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Friday, August 15, 2008

The Pedey and Papi Show

August 14. Boston. MA. The Red Sox will quickly learn if they are in a hitting groove or if all the runs they racked up against the Rangers was thanks to Texas' pitiful pitching. David Ortiz hit a three-run homer to highlight a nine-run second, and the Red Sox used their second big inning in three games against the Rangers to help Daisuke Matsuzaka win 10-0 on Thursday night for a three-game sweep.

"I don't know," Boston's Dustin Pedroia said of what led to the three-game outburst. "We'll find out the next couple of games." The Red Sox go from facing the team with the worst ERA to playing the team with the best, Toronto, which had a league-high 3.64 ERA entering Thursday.

Matsuzaka allowed six hits in seven innings for the Red Sox, who scored 37 runs in the series and won their fourth straight to remain three games behind AL East-leading Tampa Bay. The Rays beat Oakland 7-6 in 12 innings. Boston scored its most runs in a three-game set since getting 45 against the Florida Marlins from June 27-29, 2003.

Boston topped its nine-run inning with a 10-run frame in the first inning Tuesday -- a 19-17 victory. Ortiz had a pair of three-run homers in that inning and has driven in 20 runs against the Rangers in seven games this season.

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