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Rangers Vs. Red Sox Update: Jon Lester Chased After Two Innings

Ron Washington couldn't have asked for a better start from the Rangers tonight. After falling behind 2-0 after the first inning, thanks to a Dustin Pedroia two-run home run, the Rangers have scored seven unanswered runs, chasing Red Sox ace Jon Lester from the game after just 2+ innings of work.

Texas scored four times in the second inning. Mike Napoli hit a towering two-run home run over the green monster, tying the game up at two. After a walk to Yorvit Torrealba, Lester gave up a single to Craig Gentry. Ian Kinsler then drew a walk, loading the bases. Elvis Andrus would reach on an infield single, giving Texas a 3-2 lead before Josh Hamilton hit into a rare fielders choice to left field, which involved Cody Ross dropping a fly ball, but recovering to force Kinsler at third.

Lester wouldn't make it through the third. Nelson Cruz started the inning with a single before Lester walked Mike Napoli and Yorvit Torrealba. Bobby Valentine finally decided to end Lester's miserable night, bringing in Scott Atchison. All three runs would come around to score.

After a shaky first inning, Colby Lewis has settled down nicely. Through three innings, Lewis has allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out four and walking none. He's thrown 60 pitches through the first three frames.

Needless to say, things bode well for the Rangers tonight -- and tomorrow as well, after digging into Boston's bullpen so early.

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.