Rangers 8, Red Sox 6

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BOSTON (AP)—Even Hollywood couldn’t prolong Boston’s winning streak.

The Red Sox lost for the first time in 11 games, falling to the Texas Rangers 8-6 Saturday and missing a chance to pull within 1 1/2 games of the New York Yankees in the AL East.

With actors Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon seated near the Red Sox on-deck circle as a crew filmed scenes for a movie about opening day at Fenway, the streak ended with a little-known right-hander stopping the hottest team in the majors for his first big league win.

On hand to film “Fever Pitch,” the two stars changed costumes a handful of times during the game. They jumped up and joined the cheering fans along the first-base line as the Red Sox rallied in the seventh, then again after the Yankees’ final score was posted on the left-field scoreboard.

Chris Young, a 25-year-old righty making just his third big league start, held the Red Sox to one run and two hits in 5 2-3 innings. Young (1-1) relied mostly on fastballs with an occasional curve and changeup thrown in.

“We scored some runs and Chris was outstanding,” Texas manager Buck Showalter said.

The Red Sox, who had won 10 straight and 16 of 17 to climb from 10 1/2 games back in the AL East, remained 2 1/2 games behind the division-leading Yankees. New York lost to Baltimore, 7-0, and had the Red Sox won, they could have pulled within 1 1/2 games for the first time since June 2, when they began the day one game back.

It was Boston’s longest winning streak since capturing 12 straight Aug. 3-14, 1995, the year the Red Sox last won the AL East title. Since then, New York has won seven of eight division crowns.

Boston had picked up eight games on the Yankees in 19 days.

“I couldn’t let that stuff affect me,” Young said of Boston’s run. “If you get wrapped up in that stuff, you’re done before you start.”

Michael Young hit a three-run homer and Rod Barajas went 3-for-4 with a two-run shot for Texas, which snapped a five-game losing streak and pulled within six games of the Red Sox in the AL wild-card race.

Mark Bellhorn hit his second career grand slam and David Ortiz added a solo shot for Boston, which rallied from an 8-1 deficit with a five-run seventh.

“Right now we’ve got a lot of confidence,” Kevin Millar said. “We were down 8-1 in the seventh inning and then all of a sudden we made a game of it.”

After Dave Roberts singled with one out in the ninth, Bellhorn came to the plate representing the tying run and grounded into a double play to end the game—and Boston’s winning streak.

Jeff Nelson walked three in the seventh to set up Bellhorn’s grand slam off Ron Mahay. After Ortiz’s 34th homer, Doug Brocail came on and retired the only four batters he faced.

Francisco Cordero worked the ninth for his 42nd save in 45 opportunities.

The Rangers broke a 25-inning scoreless string with a three-run second. Kevin Mench had an RBI single, Laynce Nix a run-scoring grounder and Barajas added an RBI single, making it 3-0.

Boston cut it to 3-1 in the bottom of the inning when Millar led off with a double, advanced on Orlando Cabrera’s ground out and scored on Bill Mueller’s bouncer to second.

Tim Wakefield (11-8) took the loss, giving up eight runs and eight hits in six-plus innings.

“I left with eight runs on the board,” Wakefield said. “I am not happy about it.”

Barajas’ two-run homer over the Green Monster in the fourth made it 5-1. It was the Rangers’ first homer in five games, ending their longest homerless stretch since May 2002.

Michael Young’s homer chased Wakefield and made it 8-1 in the seventh. A huge cheer went up in the bottom of the inning when the left-field scoreboard showed Baltimore leading New York 7-0.


Ortiz was back in the lineup after missing the previous two games with a sore right shoulder, which he injured sliding into home last Sunday. … Red Sox CF Johnny Damon was out for the second straight game with a sore right pinkie, which he hurt diving into first on a pickoff throw Thursday. … Texas OF David Dellucci didn’t play after leaving Friday’s game with lightheadedness. … Author and longtime Red Sox fan Stephen King threw out the first pitch.

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