Sox snap out of funk, beat Rangers, 11-5

Sox snap out of funk, beat Rangers, 11-5
August 24, 2011, 3:24 am
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By Sean McAdam
CSNNE.com Red Sox Insider Follow @sean_mcadam

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Scoring twice in each of the first three innings, the Red Sox raced to a 6-0 lead, then added on later in the game to bash the Texas Rangers, 11-5, for their first win against the Rangers this season.

The Rangers had won the first four meetings of the season between the two and 10 of the last 12.

Adrian Gonzalez, who had homered once since July 7, belted two homers in the span of three at-bats, the first snapping a homerless streak that had reached 84 at-bats.

The Sox also got sacrifice flies from Marco Scutaro and Carl Crawford and run-scoring doubles from both Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Ryan Lavarnway.

Marco Scutaro and Dustin Pedroia each added two-run doubles in the eighth to provide some breathing room.

The 10-run outburst equaled the number of runs the Red Sox had scored in their previous three games combined and marked the first since Aug. 6 that the Sox had reached double figures in runs scored.

John Lackey, staked to the early lead, had a hideous third inning in which he gave half the six-run lead back to the Rangers, but took the Sox into the seventh inning before giving way to the bullpen.

Lackey improved to 12-9 on the season as he recorded his seventh win in his last eight decisions. Lackey has lost just once since July 4.

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