looks like he'll fit right in during another pennant race in Boston.
The transplant from Cleveland had his biggest hit since being traded to the
, a go-ahead double with two outs in a six-run ninth inning that gave Boston an 8-4 victory over the
on Friday night.
The win extended Boston's lead over Texas in the wild card to 1 1/2 games.
Boston needed Martinez's hit because pinch-runner
was thrown out at home as the tying run after a double by
Buchholz, a starting pitcher, hesitated between second and third base when Texas left fielder
leaped to try to catch Pedroia's drive at the wall. Murphy quickly retrieved the ball and threw to
, whose relay beat a sliding Buchholz. The
ended up with runners at second and third, and Martinez followed with the go-ahead hit.
''I saw three pitches and finally got a fastball right down the middle and I got a good swing at it,'' Martinez said. ''My
teammates have made it easy for me to fit in.''
Boston finished off Texas closer
's RBI single and a two-run home run by J.D. Drew. Francisco (2-2), who blew his third save in 19 chances, gave up seven hits
and six runs. It was the first time he's allowed more than four hits or four runs in 203 major league appearances.
''I don't want anyone at my locker so beat it,'' Francisco said.
The Rangers had won 72 straight games at home when leading after eight innings. The last time they blew such a lead was September
''It doesn't really affect us,'' said Young, who had a two-run homer and three RBIs. ''We have so much confidence in the back
end of our bullpen. It's a fluke when this happens.''
(3-3) got the win after pitching a scoreless eighth.
pitched a scoreless ninth, an anticlimactic non-save situation after the drama the preceded it.
''When you think you've seen everything, you probably haven't come close,''
said. ''That was probably one of the more exciting innings I've been a part of.''
, dropped to seventh in the batting order for the first time since May 24, 2003, ruined
's chance for a third victory against Boston this season by wiping out a 2-0 deficit in the sixth inning with a homer off
, a left-hander brought in to face him.
Millwood was replaced because wildness had caused him to burn through 110 pitches in 5 2-3 innings. He allowed three singles
but walked five and hit a batter. He struck out four, leaving his ERA at 1.45 against Boston this season.
Millwood looked like he would survive the sixth when he got the first two hitters on four pitches. But a walk to
led to the call for Guardado, and Ortiz lined a 3-2 pitch into the Texas bullpen in right-center field.
put the Rangers back on top at 3-2 in the bottom of the sixth with a bloop single off
, who struck out the side in three of his six innings and finished with 11 strikeouts.
In the first inning, Lester walked
and gave up Young's 20th home run before coming back to strike out the side. He did it again in the fourth and the sixth,
when he finished his outing with consecutive strikeouts of
and Murphy. Blalock struck out four times.
Hamilton went 2 for 3 with a walk in his first home game since the revelation that the All-Star with the inspiring comeback
from drug and alcohol addiction had a drunken episode in an Arizona bar in January.
, in a 4-for-17 slide, wasn't in the starting lineup. He pinch-hit for
in the seventh and stayed in the game in center. ... Boston RHP
will make a rehab start for Triple-A Pawtucket at Gwinnett on Saturday. Wakefield has been on the 15-day DL since July 21
due to a lower back strain. ... The Rangers signed three draft picks: LHP Chad Bell (14th round), RHP Shawn Blackwell (24th)
and OF Riley Cooper (25th). ... Rangers RHP
had a strong rehab start for Triple-A Oklahoma on Thursday night, but the timing of his return to the big leagues is still
unclear. He's on the 60-day DL with a stress fracture in his right shoulder. ... Rangers C
left the game in the fourth inning with numbness in his right hand. He was replaced by
. ... The
for assignment, clearing the way for SS
to join them after Friday's trade with Cincinnati.