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Rangers send BoSox to fourth loss in row, out of first place

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Tommy Hunter was knocked around by Boston last season. This time, the Texas rookie right-hander helped knock the Red Sox out of first place.

Hunter allowed one run and four hits over six innings to beat All-Star Josh Beckett, who still threw his third complete game in six starts, in the Rangers' 4-2 victory.

"He kept his composure," Rangers second baseman Ian Kinsler said of Hunter. "He's matured so much since last year."

Boston has its first four-game losing streak since last July, scoring only eight runs in the stretch. The New York Yankees beat Baltimore 6-4 on Tuesday night to break the tie atop the AL East, where the Red Sox had been since June 9.

"We've hit our worst spot of the year as a team swinging the bats," Red Sox captain Jason Varitek said. "We've all been here before. We're one or two hits away from getting it back together."

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Boston, which lost two of three at Toronto over the weekend, has lost consecutive series after winning five in a row before the All-Star break.

Hunter (2-1), a 23-year-old right-hander drafted only two summers ago, gave up nine runs in 1 2/3 innings at Fenway Park last August in one of his three starts last season.

"I did not throw well when I pitched against them last year. I threw pretty well tonight, I was able to throw four pitches for strikes," Hunter said. "Last year, I had a pitch-and-a-half. I wouldn't consider the fastball a pitch, it was always up in the zone."

The Red Sox weren't able to tee off this time against Hunter, who threw a lot of changeups.

"They hit a lot of weak pop flies," he said.

Boston's only run against Hunter came in the sixth when Dustin Pedroia had a two-out single and Kevin Youkilis followed with a double into the right-center gap. David Ortiz, who had been thrown out in the second trying to extend a leadoff single, then hit an infield popup on Hunter's last pitch.

"He had given us what we needed," manager Ron Washington said.

Hank Blalock put Texas ahead to stay with a two-run single in the first, though the Texas-born Beckett (11-4) retired 13 batters in a row after that until Michael Young's one-out single in the sixth.

"I didn't make very good pitches. This one falls on me. I think the right person got the loss," Beckett said. "The game was lost in the first inning. Two-out runs are demoralizing to everybody, especially to a pitcher. ... It's unacceptable."

Kinsler had a leadoff double and Jones a two-out walk in the first before both advanced on a double steal. Blalock then pulled a liner through the right side of the infield.

Andruw Jones had a leadoff double in the seventh for Texas and scored on David Murphy's flyball to shallow left. Marlon Byrd added a two-out RBI single in the eighth.

Beckett struck out seven and gave up seven hits in his first start since July 12. He threw a three-hit shutout at Kansas City before the All-Star Game, where he didn't pitch.

The right-hander was 4-0 with a 1.63 ERA his previous five starts, including another shutout. He had been 6-0 in games following Boston losses.

C.J. Wilson worked the ninth for his ninth save in 11 chances, despite giving up an RBI single to Mike Lowell. Wilson has saved both games since closer Frank Francisco was put on the disabled list for the third time this season -- this time with a case of pneumonia.

Rangers relievers have allowed one run in 14 innings in a three-game winning streak that has followed a four-game slide.

Notes

  • Kinsler caught two inning-ending popups in foul territory. He reached into the stands to end the fourth to catch Jason Bay's popup when the bottom half of his body crashed into the 3 1/2-foot high brick facade.
  • Boston is 8-15 vs. the AL West.
  • Rangers All-Star OF Nelson Cruz, out of the starting lineup for the third consecutive game with a fractured right ring finger, took some swings before the game and could be back in the lineup Wednesday.
  • Texas LHP Matt Harrison, out since May 26 because of left shoulder inflammation, will make a rehab start Wednesday for Double-A Frisco.
 
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The Rangers ride the hot arm of rookie Tommy Hunter, who outduels Red Sox All-Star Josh Beckett.  (AP)
The Rangers ride the hot arm of rookie Tommy Hunter, who outduels Red Sox All-Star Josh Beckett. (AP)

Players of the Game
Texas

H. Blalock
AB 3
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 2
Texas

T. Hunter
IP 6.0
H 4
ER 1
BB 1
K 2
 
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4000001 .290
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4110001 .301
Kevin Youkilis, 1B4011010 .303
David Ortiz, DH4010001 .224
Jason Bay, LF1100300 .254
J.D. Drew, RF4000012 .236
Mike Lowell, 3B3011101 .289
Jason Varitek, C4000023 .230
Jed Lowrie, SS3010002 .107
Totals3125244  
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis (24, Hunter), Jed Lowrie (1, Hunter)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis (57), Mike Lowell (42)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis (26), Mike Lowell (23)
SB - Jason Bay (11, 2nd base off Wilson/Saltalamacchia)
Team LOB - 6
Fielding
DP - Pedroia-Youkilis-Lowrie
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett (L,11-4) 8744170 3.42
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 104-68
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 10-6
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 31
Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4110011 .248
Michael Young, 3B4110001 .310
Josh Hamilton, CF4011022 .243
Andruw Jones, DH3210101 .227
Hank Blalock, 1B3022000 .259
Marlon Byrd, RF3000023 .277
David Murphy, LF2001000 .281
Jarrod Saltalamacchia, C3000021 .242
Elvis Andrus, SS3010000 .250
Totals2947417  
Batting
2B - Ian Kinsler (20, Beckett), Andruw Jones (12, Beckett)
SF - David Murphy (5)
RBI - Josh Hamilton (28), Hank Blalock 2 (46), David Murphy (26)
2-OUT RBI - Josh Hamilton (7), Hank Blalock 2 (16)
SB - Ian Kinsler (20, 3rd base off Beckett/Varitek), Andruw Jones (5, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek), Elvis Andrus (18, 2nd base off Beckett/Varitek)
Team LOB - 3
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Marlon Byrd 1
Texas Rangers
Tommy Hunter (W,2-1) 6411120 2.17
Jason Jennings (H,10) 1000210 3.26
Darren O'Day (H,12) 1000000 1.82
C.J. Wilson (S,9) 1111110 2.93
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 85-58, Jason Jennings 26-14, Darren O'Day 12-7, C.J. Wilson 17-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 2-13, Jason Jennings 1-1, C.J. Wilson 2-0
Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 22, Jason Jennings 5, Darren O'Day 3, C.J. Wilson 5
Game Information
Attendance - 28555
Game Time - 2:26
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Randy Marsh, First Base - Angel Hernandez, Second Base - Marvin Hudson, Third Base - Lance Barksdale