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Red Sox score four in eighth to rally past Rangers again

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BOSTON -- Even without their hottest hitter, the Boston Red Sox still found a way to win.

Sean Casey's bases-loaded walk capped a four-run eighth inning and the Red Sox pulled off another late rally Sunday afternoon, beating the Texas Rangers 6-5 after Manny Ramirez was ejected in the second inning.

The Red Sox overcame a 5-0 deficit to win for the eighth time in nine games. Boston has taken the first three in a four-game series that concludes Monday with the annual 11:05 a.m. ET start on Patriots Day.

On Saturday night, Ramirez homered during a three-run comeback in the eighth for a 5-3 victory. He was tossed by plate umpire Paul Emmel in the second inning Sunday for arguing a called third strike.

"That means we've got some other good players with this team," Casey said. "The one thing that really impresses me is how we don't give up on at-bats. We kept grinding on offense."

Ian Kinsler led off the game with a home run for Texas. Milton Bradley had a three-run homer off Tim Wakefield in the sixth, a shot that hit an advertising sign above the Monster seats in left field and made it 5-0.

The Red Sox left the bases loaded in the fifth and sixth, with Joe Thurston -- Ramirez's replacement -- bouncing out to end the fifth.

"It's just how we drew it up," Boston manager Terry Francona joked. "Again, we didn't have the lead for very long, but we seemed to get it at the right time. There's something to be said for just plugging away and not feeling very sorry for yourself."

Boston closed to 5-2 in the seventh against starter Kevin Millwood on RBI singles by David Ortiz and J.D. Drew. Then the Red Sox struck against relievers Wes Littleton and C.J. Wilson (0-1) for the win.

"We had them beat twice and let them get away," Texas manager Ron Washington said. "We've just got to learn how to put ballgames away."

Jed Lowrie hit an RBI double in the eighth and scored from second when Ortiz hustled for an infield hit on a ball to short right. Pinch-hitter Dustin Pedroia's double made it 5-all.

"Manny gave me a big hug when I got in here, but he hugs me everyday so I don't know what that means," Pedroia said with a smile in the clubhouse.

After Kevin Youkilis was intentionally walked, Drew walked and then Wilson was wild high on a 3-2 pitch to Casey, forcing in the go-ahead run.

"You're feeling good about things the whole game and then when that happens late it (stinks)," Millwood said. "There's nothing much you can say about it. But you tip your hats to the Red Sox. They never quit and they made it happen."

Wakefield (2-0) allowed five runs on seven hits, struck out five and didn't walk a batter in eight innings. Jonathan Papelbon worked a perfect ninth for his seventh save.

Ramirez, who hit his 496th career homer Saturday night, was hitting .425 with five homers and 13 RBI in his previous 11 games.

Notes

  • Boston shortstop Julio Lugo shifted to left for the ninth, his first outfield appearance with the Red Sox and first since August 2006 with the Dodgers.
  • Millwood is winless in his past 12 road starts, losing nine.
  • It was Kinsler's first career leadoff homer.
  • Ramirez was ejected for the fourth time in his career.
  • Boston second baseman Pedroia was given the day off until pinch-hitting in the eighth.
  • The wives of Red Sox right-hander Curt Schilling (Shonda) and right-hander Mike Timlin (Dawn), along with outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury's girlfriend (Kelsey Hawkins), will run in the Boston Marathon on Monday.
  • The Red Sox have scored five or more runs in their past eight games.
 
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After reaching on an 'infield' single, David Ortiz slides home with the game-tying run.  (AP)
After reaching on an 'infield' single, David Ortiz slides home with the game-tying run. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

M. Bradley
AB 4
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4111000 .286
Michael Young, SS4120010 .247
Josh Hamilton, CF4110002 .299
Milton Bradley, DH4113011 .339
Hank Blalock, 3B4110000 .333
Frank Catalanotto, LF4010000 .245
David Murphy, RF3000010 .275
Gerald Laird, C3001000 .207
Ben Broussard, 1B3000021 .180
Totals3357505  
Batting
HR - Ian Kinsler (1, Wakefield), Milton Bradley (1, Wakefield)
SH - David Murphy (1)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (8), Milton Bradley 3 (7), Gerald Laird (9)
Team LOB - 2
Fielding
DP - Kinsler-Young-Broussard
E - Josh Hamilton (1, Throwing), Gerald Laird (3, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Kevin Millwood 61022270 2.53
Wes Littleton 1.2322010 2.70
C.J. Wilson (BS,1; L,0-1)0222300 2.25
Jamey Wright 0.1000000 0.82
IBB - Ortiz by Kevin Millwood, Youkilis by C.J. Wilson
HBP - Thurston (by Wes Littleton)
Pitches-Strikes - Kevin Millwood 108-66, Wes Littleton 25-15, C.J. Wilson 29-13
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kevin Millwood 6-5, Wes Littleton 3-0, Jamey Wright 1-0
Batters Faced - Kevin Millwood 30, Wes Littleton 8, C.J. Wilson 5, Jamey Wright 1
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4120103 .256
Jed Lowrie, 2B-SS5221023 .417
David Ortiz, DH4222111 .160
Manny Ramirez, LF1000010 .338
    Joe Thurston, LF2000003 .000
   a- Dustin Pedroia, PH-2B1111000 .333
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4030101 .378
J.D. Drew, RF4011112 .316
Sean Casey, 1B4021102 .349
Kevin Cash, C5010017 .200
Julio Lugo, SS-LF4010021 .273
Totals38615658  
a-doubled for Thurston in the 8th
Batting
2B - Jed Lowrie 2 (3, Millwood, Littleton), Dustin Pedroia (7, Wilson)
RBI - Jed Lowrie (5), David Ortiz 2 (12), Dustin Pedroia (9), J.D. Drew (13), Sean Casey (8)
2-OUT RBI - Jed Lowrie (1), David Ortiz (6), Dustin Pedroia (3), J.D. Drew (6), Sean Casey (3)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury 2 (6, 3rd base off Millwood/Laird, 2nd base off Millwood/Laird), Julio Lugo (2, 3rd base off Millwood/Laird)
Team LOB - 14
Fielding
DP - Wakefield-Lugo-Casey
PB - Kevin Cash (2)
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield (W,2-0) 8755052 3.96
Jonathan Papelbon (S,7) 1000000 2.70
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 86-68, Jonathan Papelbon 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 9-10
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 31, Jonathan Papelbon 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37480
Game Time - 2:40
Temperature - 55
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Gary Darling, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Bill Miller