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Cruz's walk-off homer powers Rangers past Red Sox

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ARLINGTON, Texas -- Talk about more bang for the buck under the Texas Rangers' new ownership.

Nelson Cruz led off the 11th inning with a homer on the first pitch thrown by Tim Wakefield and AL West-leading Texas capped a 10-9 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Friday.

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"Wakefield always throws the knuckleball. ... Especially the first pitch, he always tries to throw the first strike," Cruz said. "So I just tried to tee him up."

Cruz's 16th homer of the season disappeared deep into the left-field seats after the expected knuckleball from Wakefield (3-9), the seventh Boston reliever.

The Rangers' biggest comeback victory of the season came in the first game since the ownership group led by Nolan Ryan and Chuck Greenberg officially took over the team. Ryan was absent, but Greenberg was among the happiest people in the park.

As Cruz approached home plate, he flipped his batting helmet to the side and jumped on the plate in the middle of the mob of teammates waiting for him there.

"Nellie is a great athlete. He can get it done anytime," Josh Hamilton said. "It's seems when the pressure's on, he thrives in these situations. I'd love to see him play in the playoffs."

The Rangers have an 8½-game lead in the AL West over the Los Angeles Angels.

While Cruz won the game, Hamilton is a certain MVP candidate.

Hamilton had four more hits to raise his majors-best average to .362 and scored four times, including in the eighth when he raced home from second base on Vladimir Guerrero's infield hit for a 9-all tie after the Rangers had trailed by six runs earlier in the game. There were also two highlight-reel catches in center field.

"I'm tired," Hamilton said, with a chuckle. "I feel confident at the plate right now, not trying to do so much. That's what I told Nellie before the last at-bat."

Darren O'Day (4-2) worked a perfect 11th inning against Boston's Nos. 2-4 hitters, extending a team record with his 29th consecutive scoreless appearance. His stretch of 26 1/3 consecutive scoreless innings is the longest active streak in the majors.

A day earlier, Major League Baseball formally approved the sale of the team from Tom Hicks to the 18-investor group led by Greenberg and Ryan, the Hall of Fame pitcher and team president. The new owners immediately implemented lower prices for concessions, parking and merchandise.

Best of all for the second consecutive sellout at Rangers Ballpark was the comeback and Cruz's game-winning blast.

"That's a guy that's swung the bat very well against us. We were in a situation where there was nothing else to do," manager Terry Francona said. "Wake was going to pitch 'til we won or lost. The good news is he won't be tired."

Wakefield left the Red Sox clubhouse without talking to reporters.

J.D. Drew hit two of Boston's five solo home runs, which included three in a row in a seven-run fourth that put the Red Sox up 8-2.

Drew's second homer gave Boston a 9-6 lead in the seventh before Hamilton help the Rangers finish off their comeback. The biggest deficit they had overcome to win was four runs.

Hamilton led off the Texas seventh with a single, went to third on a one-out double by Cruz and scored on David Murphy's sacrifice fly. Bengie Molina then hit a liner to right that Drew misplayed, though it was ruled an RBI double instead of an error.

An inning later, Hamilton had a two-out double before Daniel Bard's first pitch to Guerrero was high and tight. Guerrero gave a menacing stare toward the mound and a couple of pitches later hit a ball up the middle that second baseman Jed Lowrie fielded. But the throw couldn't get Guerrero sliding headfirst into the bag and Hamilton kept running.

David Ortiz, Adrian Beltre and Drew hit consecutive homers in a seven-pitch span to start the fourth to chase Tommy Hunter. Boston added four more runs in the inning off Scott Feldman for an 8-2 lead. Lowrie had already homered an inning earlier.

Boston hadn't had three consecutive homers since April 22, 2007, when Drew was part of four in a row at home against the New York Yankees.

Texas pulled to 8-6 after three homers off Josh Beckett, including back-to-back shots by Michael Young and Hamilton starting the fifth.

It was Hamilton's 25th homer, to go along with 37 doubles and 79 RBI.

Lowrie, who led off the third with homer, was robbed by Hamilton of another extra-base hit to start the sixth. Hamilton sprinted toward the warning track, leaped and in mid-air had to reach back with his glove to make the grab. He also took a hit away from Marco Scutaro in the third with a lunging grab, holding on when his momentum caused him to fall down.

Rangers rookie Mitch Moreland hit his first career homer, a two-run shot in the fourth.


  • Murphy had a double and a triple and is hitting .448 (13 for 29) in an eight-game winning streak.
  • Beckett's ERA rose to 6.51 after giving up six runs and 10 hits in five innings. He allowed seven runs in 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Yankees on Sunday.
  • Boston has 13 homers the past four games.
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The Rangers await Nelson Cruz after his 16th homer of the season ends the game.  (AP)
The Rangers await Nelson Cruz after his 16th homer of the season ends the game. (AP)

Players of the Game

N. Cruz
AB 6
R 2
H 3
HR 1

J. Drew
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 2

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Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF3100000 .192
    Eric Patterson, CF1010000 .221
   a- Darnell McDonald, PH-CF2000010 .259
Marco Scutaro, SS6121001 .268
Victor Martinez, C5012111 .284
David Ortiz, DH6112003 .262
Adrian Beltre, 3B5111001 .330
J.D. Drew, RF5232000 .265
Mike Lowell, 1B4120100 .248
Ryan Kalish, LF5110013 .300
Jed Lowrie, 2B4111013 .308
    Bill Hall, 2B1000010 .242
a-struck out for Patterson in the 8th
HR - David Ortiz (26, Hunter), Adrian Beltre (22, Hunter), J.D. Drew 2 (16, Hunter, Oliver), Jed Lowrie (2, Hunter)
RBI - Marco Scutaro (38), Victor Martinez 2 (44), David Ortiz 2 (77), Adrian Beltre (80), J.D. Drew 2 (56), Jed Lowrie (7)
SB - Eric Patterson (7, 2nd base off Feldman/Molina)
Team LOB - 7
DP - Lowrie-Scutaro-Lowell
E - Ryan Kalish (1, Throwing)
Boston Red Sox
Josh Beckett 51066143 6.51
Dustin Richardson (H,2) 0.1100010 1.74
Scott Atchison (H,3) 0.2000010 3.79
Felix Doubront (H,1) 0.2222010 4.91
Daniel Bard (BS,5) 1.1311130 2.01
Manny Delcarmen 1000120 4.32
Jonathan Papelbon 1000110 3.20
Tim Wakefield (L,3-9)0111001 5.48
IBB - Moreland by Daniel Bard
Pitches-Strikes - Josh Beckett 94-62, Dustin Richardson 8-4, Scott Atchison 12-7, Felix Doubront 14-10, Daniel Bard 32-19, Manny Delcarmen 20-11, Jonathan Papelbon 13-8, Tim Wakefield 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Josh Beckett 8-2, Manny Delcarmen 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 2-0
Batters Faced - Josh Beckett 25, Dustin Richardson 2, Scott Atchison 2, Felix Doubront 4, Daniel Bard 8, Manny Delcarmen 4, Jonathan Papelbon 4, Tim Wakefield 1
Texas Rangers
Elvis Andrus, SS6011011 .274
Michael Young, 3B6111022 .291
Josh Hamilton, CF5441100 .362
Vladimir Guerrero, DH5021011 .298
    Cristian Guzman, PR-DH1000011 .263
Nelson Cruz, RF6232021 .317
David Murphy, LF3121110 .276
Bengie Molina, C4011025 .243
    Julio Borbon, PR0000000 .266
    Taylor Teagarden, C0000100 .122
Mitch Moreland, 1B4222121 .313
Andres Blanco, 2B5010013 .228
2B - Josh Hamilton (37, Bard), Nelson Cruz (21, Doubront), David Murphy (16, Beckett), Bengie Molina (8, Bard), Andres Blanco (3, Richardson)
3B - David Murphy (1, Beckett)
HR - Michael Young (18, Beckett), Josh Hamilton (25, Beckett), Nelson Cruz (16, Wakefield), Mitch Moreland (1, Beckett)
SF - David Murphy (3)
RBI - Elvis Andrus (30), Michael Young (66), Josh Hamilton (79), Vladimir Guerrero (87), Nelson Cruz 2 (64), David Murphy (41), Bengie Molina (27), Mitch Moreland 2 (5)
2-OUT RBI - Vladimir Guerrero (39), Nelson Cruz (23), Bengie Molina (11)
SB - Josh Hamilton (8, 2nd base off Papelbon/Martinez)
Team LOB - 10
E - Andres Blanco (5, Misplayed grounder)
Texas Rangers
Tommy Hunter 3644004 3.38
Scott Feldman 2.2442200 5.48
Darren Oliver 1.1211021 2.40
Alexi Ogando 1100020 1.08
Neftali Feliz 2000010 3.55
Darren O'Day (W,4-2) 1000000 1.15
IBB - Martinez by Scott Feldman
Pitches-Strikes - Tommy Hunter 50-32, Scott Feldman 49-29, Darren Oliver 29-19, Alexi Ogando 19-13, Neftali Feliz 17-10, Darren O'Day 14-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tommy Hunter 6-3, Scott Feldman 4-5, Darren Oliver 1-1, Neftali Feliz 1-4
Batters Faced - Tommy Hunter 15, Scott Feldman 15, Darren Oliver 6, Alexi Ogando 4, Neftali Feliz 6, Darren O'Day 3
Game Information
Attendance - 47195
Game Time - 4:10
Temperature - 99
Umpires - Home - Brian Gorman, First Base - Paul Nauert, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Tony Randazzo