Boston Red Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 8-4

ARLINGTON, Texas - Covered in dirt, Clay Buchholz walked back into the dugout, his awkward, facefirst belly flop into home plate having yielded nothing more than an out.

The slow-footed Jason Varitek had just beaten out an infield single and advanced to second, and Red Sox manager Terry Francona pulled him for the whip-quick Buchholz.

Trailing, 4-3, with one out in the ninth inning, Dustin Pedroia sent a deep fly to left. The ball and the Rangers’ David Murphy hit the s...