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Red Sox 7, Rangers 4: Defensive Gems Save John Lackey In Fifth

John Lackey gave up a run in the bottom of the fifth, but it could have been much, much worse.

With the Sox failing to score for the first time in the top of the inning, the Rangers put three good swings on the ball. Ian Kinsler led off with a very hard hit fly ball/line drive that seemed to scream extra bases before Ellsbury made a tremendous running grab, chasing down the gapper and earning a tip-of-the-cap from Lackey. Two pitches later and it was Marco Scutaro making a great ranging play to just barely catch Elvis Andrus at first.

There was no defense that could save Lackey from Josh Hamilton, however. While he managed to keep his fastball away from the powerful outfielder, Hamilton went out and got it, hooking an absolute rocket shot into the stands in right for the solo homer, and trimming the Boston lead back to just three runs.