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Posted at 07:15 AM ET, 08/24/2011

Leading off: Red Sox, Rangers continue series in Texas

Game of the day: Boston at Texas, 7:05 p.m. The Red Sox broke through on Tuesday night with their first win in five games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington this season, and now they’ll try for another to put them in prime position to take the four-game set against the American League West leaders. Josh Beckett (10-5) takes the hill for Boston, hoping to improve on what has statistically been his worst month of the season. The right-hander beat the Royals last time out for his first win in August. Rangers starter Matt Harrison held Boston to one run in seven innings to win his first start of the season, but he’s struggled lately with just two quality starts in his last six outings.

Other game to watch: San Diego at San Francisco, 10:15 p.m. Tim Lincecum has allowed a run or less in seven of his past eight starts. Yet he’s only 5-3 in those games after a 1-0 loss to Atlanta on Thursday. That lack of run support highlights why the Giants continue to chase the Diamondbacks in the National League West. It might not take much, but they’ll have to get something off Padres starter Tim Stauffer (8-9) if they want to keep the heat on Arizona and earn Lincecum his 12th win of the season.

Games you should have seen

Oakland 6, New York Yankees 5: Closer Andrew Bailey did just enough to avoid a total collapse by the Athletics, retiring Nick Swisher on a fly ball to the Yankee Stadium wall in right-center field with the bases loaded to preserve the win. Oakland led 6-0 following the top of the eighth before Swisher’s three-run home run got New York on the board. They continued to chip away in the ninth against Bailey before recorded the dramatic final out to ensure a win for starter Brandon McCarthy.

Cincinnati 8, Florida 6: Dave Sappelt and Yonder Alonso each cracked two-run doubles in the ninth inning off Marlins closer Leo Nunez to complete the comeback win. Cincinnati start Johnny Cueto didn’t have his best stuff, walking six in five innings as the Reds fell behind. But the road team roared back in the ninth, posting four runs on three hits to force Nunez’s sixth blown save of the season.

Star of the night: Red Sox first baseman Adrian Gonzalez blasted a pair of home runs on Tuesday, finishing 3 for 4 with three RBI and three runs scored in an 11-5 win at Texas. Gonzalez, who had not homered since July 30, raised his season batting average to a league-best .346.

Stat you should know: 12 The number of consecutive starts by rookie Vance Worley won by the Phillies after Tuesday’s 9-4 home win against the Mets. The young right-hander improved to 9-1 this season, allowing one run in seven strong innings. Philadelphia has not dropped a game started by Worley since he allowed eight runs in three innings at New York on May 29.

Chatter: “I didn’t feel anything, but I’m from California.”Seattle outfielder Trayvon Robinson on the earthquake that shook Cleveland’s Progressive Field during the first game of a doubleheader on Tuesday afternoon. There was no damage to the stadium, and the game continued with the Indians winning 7-5 on a walk-off home run by Shin-Soo Choo.

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