald Laird without leaving the batter's box. And in the fourth, the center fielder went back on Wilkerson's line drive only to have it go over his head and bounce past him back toward the infield.

Notes

  • Rangers RHP Brandon McCarthy (blister) is scheduled to be activated from the 15-day disabled list and start Monday against the Red Sox.
  • Vicente Padilla, who is on the disabled list with a right triceps injury, is expected to resume throwing when the Rangers get home next week.
  • Boston RHP Joel Pineiro was placed on the 15-day DL with a sprained right ankle.
  • Crisp was out of the lineup for the second consecutive game with a sore thumb.
  • Ayla, a monkey trained to assist the disabled in everyday tasks, took part in the first-pitch ceremony.
  • Peter Rometti was helped out by the crowd when he struggled with the lyrics to the national anthem.
  • Beckett is the 365th different pitcher to give up one of Sosa's homers.
 
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Eric Gagne picks up his ninth save of the season, preserving the one-run lead in the ninth.  (AP)
Eric Gagne picks up his ninth save of the season, preserving the one-run lead in the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

S. Sosa
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

K. Youkilis
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1
RBI 2
 
Texas Rangers
Kenny Lofton, CF4021110 .304
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B4000014 .239
    Travis Metcalf, 3B1000010 .206
Michael Young, SS5000020 .291
Sammy Sosa, DH4221010 .255
Frank Catalanotto, LF4130000 .210
Marlon Byrd, RF4121002 .375
Brad Wilkerson, 1B4112002 .219
Gerald Laird, C4000022 .230
Ramon Vazquez, 3B-2B4010011 .240
Totals38511519  
Batting
2B - Kenny Lofton (13, Beckett), Frank Catalanotto (6, Beckett), Brad Wilkerson (8, Beckett)
HR - Sammy Sosa (14, Beckett)
RBI - Kenny Lofton (19), Sammy Sosa (63), Marlon Byrd (22), Brad Wilkerson 2 (29)
2-OUT RBI - Kenny Lofton (8)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Young-Hairston-Wilkerson, Laird-Vazquez
Texas Rangers
Robinson Tejeda 4544641 6.69
Ron Mahay (W,1-0) 2100120 2.33
Joaquin Benoit (H,9) 1100010 3.43
Akinori Otsuka (H,10) 1100000 2.56
Eric Gagne (S,9) 1000010 1.17
IBB - Drew by Robinson Tejeda
HBP - Ramirez (by Robinson Tejeda)
WP - Robinson Tejeda (7)
Pitches-Strikes - Robinson Tejeda 101-49, Ron Mahay 38-23, Joaquin Benoit 18-13, Akinori Otsuka 8-5, Eric Gagne 16-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Robinson Tejeda 4-2, Ron Mahay 2-2, Joaquin Benoit 1-1, Akinori Otsuka 2-0, Eric Gagne 1-1
Batters Faced - Robinson Tejeda 22, Ron Mahay 8, Joaquin Benoit 4, Akinori Otsuka 3, Eric Gagne 3
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4110112 .319
    Julio Lugo, PR-SS0000000 .190
Kevin Youkilis, 1B2212301 .326
David Ortiz, DH4011131 .318
Manny Ramirez, LF4000012 .286
J.D. Drew, RF2010210 .259
Mike Lowell, 3B3011004 .297
Jason Varitek, C4000024 .261
Alex Cora, SS-2B4120001 .283
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4010001 .250
Totals3148478  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (19, Otsuka), J.D. Drew (12, Mahay), Alex Cora (4, Tejeda)
3B - Alex Cora (5, Tejeda)
HR - Kevin Youkilis (9, Tejeda)
SF - Mike Lowell (5)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (43), David Ortiz (49), Mike Lowell (55)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (17)
CS - Julio Lugo (1, 3rd base by Otsuka/Laird), Kevin Youkilis (1, 2nd base by Tejeda/Laird)
Team LOB - 9
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (L,11-2) 51055041 3.38
Javier Lopez 1000110 3.20
Kyle Snyder 2100030 2.48
Mike Timlin 1000010 5.89
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 92-67, Javier Lopez 17-9, Kyle Snyder 26-17, Mike Timlin 9-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 9-2, Javier Lopez 2-0, Kyle Snyder 1-2
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 25, Javier Lopez 4, Kyle Snyder 7, Mike Timlin 3
Game Information
Attendance - 36747
Game Time - 3:16
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Mike Reilly, First Base - Jeff Kellogg, Second Base - Scott Barry, Third Base - Andy Fletcher