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Rangers shut down punchless Red Sox again

Boston Red Sox starting pitcher John Lackey (41) grimaces after the end of the fourth inning of the baseball game against the Texas Rangers Saturday, May 4, 2013, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Sox starter John Lackey grimaced at the end of the fourth inning after he gave up two runs to the Rangers. (AP)Credit: AP

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ARLINGTON, Texas — The Red Sox were trailing the Texas Rangers by two runs in the seventh inning on Saturday night. But they had runners at second and third and Dustin Pedroia at the plate.

Pedroia grounded a ball into the hole at first base. First baseman Mitch Moreland ranged over to make the play and fed pitcher Tanner Scheppers for the final out of the inning.

The Sox went on to lose, 5-1, before a sellout crowd of 47,173 at Rangers Ballpark. They have scored one run on 13 hits in the last two games.

For the first time all season, the team with the best record in baseball is wobbling.

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