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David Ortiz hit a three-run homer to highlight a nine-run second, and the Red Sox used their second big inning in three games against the Rangers to help Daisuke Matsuzaka win 10-0 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep.
"I don't know," Boston's Dustin Pedroia said of what led to the three-game outburst. "We'll find out the next couple of games."
The Red Sox go from facing the team with the worst ERA to playing the team with the best, Toronto, which had a league-high 3.64 ERA entering Thursday.
Matsuzaka allowed six hits in seven innings for the Red Sox, who scored 37 runs in the series and won their fourth straight to remain three games behind AL East-leading Tampa Bay. The Rays beat Oakland 7-6 in 12 innings.
Boston scored its most runs in a three-game set since getting 45 against the Florida Marlins from June 27-29, 2003.
Boston topped its nine-run inning with a 10-run frame in the first inning Tuesday -- a 19-17 victory. Ortiz had a pair of three-run homers in that inning and has driven in 20 runs against the Rangers in seven games this season.
Unlike Tuesday when the Red Sox fell behind 16-14 after leading by 10 twice, they relied on Matsuzaka's strong outing to keep the Rangers from mounting a comeback.
"When he settles in, when there are runners on base he executes pitches," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "He gets comfortable, gets in his delivery and gets in the flow of the game and really pitches well."
Matsuzaka wasn't impressed by his outing.
"We got all those runs near the beginning of the game, so I should have been able to go out there and get outs at a better pace, but I wasn't able to," Matsuzaka said through a translator. "I felt like I was struggling to get into a good groove all game."
Not as bad as Texas' pitchers.
The high scoring is nothing new for the Rangers' staff, which entered the game with a major league-worst 5.41 ERA. It was their seventh loss in eight games, and they've allowed 62 runs in the last six.
"Pitching, pitching, pitching," Rangers manager Ron Washington said was the word that described a 1-5 road trip. "Of course you're embarrassed. We're all embarrassed because we feel we're better than that."
Texas starter Tommy Hunter (0-2), making his third career start, was charged with all nine runs in 1 2/3 innings Thursday.
"You think that," Hunter said, when asked if he felt he needed to be almost perfect after watching Boston's hitters the previous two nights. "Our bullpen definitely didn't need to be in there for nine innings. I wish I would have done better."
Matsuzaka loaded the bases on two walks and a single in the second, but fanned Ramon Vazquez to end the threat.
Alex Cora was hit by a pitch and J.D. Drew's fielder's choice grounder made it 3-0. Pedroia followed with an RBI double before Ortiz homered into the first row of the right-field seats, making it 7-0. Jason Bay's RBI single and Lowrie's run-scoring double completed the outburst.
|Dustin Pedroia and David Ortiz celebrate after Ortiz's three-run HR during the big inning. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||3||0||1||0||1||0||3||.319|
|Frank Catalanotto, LF||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.281|
|Michael Young, SS||3||0||2||0||0||1||0||.291|
|Travis Metcalf, 3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.161|
|Milton Bradley, DH||4||0||1||0||0||2||2||.320|
|Marlon Byrd, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||2||.293|
|Brandon Boggs, RF||2||0||0||0||2||0||0||.240|
|Chris Davis, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||2||3||.275|
|Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C||2||0||1||0||1||1||2||.235|
|Ramon Vazquez, 3B-SS||2||0||0||0||1||1||4||.315|
|CS - Ian Kinsler (2, 2nd base by Matsuzaka/Varitek), Chris Davis (2, 2nd base by Matsuzaka/Varitek)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Vazquez-Kinsler-Davis|
|Tommy Hunter (L,0-2)||1.2||7||9||9||1||1||1||16.36|
|HBP - Cora (by Tommy Hunter)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 50-28, Warner Madrigal 52-31, Joaquin Benoit 32-19, Frank Francisco 16-12, Eddie Guardado 14-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 2-2, Warner Madrigal 2-3, Frank Francisco 1-1, Eddie Guardado 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 14, Warner Madrigal 11, Joaquin Benoit 8, Frank Francisco 4, Eddie Guardado 4|
|Boston Red Sox|
|J.D. Drew, RF||4||1||0||1||0||0||1||.281|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, RF||1||0||0||0||0||1||1||.271|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||5||2||3||1||0||0||1||.323|
|David Ortiz, DH||2||1||1||3||2||1||0||.262|
|a- Sean Casey, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.351|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||4||2||2||0||0||1||3||.322|
|b- Jeff Bailey, PH-1B||1||0||1||1||0||0||0||.167|
|Jason Bay, LF||5||1||1||1||0||1||5||.288|
|Jed Lowrie, 3B||4||1||3||1||0||1||2||.310|
|Jason Varitek, C||3||1||0||0||1||2||3||.212|
|Kevin Cash, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.222|
|Coco Crisp, CF||4||1||1||1||0||0||0||.247|
|Alex Cora, SS||2||0||1||1||1||0||0||.286|
|a-grounded out for Ortiz in the 8th|
|b-singled for Youkilis in the 8th|
|2B - Dustin Pedroia 2 (39, Hunter, Guardado), Kevin Youkilis (33, Hunter), Jed Lowrie (13, Madrigal), Alex Cora (6, Francisco)|
|HR - David Ortiz (17, Hunter)|
|RBI - J.D. Drew (64), Dustin Pedroia (56), David Ortiz 3 (62), Jeff Bailey (1), Jason Bay (76), Jed Lowrie (29), Coco Crisp (29), Alex Cora (6)|
|2-OUT RBI - Dustin Pedroia (21), David Ortiz 3 (29), Jason Bay (27), Jed Lowrie (6)|
|Team LOB - 7|
|DP - Pedroia-Cora-Youkilis, Pedroia-Cora-Youkilis|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Daisuke Matsuzaka (W,14-2)||7||6||0||0||5||5||0||2.74|
|Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 115-66, Manny Delcarmen 12-8, Mike Timlin 10-6|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 7-5|
|Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 28, Manny Delcarmen 3, Mike Timlin 3|
|Attendance - 37856|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 71|
|Umpires - Home - Scott Barry, First Base - Kerwin Danley, Second Base - Wally Bell, Third Base - Laz Diaz|