In an eventful weekend series against the Texas Rangers, the Sox were dominated by Kevin Millwood, saw Jon Lester flirt with perfection, and ultimately fell short in the rubber game. On Friday night the Red Sox ran into one of Kevin Millwood’s occasional flashes of brilliance. The Rangers’ right-hander went seven strong innings, scattering 7 hits and four walks without an earned un (one unearned on a Chris Davis error). Eddie Guardado and Darren O’Day each pitched a scoreless inning to give the Rangers a rare win in Boston; breaking an 8 game losing streak at Fenway. “It’s a different year,” Rangers second baseman Kinsler said in a post-game interview. “It’s just another win. We’re just trying to keep winning.” David Ortiz provided Boston’s only offense of the night, driving in Jason Bay on a single in 8th.
The Sox would fare far better on Saturday. Jon Lester took a perfect game into the 7th inning, before finally surrendering a double to Michael Young. “I was real happy it was a well-struck ball,” Lester said. “It wasn’t an infield hit or anything like that.”Though Lester’s second bid for a historic game a Fenway was over, he went the distance for a dominant 2-hit complete game. Boston’s offense came alive with 8 runs, including David Ortiz’s second homer of the year. “That’s how you get back to hitting balls and start hitting well, put a good swing on a ball,” Ortiz told reporters after the game. “Even though you don’t get the good luck, it will come.”
Daisuke Matsuzaka struggled in Sunday afternoon’s game. He lasted just 5 2/3 innings, surrendering five runs on ten hits. The Ranger offensive attack was led by left-fielder Nelson Cruz. Cruz went 3-4 with a double, triple, and home run (just a single short of the cycle), driving in one run and scoring three times. Vincente Padilla gave up 2 earned runs in 7 innings of work, improving his record to 4-3 on the season. Jonathan Papelbon worked a perfect 9th in a non-save situation. Sox centerfielder Jacoby Ellsbury left in the 4th inning with a shoulder sprain, and will be evaluated later today.
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