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"He needed to go out and load up the strike zone with pitches, and he did," Washington said. "The eighth inning, 113 pitches, we felt that was far enough. He didn't need to stand out there and throw 120 pitches."
Young's homer came on the first pitch thrown by reliever Manny Delcarmen after the Rangers had gone ahead using small ball.
Texas led for good in the second against Daisuke Matsuzaka (8-4) when Jorge Cantu singled, advanced on a walk and sacrifice bunt before scoring on Andres Blanco's sacrifice fly.
Rookie Mitch Moreland led off the seventh with a single before Taylor Teagarden had his second sac bunt of the game. After a groundout, Moreland scored on Julio Borbon's two-out bunt single. Elvis Andrus' single chased Dice-K, leaving two on for Young.
"That was the type of game we were in at that point, where we had to just try to get runners in scoring position because both C.J. and Matsuzaka locked up and they were in a pretty good pitcher's duel," Washington said. "We had to take opportunities when they were out there.'
Matsuzaka struck out eight and walked two in 6 2-3 innings, losing for the first time in eight starts since June 30.
"His stuff was good and he felt confident," manager Terry Francona said. "The problem wasn't Dice, it was how the other guy pitched."
Dice-K did get his 500th career strikeout in his 91st career game, that coming when Blanco struck out swinging to start the fifth.
The only Red Sox pitcher since 1920 to reach 500 strikeouts in less time was Roger Clemens, who got his 500th in his 79th game. Only two AL pitchers since 1995 have reached that plateau quicker than Matsuzaka, Scott Kazmir in his 84th game and Felix Hernandez in his 87th game.
After Pedro Strop took over for Wilson, Scutaro had an RBI double to left and Darnell McDonald homered just over the right-field wall to make it 5-3. Strop got out of the jam when Victor Martinez took a called third strike, his third strikeout of the game.
Neftali Feliz worked the ninth even though it wasn't a save situation after Texas added two runs in the eighth - on RBI singles by Blanco and Borbon.
The 22-year-old All-Star rookie closer hasn't had a save since July 31 and is still one shy of becoming the youngest pitcher ever with a 30-save season.
Young's 19th homer, a 419-foot shot to left-center, landed close to where new owner Chuck Greenberg was mingling with fans.
"Manny left a change-up up," Francona said, "and it went a long way."
This program aired on August 16, 2010. The audio for this program is not available.
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