Series: Game 3 of 4

Texas leads 2-1 (as of 8/3)

Game 1: Thursday, August 1
Boston 7Final
Texas 19
Game 2: Friday, August 2
Boston 13Final
Texas 0
Game 3: Saturday, August 3
Boston 6Final
Texas 8
Game 4: Sunday, August 4
Boston 11Final
Texas 3

Red Sox 6

(64-45, 36-21 away)

Rangers 8

(47-63, 28-30 home)

8:05 PM ET, August 3, 2002

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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TEX 02000132 - 8 - -

W: D. Kolb (2-0)

L: B. Howry (2-3)

A-Rod passes Banks with 278th career home run

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- For once, the Texas Rangers got a big effort from their bullpen.

Alex Rodriguez
Alex Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez hit his major league-leading 37th homer, and Ivan Rodriguez made up for a key error by scoring the go-ahead run as the Rangers rallied to beat the Boston Red Sox 8-6 Saturday night.

Rangers relievers came in with a 5.56 ERA, 13th in the AL, but it was the Boston bullpen that faltered at the end.

"We let one get away from us that we shouldn't have,'' Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek said.

Alex Rodriguez's home run was his 278th as a shortstop, breaking a tie with Ernie Banks and moving into second place on the career list behind Cal Ripken's 345.

Boston's Johnny Damon homered in his third consecutive game.

Kevin Mench hit a three-run shot for the Rangers, who bounced back from a 13-0 loss Friday night.

Ivan Rodriguez's seventh-inning error led to three unearned runs. But with the game tied at 6, he opened the eighth with a double into the left-field corner off Bob Howry (2-3).

Carl Everett followed with a sacrifice bunt that was fielded by third baseman Shea Hillenbrand, whose errant throw to first allowed Ivan Rodriguez to score. Everett reached second on the error.

Everett advanced to third on Frank Catalanotto's bunt. Michael Young, who went 3-for-4, followed with an RBI single.

"Our hitters battled back, put up a lot of runs and gave us a chance to win,'' Howry said. "We've got to be able to hold the other team.''

Rangers manager Jerry Narron gave Everett the option to bunt or swing away in order to advance Ivan Rodriguez. "Carl is a veteran guy, so he had the green light to do whatever he needed to do to get the guy over,'' Narron said.

Danny Kolb (2-0) pitched 1 1/3 hitless innings for the victory.

"Our job is to come in and get guys out,'' Kolb said. "Our offense bailed us out a couple of times, then we were able to hold them off.''

Varitek gave the Red Sox a 5-3 lead in the seventh with a two-run single, but the Rangers came back in the seventh against reliever Rolando Arrojo.

Arrojo started the inning by allowing a double to Young and a walk to pinch-hitter Mike Lamb. Mench followed with his 14th homer to put the Rangers in front 6-5.

The Red Sox tied it at 6 in the eighth when pinch-hitter Cliff Floyd drew a two-out walk from Francisco Cordero and scored on Damon's double.

Alex Rodriguez put the Rangers up 3-2 when he homered leading off the sixth.

Boston got three runs in the seventh aided by Ivan Rodriguez's error.

Rangers starter Kenny Rogers allowed a double to Lou Merloni and a walk to Damon. Nomar Garciaparra singled off Cordero to load the bases, and Manny Ramirez hit a popup near the stands down the right-field line that was caught by Young.

Merloni tagged up and headed for the plate, and Young's throw to Ivan Rodriguez beat the runner. But Rodriguez was unable to come up with the ball, and Merloni scored the tying run.

Varitek followed with his two-run single off Cordero to give the Red Sox a 5-3 lead.

"That was a tough error for Pudge,'' Young said. "I knew going after the ball that they were going to tag up, so I just tried to throw it belt high. It turned out they got the runs, but we were able to win the game.''

Former Texas A&M star Casey Fossum allowed three runs and five hits over six innings for the Red Sox, leaving after 100 pitches. He had a sore right thumb after Young's fifth-inning line drive glanced off Fossum's glove.

"It felt like hitting a nail with a hammer,'' Fossum said. "After that, it was hard to catch the throw from the catcher. But I'll be fine.''

Fossum struck out five and walked two in his second start of the season.

Rogers gave up four runs and eight hits in 6 1/3 innings.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the second on Merloni's RBI groundout. Texas scored two runs in the second when Young's grounder got through Boston first baseman Tony Clark for an error.

Boston tied it at 2 in the third on Damon's 10th homer.

Game notes

Rangers LF Todd Hollandsworth strained a muscle in his left leg while beating out an infield single in the fifth and was replaced by Catalanotto. Hollandsworth, acquired in a deadline deal with Colorado this week, is day-to-day. ... The temperature at the start of the game was 98 degrees. ... Fossum lives in Frisco, a suburb north of Dallas, and had 80 family members and friends at the game.

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