Boston Red Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 7-2

ARLINGTON, Texas - There was little outward jubilation after yesterday's game, just the rush to pack bags and get on a plane back to Boston.

But there was a sense, with the win over the Rangers and the loss by the Rays, that the Red Sox were ready. Ready to return to Fenway Park to start knocking additional games off their deficit to Tampa Bay. Ready to meet a team that hasn't exactly been playing its best baseball of late.

There had been that jubilation the day before,...

ARLINGTON, Texas—David Ortiz hit his first home run in 20 games, Paul Byrd pitched 6 2-3 scoreless innings to win his fourth straight decision and the Boston Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 7-2 Sunday to move within 1 1/2 games of the AL East lead.

The Red Sox (84-58) are the closest they've been to division-leading Tampa Bay since July 28. Six of their next nine games are against the skidding Rays, starting Monday night at Fenway Park.

Byrd (11-11) is 4-1 in five sta...