The Texas Rangers came out swinging early and often at Fenway on Thursday night, and it was an early shower for Tim Wakefield.
Wake's always had trouble from the boys from Texas, as he has a 10-16 lifetime mark against them. He got the first out on a strikeout, and it appeared Michael Young had swung and missed for strike three, and ran down to first when Kevin Cash didn't catch it. But the home plate ump, Bruce Dreckman, ruled incorrectly that Young had fouled the ball off. replats showed Young missed it by about 6 inches, and why would he run to first if he thought he fouled it off?
Young singled on his second chance, and the roof fell in after that. 5 more consecutive hits, capped by Bengie Molina's two-run homer, and it was 6-0.
Wake was gone in the third, after another run was in and two were on. But that's all Texas would get. If there was any good news, it was that the bullpen over the final seven innings, shut the potent Texas attack down.
J.D. Drew and Bill Hall hit solo home runs, and that was all on the night, as Texas coasted into a 7-2 win. Tommy Hunter went six innings for his 6th win against no losses.
Some good news on the injury front, from Pete Abe in the Globe.