Boston Squeaks By Texas In Meeting of Division Leaders

May 29: Texas 7, Boston 4

Sox sixth starter Jon Lester was excellent in his previous two fill-in starts, but things didn’t go his way in this one. Every Ranger got at least one hit in the ballgame. Boston swatted two, two-run dingers against Gaylord Perry, but that was the extent of their scoring.

                  R  H BB
TEX 100 202 200 - 7 12  3
BOS 000 002 200 - 4  8  1

HR: F. Howard (9), J. Gonzalez (11),
J. Foxx (8), B. Doerr (6)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
G. Perry    6.1  4  4  2  1  3  
J. Lester   6.1  7  6  2  2  6 

TEX 28-21, BOS 33-16

May 30: Boston 4, Texas 2

White hot Juan Gonzalez drilled his 12th homer of the year in the top of the first inning to open a quick 2-0 lead for Texas. Wade Boggs, whose league-leading OBP is higher than his SLG (.459 to .452),  surprised the Fenway faithful with a lead-off homer in the bottom of the frame. Fergie Jenkins and Lefty Grove settled into grooves from there, and the score remained 2-1 until things got away from Jenkins and the Rangers in the bottom of the seventh. Boggs, Speaker, Yaz, and Williams went walk-single-double-single, and the Red Sox evened the series at one apiece.

                  R  H BB
TEX 200 000 000 - 2  5  5
BOS 100 000 30x - 4 10  3

HR: J. Gonzalez (12), W. Boggs (2)

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Jenkins  6.1  4  4  1  3  2  
L. Grove    7.0  2  2  1  5  4 

TEX 28-22, BOS 34-16

SPORTS YANKEES-REDSOX 1 NDMay 31: Boston 1, Texas 0

Game three was a nail-biter, with Texas starter Matt Harrison surprisingly hanging right in there vs. Pedro Martinez for the first five innings. When Ted Williams and Manny Ramirez started the bottom of the sixth with back-to-back singles, fireman Arthur Rhodes came in for Texas, and retired three straight. But Williams came home on a Jimmie Foxx sac-fly, and that was all the offense Pedro Martinez needed on a day he was slicing through the Texas lineup with ease. Since a bad outing four starts ago, Pedro has allowed zero runs in his last three starts, and now joins teammates Roger Clemens and Smoky Joe Wood in the league’s top 10 ERA list.

                  R H BB
TEX 000 000 000 - 0 3  1
BOS 000 001 00x - 1 7  2

HR: none

starters      IP  R ER HR BB SO
M. Harrison  5.0  1  1  0  1  3  
P. Martinez  8.0  0  0  0  1  8 

TEX 28-23, BOS 35-16
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