Red Sox Drop Rubber Game To Rangers, 7-3

The Red Sox dropped the rubber game with the Rangers on Sunday (their third loss in the past four games, and fifth in the past nine). Dice-K allowed four runs in 6 2/3 innings, and the Rangers added three more runs at the expense of Boston's bullpen.

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In Progress: Red Sox Battle Rangers In Rubber Game

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Michael Young hit a three-run homer to pace Texas in a 7-3 decision over Boston in the finale of a three-game series.

Julio Borbon and Andres Blanco each drove in two runs for the Rangers, who took two of three in the set.

C.J. Wilson (11-5) scattered four hits and one run over 7 2/3 innings, fanning eight with one walk.

Darnell McDonald hit a two-run shot and Marco Scutaro posted an RBI double for the Red Sox, losers in three of four.

Daisuke Matsuzaka (8-4) was tagged in the loss for seven hits and four runs in 6 2/3 frames.

The Rangers chased Matsuzaka with a four-run seventh inning and appeared to have a grip on the game. Mitch Moreland singled, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt and to third on a groundout before scoring on a bunt single from Borbon.

Elvis Andrus hit a solid single and Manny Delcarmen was summoned, only to give up a three-run homer to Young for a 5-0 game.

However, the Sox struck with three runs in the eighth. Eric Patterson reached on a two-out infield single which caromed off Wilson, causing his exit in favor of Pedro Strop. Patterson went to second on defensive indifference and moved to third on a wild pitch, eventually scoring on Scutaro's double.

McDonald followed with a two-run homer to right for a 5-3 score.

Texas regained control in the home half, though, as Blanco and Borbon slugged back-to-back two-out run-scoring singles to push the Rangers' advantage to 7-3.

Neftali Feliz locked down the game with a scoreless ninth.

Texas picked up a run in the second as Blanco lifted a sacrifice fly to center with two runners in scoring position. Jorge Cantu came in on the out after singling, moving to second on a walk and going to third on a sac bunt.

Texas won six of the 10 games in the season series, including four of seven in Boston...Prior to the game, the Rangers placed starter Rich Harden on the 15- day disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis and recalled outfielder Brandon Boggs from Triple-A Oklahoma City...The Rangers begin a seven-game road trip in Tampa Bay on Monday and the Red Sox host the Angels starting Tuesday.

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