Red Sox pound Rangers

Carl Crawford went 2-for-3 with a two-run 2, in the third game set.

Jacoby Ellsbury finished 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBI and scored three times for the Red Sox, winners in five of their last seven.

Adrian Gonzalez added a two-run blast and Dustin Pedroia posted two hits and drove in two runs as Boston opened up a one-game lead over the Yankees in the AL East. New York lost at home, 6-4 in 10 innings, to Oakland earlier Wednesday.

Josh Beckett (11-5) tossed six solid innings, scattering four hits and a run while fanning four.

Mike Napoli recorded two hits, including a solo shot, and knocked in both runs for the Rangers, losers in five of seven.

Matt Harrison (10-9) was torched in defeat for 11 hits and seven runs over five full frames.