Then in the Texas 11th, Shane Spencer drew a leadoff walk from
Todd Jones (2-1). Donnie Sadler followed with a bunt, and was
credited with a hit when first baseman Kevin Millar threw late to
second baseman Todd Walker covering first.
After Hank Blalock walked, Rodriguez hit an 0-1 pitch from Jones
into the Rangers' bullpen in right-center.
Rodriguez, who went 1-for-4 and walked twice, hit his 25th homer
and first grand slam of the season. It was his 10th career slam.
Rodriguez said earlier Thursday that he was committed to the
Rangers as long as the team showed progress toward becoming a
contender. Earlier in the week, Rodriguez said he would consider a
trade if he felt the Rangers failed to show significant improvement
in the next few years.
Erasmo Ramirez (2-0) pitched the 11th for the victory.
Spencer drove in three runs as Texas won for the fourth time in
Spencer, acquired in a trade with Cleveland on July 18, put the
Rangers ahead 3-2 with a two-run single in the sixth off Pedro
Martinez. Spencer also had an RBI double.
Martinez allowed three runs and six hits over six innings. He is
unbeaten in 11 starts since May 9.
Martinez is 8-1 for his career against the Rangers and hasn't
lost to Texas since Aug. 7, 1998.
Rangers starter Colby Lewis allowed two runs and eight hits over
Boston's David Ortiz hit a solo homer in the fourth to give the
Red Sox 54 home runs for July, the club record for any month.
Nixon's shot extended the mark.
The 1964 Red Sox held the previous record with 53 homers in
Spencer's RBI double broke Martinez's streak of 23 straight
scoreless innings against the Rangers. ... The Red Sox fell four
homers short of matching the major league record of 58 in any month
set by the Baltimore Orioles in May 1987. ... Nixon reached 20
homers for the third straight season and has six homers in his last