Recap - Papi's blast lifts Sox

Jim Monaghan
Contributing Writer

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David Ortiz, as he has so many times in his Red Sox career, changed the course of the game with one swing of his bat, lifting Boston to a 4-2 win over the Texas Rangers in the rubber game of their series at Fenway Park.

Trailing 2-1 heading into the bottom of the 8th inning, Jackie Bradley Jr. walked and A.J. Pierzynski (pinch hitting for Jonny Gomes) singled him to second. A Dustin Pedroia ground out put Boston runners at the corner, and then it was just a matter of Ortiz doing his thing, as he slammed a 1-1 pitch from Texas reliever Neal Cotts around the Pesky Pole.

Koji Uehara pitched a clean 9th inning for his 2nd save of the year. Jake Peavy started for Boston going 6.1 innings. He was charged with 1 run on 3 hits and 4 walks while striking out 8.

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