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A-Rod hits 10th career grand slam

8/1/2003

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- Alex Rodriguez hit a grand slam with two
outs in the bottom of the 11th inning, giving the Texas Rangers a
7-3 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Thursday night.

The Rangers took a 3-2 lead into the ninth, but Trot Nixon led
off with his 20th homer against closer Francisco Cordero.

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.

Pinch-runner Ramon Nivar was forced at third on Einar Diaz's
grounder back to Jones and Michael Young struck out.

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
five games.

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
six innings.

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
July.

Martinez took a 2-1 lead into the sixth, but the Rangers rallied
for two runs. Rafael Palmeiro drew a leadoff walk, Mark Teixeira
doubled and Spencer singled.

Earlier in the day, the Red Sox made another addition to their
pitching staff when they acquired right-handed starter Jeff Suppan
from the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Game notes
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
eight games.