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Youkilis' trio of doubles lifts Red Sox over Rangers

CBSSports.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- With his shaved head and hustling style, Kevin Youkilis will never be mistaken for Manny Ramirez.

But there is one similarity, at least lately -- the power Youkilis has brought to the cleanup spot held by Ramirez until he was traded July 31.

Youkilis doubled in each of his first three at-bats Wednesday night, leading another hitting outburst that gave the Boston Red Sox an 8-4 win over the Texas Rangers.

"You can't worry about where you hit," Youkilis said. "When you go up there, it's not like they put a number on you saying you're hitting fourth today."

He delivered a day after his three-run homer gave the Red Sox a 19-17 victory, a win that came after they blew a 10-run cushion. Youkilis homered twice in that wild win.

Youkilis "has had a phenomenal offensive year," Boston's Jason Varitek said. "We've known about him as a hitter, but now he's added some power."

In seven games batting fourth since Ramirez left, Youkilis is 10-for-25 with two home runs, five doubles and eight RBI. His 22 homers are six more than the career high he set last year, his 83 RBI match his best total and he's only two points behind AL batting leader Johnny Damon.

"He comes to play hard. He come up with big hits," first baseman Sean Casey said. "The energy he brings, you can't measure it."

Youkilis became more valuable after Mike Lowell went on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained left oblique muscle. Lowell had 14 homers and 67 RBI after leading the team with 120 RBI last year.

"You're never going to replace any guy on this team. You just try to manage when they're gone," Youkilis said.

Texas trailed 8-0 in the eighth inning, but Milton Bradley's three-run homer made it 8-4. The Rangers then put their first two batters on base in the ninth before Ian Kinsler -- leading the majors in hits -- grounded into a double play and Texas fell short of another big comeback.

"Last night we were able to make it up, but tonight you can't keep expecting to try to make that up," Texas manager Ron Washington said.

Jon Lester (11-4) held the top-hitting team in baseball to seven hits in 7 1/3 innings. He left shortly after Kinsler's solo homer, and the Red Sox got a mini-scare later in the eighth when Mike Timlin allowed Bradley's 20th home run.

"We made it a little more interesting than we needed to," Boston manager Terry Francona said.

Javier Lopez got the final two outs of the inning and Justin Masterson worked the ninth.

A day after the Red Sox and Rangers matched the highest-scoring game in AL history, Boston broke away early against the team with the worst ERA in the majors.

The Red Sox scored twice in the second inning, four in the third and two more in the fifth off Luis Mendoza (3-6).

"I'm frustrated," Mendoza said. "I don't know what to say. Disappointed."

Youkilis and Jason Bay hit consecutive two-run doubles in the fourth and Jed Lowrie doubled in two more in the fifth.

Lester pitched at least seven innings for his seventh straight outing. He was 7-0 in a span of 10 starts before losing last Friday 4-0 to the White Sox in Chicago.

Lester never had more than one runner on base in any of the first seven innings before running into trouble in the eighth.

"When they did get a hit," Lester said, "I was able to get a ground ball."

Youkilis started the second with his first double, moved up on Bay's single and scored on catcher Jarrod Saltalmacchia's throwing error.

In the fourth, Mendoza intentionally walked David Ortiz, loading the bases, and Youkilis lined his second double. And in the fifth, Youkilis doubled, sending Ortiz to third, and both scored on Lowrie's double.

In Mendoza's only other game against Boston, he gave up seven runs in three innings in an 11-3 loss April 18 at Fenway Park.

Notes

  • Texas CF Josh Hamilton left the game after striking out in the sixth to go home to his wife, who gave birth to their third child Wednesday. He missed the last plane home and planned to leave Thursday morning.
  • Dustin Pedroia is the first player in Red Sox history with five runs and five hits in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He accomplished the feat Tuesday night.
  • The Red Sox recalled first baseman-outfielder Jeff Bailey from Triple-A Pawtucket after the game and returned RHP David Pauley, who had been called up before the game.
 
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Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz combine for four hits, five runs and two RBI in the victory.  (AP)
Kevin Youkilis and David Ortiz combine for four hits, five runs and two RBI in the victory. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

K. Youkilis
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

M. Bradley
AB 3
R 1
H 1
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B5111012 .319
Michael Young, SS5130011 .288
Josh Hamilton, CF3000012 .302
    Jason Ellison, RF1110000 .273
Milton Bradley, DH3113122 .321
Marlon Byrd, RF-CF4010002 .298
Brandon Boggs, LF4010012 .242
Chris Davis, 1B4000002 .276
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C4010011 .232
Travis Metcalf, 3B3010100 .167
Totals36410427  
Batting
2B - Marlon Byrd (19, Timlin), Brandon Boggs (15, Lester), Jarrod Saltalamacchia (10, Masterson), Travis Metcalf (1, Lester)
HR - Ian Kinsler (17, Lester), Milton Bradley (20, Timlin)
RBI - Ian Kinsler (70), Milton Bradley 3 (63)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Josh Hamilton 1
DP - Hamilton-Saltalamacchia
PB - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (5)
E - Jarrod Saltalamacchia (8, Throwing)
Texas Rangers
Luis Mendoza (L,3-6) 4987420 8.13
Dustin Nippert 4300120 7.03
IBB - Ortiz by Luis Mendoza, Casey by Dustin Nippert
Pitches-Strikes - Luis Mendoza 90-47, Dustin Nippert 52-39
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luis Mendoza 2-7, Dustin Nippert 4-5
Batters Faced - Luis Mendoza 24, Dustin Nippert 15
Boston Red Sox
J.D. Drew, RF5000011 .284
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5120000 .320
David Ortiz, DH4210101 .260
Kevin Youkilis, 3B-1B4332001 .320
Jason Bay, LF3122100 .289
Jed Lowrie, SS-3B3022111 .295
Sean Casey, 1B3011102 .353
    Alex Cora, PR-SS0000000 .280
Jason Varitek, C3000117 .214
Coco Crisp, CF4110016 .247
Totals34812754  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (37, Mendoza), Kevin Youkilis 3 (32, Mendoza, Mendoza, Mendoza), Jason Bay (26, Mendoza), Jed Lowrie (12, Mendoza)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis 2 (83), Jason Bay 2 (75), Jed Lowrie 2 (28), Sean Casey (12)
SB - Jason Bay (9, 3rd base off Mendoza/Saltalamacchia)
CS - Jason Varitek (1, 2nd base by Mendoza/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Masterson-Cora-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Jon Lester (W,11-4) 7.1733161 3.25
Mike Timlin 0.1211011 5.45
Javier Lopez 0.1000000 2.68
Justin Masterson 1100100 3.36
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 108-76, Mike Timlin 11-8, Javier Lopez 1-1, Justin Masterson 11-6
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 10-6, Justin Masterson 1-1
Batters Faced - Jon Lester 30, Mike Timlin 3, Javier Lopez 1, Justin Masterson 4
Game Information
Attendance - 37876
Game Time - 2:53
Temperature - 71
Umpires - Home - Laz Diaz, First Base - Scott Barry, Second Base - Kerwin Danley, Third Base - Wally Bell