Final

Series: Game 1 of 3

Texas leads 1-0 (as of 5/1)

Game 1: Friday, April 30
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Game 1: Saturday, May 1
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Game 2: Saturday, May 1
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Game 3: Sunday, May 2
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Red Sox 3

(15-7, 7-4 away)

Rangers 4

(14-9, 8-3 home)

6:05 PM ET, May 1, 2004

Globe Life Park in Arlington, Arlington, Texas 

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W: E. Ramirez (1-1)

L: M. Malaska (1-1)

S: F. Cordero (8)

Manny strikes out in all four at-bats

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) -- The Texas Rangers resorted to fundamental smallball to break a long scoreless streak by Boston's bullpen.

Hank Blalock's sacrifice fly sent home the go-ahead run, after a couple of hit-and-run plays produced the tying run, and the Rangers won 4-3 in the first game of a doubleheader Saturday night to end Boston's six-game winning streak.

Boston's bullpen went 32 1-3 consecutive scoreless innings in the previous 11 games before relievers Mark Malaska (1-1) and Scott Williamson were charged with runs in Texas' three-run seventh.

"I don't think any of our hitters knew that they had a streak going or how good they've been doing," said David Dellucci, who executed a hit-and-run after Eric Young was hit by a pitch. "We're not intimidated by anybody. We're very aggressive."

Red Sox starter Bronson Arroyo hit Young for the second time to start the seventh, then Malaska faced only Dellucci, the runner Blalock drove home to make it 3-2.

Young scored on a single by Gerald Laird, who greeted Williamson by hitting an 0-2 slider on what manager Buck Showalter actually called a run-and-hit play.

Shortstop Pokey Reese made a leaping catch to snag Michael Young's hard liner, but Blalock followed with a deep flyball. Alfonso Soriano added an RBI double.

Boston relievers hadn't given up a run since April 17 against the New York Yankees. It was the longest scoreless streak in the majors since St. Louis' 34 in a row in 2002.

"I was hoping it could go all year," manager Terry Francona said. "Even as good as they are, you knew they'd give up a run sometime."

Arroyo held the Rangers, the best-hitting team in the majors, to three hits in six-plus innings and struck out five. But he walked two and Eric Young scored both times after being hit.

"Two times against Young, I was trying to throw fastballs down and away," Arroyo said. "I don't have any idea what happened. It really sparked them."

Erasmo Ramirez (1-1), the second of four Texas pitchers, pitched a perfect seventh against Boston's 1-2-3 hitters. Francisco Cordero allowed an RBI double to Johnny Damon in the ninth before finishing for his eighth save in as many chances.

The Red Sox played their second doubleheader in three games. They swept Tampa Bay at Fenway Park on Thursday before the opener of their three-game series at Texas was rained out Friday night.

Pedro Martinez, who says he will test the free-agent market after this season, was the Red Sox starter for the second game. The right-hander was supposed to pitch Saturday night, and Boston held him back to let Arroyo, Friday night's scheduled starter, pitch the first game.

Francona said Martinez's intentions wouldn't be a distraction "even for one minute" for the AL East-leading Red Sox. General manager Theo Epstein said the primary focus remains trying to build a team that can compete for and win a World Series.

The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the fourth after four hits and a walk from the bottom of the order to start the inning. Kevin Millar was thrown out trying to stretch a single before Mark Bellhorn hit an RBI double and Pokey Reese a run-scoring single.

Those were the only runs given up by Texas starter Ryan Drese, who allowed seven hits and five walks in six innings. He also struck out five, including the first three of four strikeouts for Manny Ramirez in his only plate appearances.

"We counted, Ryan had 40 foul balls, that really drove his pitch count (118) up," manager Buck Showalter said. "That says something about his stuff. His outing was key. He hung in there."

After allowing two base runners in the first, Arroyo retired 11 straight before hitting Young in the fifth. Eric Young scored the first Texas run on Michael Young's groundout.

Game notes


The last time Ramirez had four strikeouts in a game was July 23, 2002, in the second game of a doubleheader against Tampa Bay. ... The Red Sox are 2-2 in Arroyo's starts, including two wins over the Yankees in which the right-hander got no-decisions.

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