Red Sox settle for doubleheader split

Red Sox settle for doubleheader split

BOSTON -- While the long ball held the starring role in the first game of Sunday's doubleheader, small ball was the main attraction, with supporting credits to wild pitches and intentional walks, in the second showing. The Rangers and Red Sox combined for 34 hits -- with nothing more robust than a double -- with the Rangers taking top billing, 13-6, before a Fenway Park crowd of 35,602.

The Rangers' 22 hits are a season high, and the most Texas has rung up against the Sox in its history. The 22 hits are also a season high for hits allowed by Sox pitchers, easily surpassing the 16 allowed April 7 at Baltimore and April 12 against the Blue Jays. The Rangers' 13 runs matched a season high, as the teams combined for 6 hours and 54 minutes of baseball Sunday.

Rookie right-hander David Pauley, in his third start, made his Fenway Park debut in the second game, going five-plus innings, allowing six runs on 12 hits, one intentional walk, and a hit batter, while striking out five.

"It seemed like every fastball he threw, [the Rangers] were right on," said Sox manager Terry Francona. "Thankfully, he kind of found himself and started getting his breaking ball over and his changeup, and he got us to where he did because at the beginning of the game it didn't look like we were going to get very far. On a normal day, we probably don't, but he got us far enough where we didn't have to pitch a position player or get somebody hurt."

Gary Matthews led off the game with a single up the middle off Pauley, the first of four one-baggers to center in the inning, but was picked off first base. Three consecutive singles by Mark Teixeira, Hank Blalock, and Mark DeRosa gave the Rangers a 1-0 lead.

In the second, nine Rangers went to the plate, delivering three more singles and two doubles, as Texas stretched its lead, putting four more runs on the board.

After giving up a double to Jason Botts and hitting Jerry Hairston to start the sixth, Pauley's night was over, with Julian Tavarez relieving. But the Rangers added another run in the inning with Botts scoring on Michael Young's grounder, giving the Rangers a 6-0 lead.

With reliever Mike Timlin on the disabled list with a strained right shoulder and ready to be activated before Tuesday's game in Minnesota, Pauley was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket after the game.

"This is good for David," Francona said. "I'm sure it was a learning experience. Now, he has to go learn how to do what he is supposed to do. He found out he can have success and he also found out ... he can get hit around. I think it was a good experience for him. I hope a very good learning experience."

Pauley, who was called up from Double-A Portland on May 31 and departs with a record of 0-2 and a 7.88 ERA, concurs.

"Definitely. I saw what it takes to stay here. I have to go down and work on getting back so that I can get back here," he said. "That's the difference between Minor League baseball and Major League baseball, is that you have to be consistent with your pitches and hit your spots and stay out of the middle of the plate."

Tavarez, Rudy Seanez, and Keith Foulke pitched the final four innings, giving up a combined seven runs on 10 hits and a walk, striking out two. The teams combined for four wild pitches, split evenly, with Seanez and Foulke contributing the Sox's share.

Texas starter John Wasdin, who held the Sox scoreless through five innings, allowing just three hits, ran into trouble in the sixth.

David Ortiz and Mike Lowell opened the frame with singles, Ortiz scoring on Trot Nixon's double and Lowell coming home on J.T. Snow's groundout. Nixon then scored on Doug Mirabelli's grounder, the ball glancing off Wasdin's right hand, knocking him out of the game. After an Alex Cora double off Ron Mahay, Kevin Youkilis, batting for Willie Harris, delivered his first career pinch-hit, scoring Cora, cutting the Rangers lead to 6-4.

With one out and DeRosa on first in the seventh, Seanez relieved Tavarez. Gerald Laird's single scored DeRosa, and an intentional walk to Botts put two runners on for Hairston, who's double put the Rangers up, 9-4.

The Sox added a run in their half of the seventh, with Loretta, after a ground-rule double to left, scoring on Lowell's double to center.

Texas came back with three in the eighth off Foulke as Young, Blalock, DeRosa and Kevin Mench singled, and Laird hit a sacrifice fly.

The Sox scratched out another run in the eighth as Youkilis walked and scored on Ortiz's single. But the Rangers got that back in the top of the ninth when Hairston, who doubled, scored on Teixeira's single, completing the scoring.

Foulke's performance -- two innings, seven hits, four runs, two strikeouts, one wild pitch -- left both manager and pitcher perplexed.

"I thought his fastball actually had pretty good crispness to it [Sunday]," Francona said. "He didn't throw a lot of changeups, his cutter got hit a few times ... I don't have a good answer. I want to go back and look at his outing a little bit because I was surprised he was giving up hits and runs because I thought his ball was crisp."

"I'm disappointed with the outcome," said Foulke, who said neither his ailing back nor his lack of work recently were reasons for his performance. "Any time you go out there and allow, I don't even know how many hits there were, but three, four, five runs, I'm very disappointed in the outcome. The job is to go out, put up zeros. But, you know what? I made a lot of good pitches [Sunday]. It just didn't work out."

It did work out for the Sox in the first game, however. After a two-run homer by Mench knocked Sox starter Josh Beckett out of the game, a dramatic ninth-inning, three-run, walk-off home run by Ortiz salvaged the victory, 5-4.

Maureen Mullen is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.