BOSTON (AP) -With his shaved head and hustling style,
will never be mistaken for
But there is one similarity, at least lately - the power Youkilis has brought to the cleanup spot held by Ramirez until he
was traded July 31.
Youkilis doubled in each of his first three at-bats Wednesday night, leading another hitting outburst that gave the
Boston Red Sox
an 8-4 win over the
''You can't worry about where you hit,'' Youkilis said. ''When you go up there it's not like they put a number on you saying
you're hitting fourth today.''
He delivered a day after his three-run homer gave the
a 19-17 victory, a win that came after they blew a 10-run cushion. Youkilis homered twice in that wild win.
Youkilis ''has had a phenomenal offensive year,'' Boston's
said. ''We've known about him as a hitter, but now he's added some power.''
In seven games batting fourth since Ramirez left, Youkilis is 10-for-25 with two home runs, five doubles and eight RBIs. His
22 homers are six more than the career high he set last year, his 83 RBIs match his best total and he's only two points behind
AL batting leader
''He comes to play hard. He come up with big hits,'' first baseman
said. ''The energy he brings, you can't measure it.''
Youkilis became more valuable after
went on the disabled list Wednesday with a strained left oblique muscle. Lowell had 14 homers and 67 RBIs after leading the
team with 120 RBIs last year.
''You're never going to replace any guy on this team. You just try to manage when they're gone,'' Youkilis said.
Texas trailed 8-0 in the eighth inning, but
's three-run homer made it 8-4. The Rangers then put their first two batters on base in the ninth before
- leading the majors in hits - grounded into a double play and Texas fell short of another big comeback.
''Last night we were able to make it up, but tonight you can't keep expecting to try to make that up,'' Texas manager
(11-4) held the top-hitting team in baseball to seven hits in 7 1-3 innings. He left shortly after Kinsler's solo homer, and
got a mini-scare later in the eighth when
allowed Bradley's 20th home run.
''We made it a little more interesting than we needed to,'' Boston manager
got the final two outs of the inning and
worked the ninth.
A day after the
and Rangers matched the highest-scoring game in AL history, Boston broke away early against the team with the worst ERA in
scored twice in the second inning, four in the third and two more in the fifth off
''I'm frustrated,'' Mendoza said. ''I don't know what to say. Disappointed.''
hit consecutive two-run doubles in the fourth and
doubled in two more in the fifth.
Lester pitched at least seven innings for his seventh straight outing. He was 7-0 in a span of 10 starts before losing last
Friday 4-0 to the
Lester never had more than one runner on base in any of the first seven innings before running into trouble in the eighth.
''When they did get a hit,'' Lester said, ''I was able to get a ground ball.''
Youkilis started the second with his first double, moved up on Bay's single and scored on catcher Jarrod Saltalmacchia's throwing
In the fourth, Mendoza intentionally walked
, loading the bases, and Youkilis lined his second double. And in the fifth, Youkilis doubled, sending Ortiz to third, and
both scored on Lowrie's double.
In Mendoza's only other game against Boston, he gave up seven runs in three innings in an 11-3 loss April 18 at Fenway Park.
Notes: Texas CF
left the game after striking out in the sixth to go home to his wife, who gave birth to their third child Wednesday. He missed
the last plane home and planned to leave Thursday morning. ...
is the first player in
history with five runs and five hits in the same game, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He accomplished the feat Tuesday
night. ... The
recalled first baseman-outfielder
from Triple-A Pawtucket after the game and returned RHP
, who had been called up before the game.