Final

Series: Game 3 of 3

Boston won 3-0

Game 1: Tuesday, May 13
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Game 2: Wednesday, May 14
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Game 3: Thursday, May 15
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Rangers 3

(16-24, 6-12 away)

Red Sox 12

(26-14, 14-4 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 15, 2003

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: P. Martinez (4-2)

    L: A. Benes (0-2)

    Pedro throws six shutout innings as Sox sweep

    BOSTON (AP) -- Pedro Martinez had no trouble with his sore leg -- or the Texas Rangers.

    The three-time Cy Young winner allowed five hits in six shutout innings to rebound from a poor outing, and the Boston Red Sox beat Texas 12-3 on Thursday night to complete a three-game sweep.

    Martinez (4-2) struck out eight and walked one before leaving with a 10-0 lead. Only one Rangers baserunner reached third against him.

    "Giving Pedro that many runs, it can demoralize a team," Boston catcher Jason Varitek said.

    Martinez, who is not speaking to reporters, felt a pain in his groin during his previous outing, when he allowed five runs and eight hits in a 5-0 loss at Minnesota last Friday. Red Sox manager Grady Little said his ace threw on the side Tuesday and had no trouble.

    "If we thought he was going to favor his groin, we would not have put him out there," Little said. "We have a tendency to overreact because this guy is a special pitcher. He means so much to this ballclub ... and he has earned the right to have some overreaction to anything that concerns him."

    Alan Benes (0-2) allowed six runs on seven hits and two walks before leaving with nobody out in the fourth. It was his second start since being acquired from the Chicago Cubs; in both games he pitched a pair of scoreless innings before struggling.

    Boston scored two in the third when Nomar Garciaparra's popup fell in front of right fielder Carl Everett and bounced past him for a triple. In the fourth, the Red Sox strung together three consecutive singles before a two-run triple by Bill Mueller chased Benes.

    Jason Varitek singled off Todd Van Poppel and Johnny Damon walked before Todd Walker hit into a double play. But Manny Ramirez singled to score Varitek and make it 7-0.

    In the sixth, Damon tripled, Walker doubled and Garciaparra hit a run-scoring double with one out. Ramirez was intentionally walked before David Ortiz bounced a single up the middle to score two more and chase Van Poppel.

    Jay Powell got Kevin Millar to hit into an inning-ending double play on his first pitch, but by that time Boston led 10-0.

    Todd Greene, activated from the disabled list earlier in the day, homered off Jason Shiell to lead off the seventh. Everett added a two-out solo homer, the 13th of the year for the former Red Sox outfielder, to make it 10-2 and give the Boston fans even more reason to boo him.

    After a half-inning of the crowd chanting "Throw it back!" a fan finally tossed the ball back onto the field. When another object was thrown toward Everett, the game was delayed for several minutes while Rangers manager Buck Showalter went all the way out to right field to talk to his player.

    "The verbal stuff is fine, but they shouldn't be throwing stuff," Texas first baseman Rafael Palmeiro said. "It's dangerous and we aren't paying attention to them, we are focusing on the game. The baseball field, to me, is a sacred place, and the fans should respect that."

    Everett was hit in the head with a cell phone thrown by a fan in Oakland. Also last month, a fan ran onto the field in Chicago and grabbed umpire Laz Diaz.

    "It's unfortunate the intelligence of just a few reflects so poorly on so many," Showalter said. "It's something that happens in all sports. It just seems to be magnified a little bit here lately in baseball."

    Everett, who had a tumultuous two seasons in Boston before he was traded to the Rangers, was not available for comment after the game.

    Game notes
    Garciaparra tripled in the third to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. It's the longest active streak in the major leagues. His career longest was 30 games, as a rookie. His double tied him with Harry Hooper for 13th on the Red Sox career list. ... Walker has reached base safely in 32 of 33 starts this season, including all 17 at Fenway Park. ... The Rangers sent Gerald Laird to Triple-A Oklahoma to make room for Greene. ... With 13 homers in the first 38 games, Texas' Juan Gonzalez has accomplished the feat three times in his career. He also did it in 1993 and '95. ... X-rays were negative for Texas' Mark Teixeira, hit on the right hand by a pitch from Mike Timlin on Wednesday. ... Boston RHP Matt White allowed one hit in one inning of a rehabilitation outing with Double-A Portland. ... Ramirez is tied with Carlos Delgado for the AL lead with eight intentional walks.

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