Rangers Lose to Red Sox

5-27-07 - Manny Ramirez had four hits and keyed a five-run sixth inning with an RBI triple to help the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 7-4 Saturday night.

The Red Sox fell behind 4-2 in the fifth before they rallied for a big inning against the team with the worst record in the American League.

Ramirez lined a fastball into the right-field corner that scored Kevin Youkilis, who led off the sixth with a single. Ramirez belly-flopped into third for his first triple of the season and his sixth since 2001.

Youkilis capped the inning with a run-scoring walk that put Boston ahead 7-4.

Ramirez was 4-for-4 and fell a home run short of the cycle. He also singled in the second, doubled in the seventh and singled in the ninth.

Texas' Sammy Sosa was 1-for-3 with a double and a walk in his pursuit of becoming the fifth player in history to hit 600 home runs. He has 598.

Tim Wakefield (5-5) snapped a personal two-game losing streak by allowing four runs and five hits over seven innings. He struck out four and walked one.

Jonathan Papelbon picked up his 12th save in 13 chances. Gerald Laird hit a fly ball to center with runners on first and second to end it.

Vicente Padilla (2-7) allowed six runs and five hits in 5 1-3 innings for his second loss of the season to Boston.

The Rangers have lost four straight and nine of 12 overall.

Boston sent 11 batters to the plate in the sixth against the Rangers. The Red Sox had four hits and drew four walks.

After Ramirez's triple brought Boston within 4-3, he came home on Padilla's wild pitch.

J.D. Drew walked and Mike Lowell singled to knock Padilla out of the game.

Coco Crisp gave the Red Sox a 5-4 lead with an RBI single to center off reliever Joaquin Benoit. Alex Cora added a sacrifice fly and Youkilis drew an RBI walk to put the Red Sox ahead 7-4.

The Rangers finally got out of the inning when David Ortiz, who flew out to deep center earlier in the sixth, grounded out to first.

Texas scored three runs in the fifth on Laird's two-run double and Kenny Lofton's sacrifice fly.

Padilla allowed one hit through three innings before Boston scored two in the fourth.

Youkilis extended his hitting streak to 18 games with a leadoff double in the fourth. Ortiz and Ramirez then walked to load the bases.

Drew grounded to first and Mark Teixeira threw to second to get the out. But Michael Young's throw back to first got past Padilla for an error.

Youkilis and Ortiz scored on the play to give Boston a 2-1 lead.

Sosa doubled to lead off the second and came home on Marlon Byrd's RBI single.


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