Series: Game 4 of 4

Series tied 2-2 (as of 8/4)

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 11

(65-45, 37-21 away)

Rangers 3

(47-64, 28-31 home)

    8:05 PM ET, August 4, 2002

    Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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    BOS 102500120 11 - -
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    W: P. Martinez (15-2)

    L: A. Myette (0-4)

    Pedro fans 10, runs scoreless innings streak to 23

    ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Pedro Martinez can't ever remember feeling this good this late in the season. That's bad news for the rest of Boston's opponents.

    Pedro Martinez improved his record to 8-0 in nine starts since his mid-June struggles.

    Martinez struck out 10 in seven shutout innings for his 15th win, and Nomar Garciaparra homered twice as the Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 11-3 Sunday night.

    Martinez (15-2), who has pitched 23 scoreless innings over his last three starts, joined teammate Derek Lowe and Oakland's Barry Zito as the AL's only 15-game winners. He allowed just three singles.

    ''I feel great. I feel better than at the beginning of the season. It's weird, and something new for me,'' Martinez said. ''I was trying to be cautious early on and pitch a little more careful than I am now.''

    A shoulder injury limited Martinez to just 18 games last year. He began this season not sure what to expect, and very measured in his approach.

    With two months left in the regular season, the three-time Cy Young winner not only feels good, he believes he's pitching as well as he ever has.

    ''I'm pitching as equally well if not better,'' Martinez said. ''I've been pitching after losses and I have been able to pick up the time. It's something I take a lot of pride in.''

    Garciaparra went 4-for-4 to lead the Red Sox, who had 19 hits. Shea Hillenbrand and Cliff Floyd, in just his fourth game for Boston, had three hits each. Every Boston starter had at least one hit.

    I feel great. I feel better than at the beginning of the season. It's weird, and something new for me. I was trying to be cautious early on and pitch a little more careful than I am now.
    Pedro Martinez

    Garciaparra homered on the next pitch after Trot Nixon hit his 18th homer in the third inning, and the Red Sox led 3-0. Garciaparra's second homer, a two-run shot, capped a five-run fourth and chased Aaron Myette (0-4) with the score 8-0.

    Martinez is 8-0 with a 0.98 ERA (seven earned runs over 64 1/3 innings) in his nine starts since losing consecutive games against Arizona and Atlanta in mid-June. He improved to 11-1 after Boston losses.

    ''He just keeps getting better and better,'' Boston manager Grady Little said. ''He's getting better every outing, and feeling good.''

    It was the eighth time this season, and the 86th in his career, that Martinez had at least 10 strikeouts. His 188 strikeouts lead the AL, and his 2.25 ERA is second in the league to Lowe (2.13), who threw seven shutout innings against Texas in a 13-0 win on Friday night.

    A two-out single by Rafael Palmeiro in the seventh ended a streak of 13 straight batters retired by Martinez. He then gave up his only walk -- to Carl Everett -- before getting his last out and leaving after 100 pitches, 67 of them strikes.

    ''He's obviously extremely tough,'' said Rangers second baseman Michael Young, who had one of the three singles. ''He throws hard, has an unbelievable curve and a good change and can throw them all for strikes. He's nasty.''

    Garciaparra, who also had a single and a double, had his third multihomer game of the season, and the 15th of his career. He has 19 homers this season.

    Hillenbrand led off the seventh with Boston's fourth homer of the game and his 16th of the season. It was the eighth time the Red Sox hit four homers in a game this year.

    After Hillenbrand was thrown out at home on Rey Sanchez's single for the second out of the fourth inning, the Red Sox scored five runs. Johnny Damon had a two-run double, Nixon added a run-scoring double and Garciaparra hit his two-run homer.

    Jason Varitek made it 11-0 with a two-run double in the eighth.

    The Rangers avoided their second shutout in three nights when Kevin Mench had a broken-bat RBI single off Alan Embree with two outs in the eighth.

    Myette failed to get past the fourth inning for the third straight time. He gave up eight runs on nine hits over 3 2/3 innings, with four strikeouts and two walks.

    Rob Bell threw 3 1/3 innings in relief of Myette, allowing the homer to Hillenbrand in his first relief appearance after 66 major league starts.

    Boston went ahead 1-0 in the first without a hit as only one of Myette's first 12 pitches was a strike. Damon and Nixon walked, and Garciaparra was hit by a pitch, then Floyd grounded into a double play to score Damon.

    Game notes

    The Red Sox remained four games behind AL East-leading New York, but moved even with Anaheim in the wild card chase after the Angels lost 7-5 to the Yankees on Sunday. ... The 30 combined wins by Martinez and Lowe is second-most in the majors behind the 33 by Arizona's Curt Shilling (18) and Randy Johnson (15). ... Mench, who struck out twice against Martinez, extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Texas went 5-5 on its homestand against Oakland, New York and Boston.

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