Sox' turn for offensive explosion, 12-7

Sox' turn for offensive explosion, 12-7
September 4, 2011, 12:16 am
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By Maureen Mullen
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BOSTON After the Rangers delivered a shellacking Friday night at Fenway Park, the Red Sox returned the favor Saturday afternoon, beating Texas, 12-7.

Eric Bedard, who struggled early (62 pitches in three innings, trailing by three runs) was the beneficiary of the Sox' offensive uprising in the eight-run fourth. Bedard earned the win, his first with the Sox and first since June 15 with Seattle, going six innings, giving up three runs on five hits and four walks with six strikeouts. He threw 101 pitches, 59 for strikes. His record improves to 5-9 (1-2 with the Sox) with a 3.50 ERA.

The Sox scored four runs in the fourth inning, two short of their season-high for an inning, sending 13 batters to the plate, one short of their season high. Carl Crawford delivered the big blast in the inning with his first grand slam in a Sox uniform, while Jarrod Saltalamacchia had a two-run shot in the inning. Josh Reddick went 4-for-4 scoring three runs, setting career-highs in hits and runs scored.

Colby Lewis took the loss, going 3 13 innings, giving up four runs on seven this and three walks with three strikeouts. He threw 89 pitches. His record falls to 11-10 with a 4.32 ERA.

Every member of the Sox starting lineup had at least one hit except Kevin Youkilis.

The game ended when Franklin Morales picked Josh Hamilton off first base with Michael Young at the plate.

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