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American League Game Summary - Boston at Texas

(Thursday, April 24th)

Final Score: Texas 16, Boston 5

Arlington, TX (Sports Network) - Rafael Palmeiro and Juan Gonzalez each slammed three-run homers to lead Texas over Boston, 16-5, in the rubber match of a three-game set at the Ballpark in Arlington.

Palmeiro, Gonzalez and Michael Young each collected three hits for the Rangers, who won their second straight game after dropping the opener, 5-4.

R.A. Dickey (1-1) pitched three innings, allowing one run, after replacing starter Ryan Drese to earn the victory.

Shea Hillenbrand scored a run on two hits for the Red Sox, who fell for just the third time in their last 11 games. Manny Ramirez also went 2-for-3 and drove in a run in the losing effort.

The Rangers trailed 4-3, but posted a seven-run third inning and they never looked back. Alex Rodriguez smacked a lead-off single, Palmeiro singled and Gonzalez walked to load the bases. With no outs, Carl Everett tripled to drive in three runners and he scored one batter later courtesy of a Ryan Christenson sacrifice fly which put Texas ahead, 7-4.

Young kept the rally going with a triple to left-center and he soon scored on an errant throw by Jason Varitek. With two outs, Kevin Mench reached on an infield single and came around on a Hank Blalock two-base hit to right. Blalock tallied the final run of the frame on a Rodriguez single up the middle.

Derek Lowe (3-2) suffered the defeat after getting tagged for seven runs on six hits and three walks in only two-plus innings.

In the fourth, the Red Sox trimmed the deficit to 10-5 on an RBI single by Ramirez that plated Johnny Damon, who got aboard with a base hit and moved to second on a Todd Walker groundout.

The Rangers completed the scoring with a six-run fifth. Blalock and Rodriguez got aboard with back-to-back one-out walks and both scored on Palmeiro's sixth homer of the season, a three-run shot to center. Gonzalez kept things going with a base hit and came around one batter later on a double by Everett. Everett had moved to third on a single by Young before scoring on an error by Walker. Mench then drove Young home with a single up the middle.

The 16 total runs were a season-high for the Rangers, as well as the 19 hits.

The Red Sox opened the scoring in the top of the first inning. Walker got things going with a one-out walk and crossed the plate two batters later when Everett couldn't catch a ball hit by Ramirez.

But in the bottom of the frame, the Rangers grabbed a 3-2 lead on a three-run homer by Gonzalez. His sixth homer of the season to left-center also drove home Blalock, who doubled, and Palmeiro.

In the second, the Red Sox knotted the game at 3-3 with two runs on four hits. Hillenbrand led off with a single and moved to third when Trot Nixon followed with a double. One out later, Hillenbrand scored on a Varitek base hit and Nixon raced home via a single up the middle by Walker.

David Ortiz, who lead off with a walk, put Boston ahead 4-3 in the top of third when he crossed the plate on a Bill Mueller sacrifice fly.

Game Notes

Before the game, the Rangers announced on Thursday that pitcher Ismael Valdes will miss his scheduled start on Saturday against the Yankees because of tightness in his right shoulder, and he could be headed for the disabled list...Palmeiro now has 496 career homers...Texas outhit Boston 19-9. Boston committed two errors while the Rangers were guilty of one...Drese threw two- plus innings and permitted four runs -- three earned -- on five hits. He also walked three and struck out four.

04/24 20:42:08 ET

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