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ARLINGTON, Texas -- With his team riding a four-game losing streak, Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine was looking for more than just timely hits from his team. He also wanted to see his players draw walks.
The Red Sox did both at just the right time on Tuesday night, beating the Texas Rangers 2-1 to end their skid.
"We got some long-awaited walks," Valentine said. "They were two great at-bats by Nava and Salty. Then Mike has been hitting in bad luck, but he got a hit on 3-and-2 off the end of his bat. A couple of walks and a bloop, and we win."
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Nathan (1-3) had issued only five walks in 38 1/3 innings pitched this season before facing Nava and Saltalamacchia. Those consecutive walks also snapped a career-long stretch of 80 straight appearances with one or fewer walks.
With Nava and Saltalamacchia on, Aviles singled just beyond the reach of shortstop Elvis Andrus. It was Aviles' first career go-ahead hit in the ninth inning or later.
"[Nathan] put it in the strike zone and got two quick outs, then all of a sudden he couldn't find the strike zone," Rangers manager Ron Washington said. "Give Aviles credit, he got a good pitch, poked it over the infield and we just couldn't get to it."
The Rangers had a prime scoring opportunity in the eighth inning but Red Sox reliever Vicente Padilla (4-0) escaped a first-and-third jam.
Andrus beat out a single and made it to third on an unusual two-base throwing error by Padilla.
Padilla threw to first in an attempt to pick off Andrus, got the return throw from first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, then almost immediately threw back to Gonzalez, who wasn't expecting it and the ball rolled to the wall.
With two outs, Padilla hit Adrian Beltre, knocking his helmet off and sending him to the ground. Rangers officials said after the game that Beltre did not sustain a concussion but had a head contusion. After Beltre left the game, Michael Young grounded out to end the inning.
"It was a nail-biter game -- any one mistake can hurt you," Young said.
The Rangers had a player hit a double for the third consecutive inning in the sixth when Andrus doubled with one out. Andrus went to third on a wild pitch and scored on a slow groundout by Josh Hamilton.
"Four losses [in a row] was big," Nava said. "This was another win that we need."
|Adrian Beltre is hit in the helmet by Red Sox reliever Vicente Padilla and has to leave the game in the eighth inning. (US Presswire)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||5||0||1||0||0||0||2||.293|
|Pedro Ciriaco, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.320|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1||.267|
|Adrian Gonzalez, 1B||4||0||1||0||0||1||1||.293|
|Cody Ross, RF||3||1||0||0||1||1||1||.266|
|Will Middlebrooks, 3B||4||0||2||0||0||0||1||.293|
|Carl Crawford, LF||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.241|
|Daniel Nava, LF||0||1||0||0||1||0||0||.250|
|Kelly Shoppach, C||2||0||1||1||1||1||0||.278|
|a- Jarrod Saltalamacchia, PH-C||0||0||0||0||1||0||0||.233|
|Mike Aviles, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||4||.260|
|a-walked for Shoppach in the 9th|
|2B - Kelly Shoppach (11, Perez)|
|RBI - Kelly Shoppach (15), Mike Aviles (51)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kelly Shoppach (12), Mike Aviles (23)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|DP - Aviles-Pedroia-Gonzalez, Middlebrooks-Gonzalez|
|E - Mike Aviles (10, Misplayed grounder), Vicente Padilla (1, Throwing)|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Vicente Padilla (W,4-0)||1||1||0||0||0||2||0||3.50|
|Alfredo Aceves (S,21)||1||0||0||0||1||0||0||3.81|
|HBP - Kinsler (by Clay Buchholz), Beltre (by Vicente Padilla)|
|WP - Clay Buchholz (2)|
|Pitches-Strikes - Clay Buchholz 105-57, Vicente Padilla 22-16, Alfredo Aceves 8-4|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Clay Buchholz 12-6, Vicente Padilla 1-0, Alfredo Aceves 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Clay Buchholz 27, Vicente Padilla 5, Alfredo Aceves 4|
|Ian Kinsler, 2B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.276|
|Alberto Gonzalez, 2B||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.245|
|a- Brandon Snyder, PH-3B||1||0||0||0||0||1||0||.290|
|Elvis Andrus, SS||4||1||2||0||0||1||0||.297|
|Josh Hamilton, LF||4||0||0||1||0||1||1||.290|
|Adrian Beltre, 3B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.316|
|Yorvit Torrealba, PR-C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.221|
|Michael Young, 1B-2B||4||0||0||0||0||0||3||.268|
|Nelson Cruz, DH||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||.259|
|David Murphy, RF||3||0||2||0||1||0||0||.279|
|Mike Napoli, C-1B||1||0||0||0||3||0||1||.232|
|Leonys Martin, PR||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.176|
|Craig Gentry, CF||4||0||0||0||0||0||4||.339|
|a-struck out for Gonzalez in the 8th|
|2B - Elvis Andrus (23, Buchholz), Adrian Beltre (20, Buchholz), David Murphy (12, Buchholz)|
|RBI - Josh Hamilton (81)|
|PK - Ian Kinsler (2, Buchholz)|
|Team LOB - 8|
|Joe Nathan (L,1-3)||1||1||1||1||2||1||0||2.29|
|Pitches-Strikes - Martin Perez 98-63, Alexi Ogando 16-11, Mike Adams 17-13, Joe Nathan 29-14|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Martin Perez 7-10, Alexi Ogando 1-1|
|Batters Faced - Martin Perez 25, Alexi Ogando 3, Mike Adams 3, Joe Nathan 6|
|Attendance - 41237|
|Game Time - 3:21|
|Temperature - 94|
|Umpires - Home - Chris Guccione, First Base - Tim Tschida, Second Base - Jeff Nelson, Third Base - Bill Welke|