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August 25, 2011

Final: Red Sox 6, Rangers 0

Ron Washington hasn’t ruled out manipulating his rotation with an off day coming on Monday. He might have no other choice.

Alexi Ogando didn’t look any better than Matt Harrison or Colby Lewis against the Boston Red Sox. Ogando gave up a home run in every inning he pitched, as the Red Sox slugged their way to a 6-0 victory over the Rangers on another 100-plus-degree night Thursday at Rangers Ballpark.

The Rangers have dropped five of their last six, and now have a two-game lead in the American League West over the Angels, who come to town for a three-game series beginning Friday.

The Red Sox defeated the Rangers the last three games of the four-game series by a combined score of 30-7.

Boston had solo shots in the first and second innings by Adrian Gonzalez and David Ortiz. Gonzalez belted a two-run opposite field shot in the third, giving Boston a 4-0 lead.

In the fourth, the Red Sox made it 6-0 on a two-run blast by Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

Ogando lasted only four innings, allowing six runs on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts. It was his shortest outing since lasting only 2 2/3 innings against Seattle on Aug. 9.

The Rangers’ offense didn’t get much going against Red Sox starter Andrew Miller, either. Miller threw a season-long 6 1/3 scoreless innings, allowing only three hits. Boston relievers Alfredo Aceves and Dan Wheeler completed the shutout.

-- Drew Davison


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Look, the Rangers loaded up on bullpen actors knowing that the starting staff was the weak link in the final stretch. The team could have used another bat. But what is really surprising is that the defenese has faltered... and it's not just because Beltre is hurt. IF it wasn't for Michael Young's consistant play, even in the field, this team would be tied with the Angels or behind them. Also gotta reap praise on Napoli. This team is tired and it shows.

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