The Red Sox [team stats] were more than happy to welcome back two things to the lineup last night:

a) Jacoby Ellsbury.

b) The power of Adrian Gonzalez.

And considering they were facing their new nemesis, the AL West-leading Texas Rangers, the return of both was a sight for the Red Sox' sore eyes, not to mention an immediate boost to the offense, in an 11-5 victory.

It was 103 degrees at gametime, still 97 in the ninth inning, but it would've felt even steamier if the Sox had lost again to the Rangers. But with Ellsbury back in his customary leadoff spot and Gonzalez bashing two homers, the visitors posted a double-digit run total for the first time since Aug. 6 against the New York Yankees and for only the third time since July 28.