Marshall: 'Pierce makes a difference'

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Marshall: 'Pierce makes a difference'

Donny Marshall thought that Paul Pierce made an impact in his return to both ends of the Celtics' game.

"I really believe that Paul Pierce makes a difference on this team, even if he's really not at a hundred percent," said Marshall. "Doc can go to him offensively; I'm not ready to say Paul Pierce is the defensive stopper of this team, but they definitely are more on a string when he's back on both ends of the floor."

Pierce had 9 points and 6 rebounds in 28 minutes, but as Marshall said, the team is better when he is on the court.

Michael Felger felt that Kevin Garnett was more important in Sunday's game.

"KG's best game of the season so far was this one. He, to me, was the one who stood out the most in those first three games," said Felger, adding that his presence had diminished greatly. "Offensively, he was back tonight."

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

Red Sox score 7 in 7th to beat Rangers 9-4

BOSTON (AP)  Dustin Pedroia waved home the tiebreaking run on a wild pitch, then singled in two more during Boston's seven-run seventh inning on Wednesday night and the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 9-4 for their third straight victory.

Chris Sale (5-2) struck out six, falling short in his attempt to become the first pitcher in baseball's modern era to strike out at least 10 batters in nine straight games in one season. He allowed three earned runs, six hits and a walk in 7 1/3 innings and received more runs of support in the seventh inning alone than in any previous game this season.

Sam Dyson (1-5) faced seven batters in relief of Martin Perez and gave up four hits, three walks - two intentional - and a wild pitch without retiring a batter. Mike Napoli homered for Texas, which has lost three of four to follow a 10-game winning streak.