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Red Sox 9, Rangers 3, End 4: Carl Crawford's Grand Slam Highlights Huge Inning

The Red Sox entered the bottom of the fourth down two, and left it up six.

The Sox would end up sending 13 batters to the plate in the fourth, starting with Josh Reddick, who got things going with a line drive to center field. Like Jed Lowrie an inning before, Saltalamacchia worked a full count on six pitches, and on the seventh picked up a hit. Unlike Jed Lowrie, his went quite a ways, as he took Colby Lewis’ 86-MPH cutter and knocked it into the stands in right for a game-tying two-run homer.

Jacoby Ellsbury would provide the first out of the inning, lining out to left, but Dustin Pedroia’s liner landed for a hit. After a passed ball allowed the Sox’ second baseman to move up a base, the Rangers decided to give Adrian Gonzalez a free pass. They would repeat this process with two outs and David Ortiz at bat, bringing up Mike Aviles, pinch hitting for Jed Lowrie. Aviles pulled ahead in the count 3-1, and then laced a single into right to give the Red Sox the lead.

Of course, there were still a few more runs to be scored, and that’s where Carl Crawford comes in. Yoshinori Tateyama, who had relieved Colby Lewis after Dustin Pedroia’s at bat, delivered a 1-0 changeup right down the middle, and Carl Crawford hooked it high and far for the second Red Sox homer to right field of the inning—this one a Grand Slam.

The Sox would push across another run on three straight singles before the inning came to an end to take a 9-3 lead. Now, with a 9-3 lead, Erik Bedard seems almost a lock to finally pick up his first win with the Sox.