BOSTON -- The Red Sox gave Yu Darvish an inhospitable welcome in his first appearance at Fenway Park, as 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. He allowed seven doubles, the first Texas starter to do so in franchise history. He also threw a season-high 123 pitches.
Darvish allowed at least six runs for the third straight start, and he has a 7.76 ERA in his last five starts.
"I think overall, my pitches have been pretty good," Darvish said. "But unfortunately, I'm giving up base hits on hits that weren't hit too hard, maybe giving up extra base hits in a part of the game when I shouldn't. I think it's just a combination of a lot of different things that's not going my way right now."
The top four batters in the Boston lineup - Ellsbury, Crawford, Pedroia and Adrian Gonzalez -- went 11-for-18 with eight doubles, eight RBIs and six runs. It is the first time in team history the first three batters in the starting lineup each hit at least two doubles in the same game.
"They popped the ball around the ballpark pretty good," said Texas manager Ron Washington. "Nothing you can do about it. Yu threw a lot of strikes and when he put them in the strike zone, they didn't miss them."
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.
"He gave us seven innings, and less hits than innings pitched," Boston manager Bobby Valentine said. "Got a couple of strikeouts. Had those balls directed properly and the defense played great behind him."
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.
"Well, I think any time I have my sinker working and guys are playing great defense behind me, that's a recipe for success," said Cook. "I was just really focused on staying at the bottom of the zone as much as possible tonight, even when getting guys on. Pound the ball in the zone and let the guys play defense behind me. That's pretty much my approach every time I take the mound."
The Red Sox came back with two runs 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. 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 for Texas, 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.
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 received an injection Monday 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 on 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 Washington, a day after committing a throwing error that allowed the Royals to score the winning run in the 10th inning...Pedroia's three doubles match a career high...In his last 10 games, Crawford is batting .350 (14-for-40) with eight extra-base hits and 12 runs scored...The Rangers gave up eight doubles, the most they've allowed since Aug. 4,2002, also to the Red sox...Michael Young extended his hitting streak to seven games...David Murphy went 1-for-4 with an RBI and his hitting .343 (34-for-99) with eight doubles, two triples, three home runs and 16 RBI in 34 games against his former team.
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