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Red Sox Vs. Rangers Live Blog: Inning By Inning Updates For Game 2

Red Sox 2, Rangers 1, Mid 9th -- The Red Sox finally get back on the board against Joe Nathan, taking a 2-1 lead in the ninth. All the damage comes with two outs, as both Daniel Nava and Jarrod Saltalamacchia draw walks. Mike Aviles steps up to the plate, works a long at-bat, running the count full, and then gets a slider he just barely manages to hit, putting it on a line up over the head of the leaping Elvis Andrus to drive in the one run.

Red Sox 1, Rangers 1, End 8th -- The Rangers manage to put a couple men on base with two outs, including one when Vicente Padilla catches Adrian Beltre on the helmet with a fastball, but Michael Young grounds out to end the frame uneventfully.

Red Sox 1, Rangers 1, Mid 8th -- Dustin Pedroia's line drive is about all the Sox can claim credit for in the eighth, and it ends up in Elvis Andrus' glove, leaving them victims of another 1-2-3 inning and still with just two games against the Rangers despite a pair of replacement starters.

Red Sox 1, Rangers 1, End 7th -- Without explanation, Carl Crawford is out of the game in left field, with Daniel Nava entering in his place. The Rangers get a couple of walks in the meantime, but Clay manages to finish what is almost certainly his last inning without further incident.

Red Sox 1, Rangers 1, Mid 7th -- Strikeout, ground out, fly out ends the seventh in a hurry as Alexi Ogando places Martin Perez.

Red Sox 1, Rangers 1, End 6th -- And the Rangers finally strike back. You can't expect Texas to be held down for too long, and when you let a guy like Perez off the hook over and over again, they'll get him the one run he needs for a tie. Elvis Andrus provides the baserunner with a one-out double, and a wild pitch moves him to third before a ground ball past Clay Buchholz to Mike Aviles, who elects to go to first for the second out and letting the equalizing run in.

Red Sox 1, Rangers 0, Mid 6th -- A 2-out single from Will Middlebrooks gives him his second hit of the night, but the Sox still can't get anything else across against Martin Perez.

Red Sox 1, Rangers 0, End 5th -- David Murphy doubles and Mike Napoli walks, putting the Sox in a bad position with one out, but Buchholz gets a ground ball from Craig Gentry, giving the Sox an inning-ending double play.

Red Sox 1, Rangers 0, Mid 5th -- Adrian Beltre makes an excellent play on a bunt from Pedro Ciriaco, stealing a single from the infielder in a 1-2-3 fifth.

Red Sox 1, Rangers 0, End 4th -- Adrian Beltre has a weird two-out double, as Jacoby Ellsbury can't quite make a sliding grab on a shallow fly ball. Beltre manages to head to second and just barely--depending on who you ask--avoid a tag from Dustin Pedroia.

Red Sox 1, Rangers 0, Mid 4th -- The Red Sox finally score, but it's only thanks to a bad defensive play in right field. With Cody Ross on base via a walk and two outs, Kelly Shoppach hit a long fly ball to right field. David Murphy, however, got a poor read, and never truly recovered, resulting in a dropped ball at the wall and a run scoring all the way from first.

Red Sox 0, Rangers 0, End 3rd -- A leadoff single gives the Rangers their first hit of the game, and an error lets another batter reach, but a double play erases the leadoff, and another ground ball gets Buchholz out of harm's way.

Red Sox 0, Rangers 0, Mid 3rd -- If Martin Perez was shaken at all by the second inning, he isn't showing it. Jacoby Ellsbury grounds up the middle for a leadoff single, but Perez gets the rest of the Sox in order, leaving them scoreless for a tenth straight inning.

Red Sox 0, Rangers 0, End 2nd -- The Red Sox don't face nearly as much danger in the bottom of the inning, as Clay Buchholz earns a quick trio of ground outs to keep the Rangers down another inning.

Red Sox 0, Rangers 0, Mid 2nd -- The Sox threaten to break through against Martin Perez, with singles from Adrian Gonzalez and Will Middlebrooks and a walk from Kelly Shoppach loading the bases with two outs. Mike Aviles works a decent at-bat, and almost draws the walk, but can only muster a fly ball to right field, ending the inning uneventfully.

Red Sox 0, Rangers 0, End 1st -- Clay Buchholz has an uninspiring start to the game, plunking leadoff hitter Ian Kinsler right out of the gates. Unfortunately for Kinsler, Buchholz manages to throw over to first and--controversially--pick him off. Two fly balls later, and Buchholz technically has a 1-2-3.

Red Sox 0, Rangers 0, Mid 1st -- The Red Sox are off to another slow start against a struggling minor leaguer, but at least this time it involves some contact. The top of the order goes 1-2-3 against Martin Perez with a fly ball, ground ball, and another fly makes it a 10-pitch start for the lefty.