Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 8/6/12

BOSTON -- The Red Sox gave Yu Darvish an inhospitable welcome in his first appearance at Fenway Park, as the Boston beat the Texas Rangers 9-2 Monday night.

Dustin Pedroia had three of Boston's eight doubles, with Carl Crawford and Jacoby Ellsbury adding two apiece. Crawford knocked in three runs.

Darvish took the loss, falling to 11-8 with a 4.57 ERA. He went 6 2/3 innings, giving up six runs on 11 hits and four walks with nine strikeouts and a wild pitch.

Aaron Cook earned the win for Boston, improving to 3-5 with a 4.70 ERA. He went seven innings, giving up one run on six hits and three walks with two strikeouts.

The Rangers scored first, getting a run in the second inning. Nelson Cruz led off with a double, and he scored on David Murphy's single to center. That was all Texas could do against Cook.

The Red Sox came back with two in the third and three in fourth.

In the third, Ellsbury led off with a double to left, and he came home on Crawford's double to right. Adrian Gonzalez's one-out double to right scored Crawford.

With one out in the fourth, Ryan Kalish walked, went to second on Mike Aviles' single to center and scored on Ellsbury's double. Crawford's sacrifice fly scored Aviles, and Pedroia's double to left scored Ellsbury.

The Sox added a run in the seventh. Pedroia led off with a double, and Gonzalez hit an RBI single.

With reliever Michael Kirkman on in the eighth, Ellsbury hit a one-out infield single ahead of Crawford's RBI double off the wall.

After a walk to Pedroia, Gonzalez's single to right scored Crawford, with Pedroia going to third. Tanner Scheppers replaced Kirkman, and he gave up a sacrifice fly to Cody Ross, scoring Pedro Ciriaco, who pinch-ran for Pedroia.

Adrian Beltre completed the Rangers' scoring, leading off the ninth with home run off Junichi Tazawa, who relieved Cook.

The top four batters in the Boston lineup -- Ellsbury, Crawford, Pedroia, and Gonzalez -- went 11-for-18 with eight RBI and six runs.

NOTES: Before the game, Red Sox principal owner John Henry and general manager Ben Cherington responded to increasing speculation that manager Bobby Valentine would be fired. "To blame Bobby Valentine for the Red Sox being .500 at this point in the season is simply wrong," Henry wrote in an email to several beat writers. Cherington said: "Bobby's our manager and we're not considering anyone else." ... Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz was expected to receive an injection of a painkiller in his strained right Achilles tendon that has kept him on the disabled list since July 17. ... Boston right-hander Scott Atchison was examined in Florida on Monday morning by Dr. James Andrews, getting a second opinion on the tear in his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow. Atchison will take a couple of days to evaluate the opinions before making a decision on possible Tommy John surgery. ... Red Sox right-hander Josh Beckett, who skipped his scheduled start Sunday after leaving his previous start with a back spasm, is still scheduled to start the homestand finale, Wednesday against the Rangers. He threw on flat ground Monday, but he is not expected to have a bullpen session before his start. ... The Rangers plan to keep Roy Oswalt in their bullpen, even though the right-hander has made it clear he wants to be a starter. ... The Rangers are still trying to work out a way to trade catcher Yorvit Torrealba, who was designated for assignment last week after the team acquired Geovanny Soto. Texas has until Friday to work out a deal for Torrealba. ... Ranger minor league outfielder Engel Beltre was selected the Texas League Player of the Month for July. ... Texas infielder Mike Olt did some early work with manager Ron Washington, a day after committing a throwing error that allowed the Royals to score the winning run in the 10th inning.

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