ARLINGTON (AP) — J.D. Drew and Mike Lowell hit RBI singles in the eighth inning as the Boston Red Sox held on to complete a three-game sweep over the Texas Rangers with a 6-5 win Sunday.
Kevin Youkilis singled off Akinori Otsuka (1-1) to lead off the eighth. After Youkilis stole second base on Manny Ramirez’s strikeout, Drew lined a single to right to tie it at 4.
Lowell then drove a single to left field that scored Drew and put the Red Sox ahead 5-4. Dustin Pedroia added his second homer of the year in the ninth.
Jason Varitek also homered for Boston, which has the best record in baseball. The Red Sox hold an 11 1/2-game lead over second-place Baltimore, 12 games over Toronto and 12 1/2 over the New York Yankees.
Texas — which has the worst record in the American League — has lost five games in a row and 10 of its last 13.
Joel Pineiro (1-0) got out of a jam in the seventh to pick up the win. With two men on, he struck out Sammy Sosa and got some defensive help when center fielder Coco Crisp made a diving catch of Frank Catalanotto’s liner.
Hideki Okajima allowed an RBI single to Mark Teixeira in the ninth before finishing for his third save in as many chances.
Sosa went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts in his pursuit to become the fifth player to hit 600 home runs. He has 598.
Teixeira hit a 453-foot three-run homer and Ian Kinsler added an RBI single in a four-run sixth that put Texas up 4-3. Teixeira’s homer was the fourth-longest hit at Rangers Ballpark at Arlington.