Red Sox Take Texas in Wild 19-17 Ending

BOSTON (AP) - David Ortiz hit a pair of 3-run homers in the 1st inning to help the Boston Red Sox take a 10-0 lead against the Texas Rangers, who fought back to take the lead before Kevin Youkilis drove a 3-run shot over Fenway Park's Green Monster in the 8th inning for a Red Sox 19-17 victory, Tuesday night.

The combined 36 runs tied in AL record set on June 29, 1950, when the Red Sox beat the Philadelphia Athletics 22-14.

Both teams combined for 37 hits.

Ortiz hit his 15th homer of the year after J.D. Drew walked to lead off and Dustin Pedroia followed with a single.

Ortiz, on his 2nd trip that inning, hit his 16th with two outs, after RBI singles by Drew and Pedroia. It's the 4th time in Red Sox history that a player has hit two homers in an inning. Nomar Garciaparra did it in 2002.

Ortiz came up with two on again in the 3rd inning with a chance for another 3-run blast, but he grounded out to second.

Ortiz was close to a third home run, driving a ball deep to centerfield in the bottom of the 5th. His drive appeared to go into the stands, but umpires ruled it a double instead.

Marlon Byrd of the Rangers and Pedroia had five hits each. Ortiz had 6 RBIs and Youkilis had 5. Ian Kinsler and Chris Davis had four RBIs apiece for Texas.

Rangers starter Scott Feldman gave up 12 runs (6 earned) on 10 hits and 3 walks in 2 2/3 innings. He became the first major league pitcher to allow 12 runs and not take the loss since Gene Packard of the St. Louis Cardinals got the win in a 16-12 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Aug. 3, 1918.

The Red Sox led 12-2 when Texas rallied for 8 runs in the 5th to bring them into the ballgame. Then trailing 14-10 after Youkilis' first homer, a 2-run shot, the Rangers took the lead in the 6th on Ian Kinsler's 3-run homer.

With the Rangers leading 16-15, Pedroia tied it with an RBI double in the bottom of the 8th before Youkilis put the game away with his game-winning homer off Frank Francisco (2-4).

Texas wasn't done after Youkilis' 22nd homer off Frank Francisco (2-4). Brandon Boggs doubled in a run in the 9th, but Jonathan Papelbon came in to record his 32nd save in 36 opportunities.

Hideki Okajima (3-2) got the win in a game that lasted two minutes shy of four hours.

Boston starter Charlie Zink, who stepped into the rotation for Tim Wakefield, who was placed on the disabled list, was returned to Class AAA-Pawtucket (Int'l.) after the game. Zink gave up 8 runs on 11 hits and a walk in 4 1/3 innings.

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