As 11:05 am drew closer, the Red Sox prepared to hopefully sweep the Texas Rangers. With big batters, Manny and Sean Casey out of the lineup and captain Jason Varitek out with the flu, the win seemed to be moving further away. However, Clay Buchholz pulled off his first win of the season with a 8-3 final score. Buchholz allowed 5 hits, 2 walks and 6 strikeouts.
While Ellsbury, Pedroia, Lugo and Cash helped pull off the win, it was Big Papi himself that proved he was out of his slump by contributing 2 doubles and 3 RBIs. By the fifth inning Boston was leading by 8 and the 2 runs scored in the seventh and 1 run scored in the ninth by Texas came too late.
Boston has won nine of their last ten games, earning them first place in the American League. This is a trend we hope can stay put as the Red Sox face the Angels for the first time since sweeping them in the ALDS, Tuesday night at Fenway Park.