BOSTON -- Carl Crawford’s grand slam highlighted an eight-run fourth inning for the Red Sox, who wore down Colby Lewis and wiped out Yoshinori Tateyama en route to a 12-7 victory Saturday at Fenway Park.
Boston added three runs in the sixth against Mark Hamburger, but the Rangers’ biggest concern should be Lewis. The right-hander has allowed 16 earned runs in his past three starts covering 15 1/3 innings.
Eleven of those have come against the Red Sox, who missed a bases-loaded chance in the first and wasted a one-out double by Josh Reddick in the second but got to Lewis in the third and fourth.
The Rangers scored the game’s first three runs against Erik Bedard, who didn’t have an easy inning until after he had been handed a six-run lead.
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David Murphy drove in the first run, in the second inning, with a two-out single to score Adrian Beltre. Michael Young and Beltre brought in two more in the third with a single and a groundout.
Boston finally punched through in the third with a Jed Lowrie RBI single with two outs, but the Rangers had Bedard in trouble again in the fourth.
Craig Gentry, though, popped up a squeeze bunt that turned into an inning-ending double play with Yorvit Torrealba coming hard from third. Instead of leading 4-1, the Rangers were about to get run over.
Reddick singled to start the Red Sox’s fourth, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia followed with a two-run shot to tie the game. After Jacoby Ellsbury lined out to left field, Dustin Pedroia hit a sharp single to left on Lewis’ 89th and final pitch.
In came Tateyama, and out went the Rangers’ chances. Adrian Gonzalez walked, but Tateyama retired Kevin Youkilis for the second out. David Ortiz, though, walked to load the bases, and pinch-hitter Mike Aviles lined an RBI single to right.
Crawford followed and put the game out of reach with his 11th homer of the season. It was the seventh allowed by the right-handed Tateyama, all to left-handed hitters.
Beltre’s RBI single in the eighth was part of a late three-run rally by the Rangers. The hit was No. 1,999 of his career.
Pinch-hitter Esteban German started the ninth with a homer, his first since 2007.
-- Jeff Wilson