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Beltre breaks late tie as Rangers take series

BOSTON -- Adrian Beltre drove home the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth, and the Rangers held on for a 10-9 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park.

The Rangers had a 3-0 lead and a 9-5 lead at different points in the game. Boston came back twice to tie the game, before Texas put it away in the ninth.

Elvis Andrus led off the inning by drawing a walk from Red Sox reliever Clayton Mortensen, then went to third on a single by Josh Hamilton, his third hit of the afternoon. After Alfredo Aceves replaced Mortensen, Beltre hit a sacrifice fly to deep center to drive home the go-ahead run.

Joe Nathan closed it out for his 21st successful save in a row and 23rd on the season.

The Rangers, in taking two of three from the Red Sox this week, have now won six of their past eight games. They have also won six of eight from the Boston this season.

Rangers starter Matt Harrison, twice given three-run leads, missed out on a chance for his 14th victory, lasting just 4 2/3 innings in his shortest outing since May 2 at Toronto. Harrison allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett also had a rough afternoon, allowing eight runs in five-plus innings.

Hamilton helped the Rangers take a 3-0 lead in the first. Ian Kinsler led off with a walk and Andrus reached on an infield single. Hamilton then blasted one into right-center field to the deepest part of the park and raced to third with a two-run triple. Beltre brought him home with a sacrifice fly.

But Harrison couldn't keep the lead. Dustin Pedroia reached on a two-out infield single and scored on Adrian Gonzalez's double. Cody Ross brought Gonzalez home with a single. Ross later tied the game at 3 in the third inning on a home run over the Green Monster in left field.

The Rangers retook the lead in the fifth. Mitch Moreland, leading off the inning, put them ahead with a home run to center field, then Hamilton added a two-run home run. It was his 30th of the season.

The Red Sox struck back for two in the bottom of the inning before Roy Oswalt stopped them. Carl Crawford led off with a triple and scored on Gonzalez's one-out double. Harrison retired Ross on a flyout to center, but he then walked the next two batters to load the bases. Oswalt came in to face Kelly Shoppach, and his first-pitch swinging strike got past Geovany Soto for a passed ball, allowing a run to score. But Oswalt struck out Shoppach to end the inning.

Soto then made up for the passed ball by hitting a two-run home run off Beckett in the top of the sixth. It was his first homer since being acquired by the Rangers on July 30. Nelson Cruz, after Oswalt set down the side in order in the sixth, hit his 18th home run of the season to make it 9-5 in the top of the seventh.

But the Red Sox rallied in the bottom of the seventh. Pedroia led off with a single and scored on Gonzalez's double into the right-field corner. Ross then drew a walk, and Will Middlebrooks tied it up with a three-run home run to left.

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BOS View Full Game Coverage TON -- Adrian Beltre drove home the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth, and the Rangers held on for a 10-9 victory over the Red Sox on Wednesday afternoon at Fenway Park.

The Rangers had a 3-0 lead and a 9-5 lead at different points in the game. Boston came back twice to tie the game, before Texas put it away in the ninth.

Elvis Andrus led off the inning by drawing a walk from Red Sox reliever Clayton Mortensen, then went to third on a single by Josh Hamilton, his third hit of the afternoon. After Alfredo Aceves replaced Mortensen, Beltre hit a sacrifice fly to deep center to drive home the go-ahead run.

Joe Nathan closed it out for his 21st successful save in a row and 23rd on the season.

The Rangers, in taking two of three from the Red Sox this week, have now won six of their past eight games. They have also won six of eight from the Boston this season.

Rangers starter Matt Harrison, twice given three-run leads, missed out on a chance for his 14th victory, lasting just 4 2/3 innings in his shortest outing since May 2 at Toronto. Harrison allowed five runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out three. Red Sox starter Josh Beckett also had a rough afternoon, allowing eight runs in five-plus innings.

Hamilton helped the Rangers take a 3-0 lead in the first. Ian Kinsler led off with a walk and Andrus reached on an infield single. Hamilton then blasted one into right-center field to the deepest part of the park and raced to third with a two-run triple. Beltre brought him home with a sacrifice fly.

But Harrison couldn't keep the lead. Dustin Pedroia reached on a two-out infield single and scored on Adrian Gonzalez's double. Cody Ross brought Gonzalez home with a single. Ross later tied the game at 3 in the third inning on a home run over the Green Monster in left field.

The Rangers retook the lead in the fifth. Mitch Moreland, leading off the inning, put them ahead with a home run to center field, then Hamilton added a two-run home run. It was his 30th of the season.

The Red Sox struck back for two in the bottom of the inning before Roy Oswalt stopped them. Carl Crawford led off with a triple and scored on Gonzalez's one-out double. Harrison retired Ross on a flyout to center, but he then walked the next two batters to load the bases. Oswalt came in to face Kelly Shoppach, and his first-pitch swinging strike got past Geovany Soto for a passed ball, allowing a run to score. But Oswalt struck out Shoppach to end the inning.

Soto then made up for the passed ball by hitting a two-run home run off Beckett in the top of the sixth. It was his first homer since being acquired by the Rangers on July 30. Nelson Cruz, after Oswalt set down the side in order in the sixth, hit his 18th home run of the season to make it 9-5 in the top of the seventh.

But the Red Sox rallied in the bottom of the seventh. Pedroia led off with a single and scored on Gonzalez's double into the right-field corner. Ross then drew a walk, and Will Middlebrooks tied it up with a three-run home run to left.

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