Boston Red Sox defeat Texas Rangers, 7-6

BOSTON (AP) Darnell McDonald spent the day in Boston, hanging out just in case he was needed.

A few hours later, he saved the Red Sox from another embarrassing loss.

McDonald, called up from the minors earlier in the day, hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the eighth inning to tie the game and won it with an RBI single in the ninth to lift the struggling Red Sox to a 7-6 comeback win over the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night.

"I don't care how we did it. We desperately n...

That the Red Sox came back to beat the Texas Rangers, 7-6, last night did not do much to blunt the embarrassment of allowing nine stolen bases, the most in the major leagues in eight years.

All nine came in the first five innings when Tim Wakefield was pitching. Vladimir Guerrero, who stole two bases all of last season, swiped second and third in the third inning.

“Pretty concerned,’’ manager Terry Francona said. “That’s a hard way to win, we understand that. We’re v...

There was the distinct possibility that as Darnell McDonald stepped to the plate in the eighth inning, very few of the 37,614 at Fenway Park could identify the Red Sox outfielder. There was the possibility, too, that just as few knew he had been added to the roster only hours before, taking the place of fan favorite Jacoby Ellsbury. Didn’t matter.

McDonald, who began the day not on the team’s 40-man roster and the game on the bench, did what the Red Sox have failed to d...