Texas (16-22) at Boston (24-14)

Fair Currently: Boston, MA
Temp: 54° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed May 14, 2003
  • TV: NESN
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The Boston Red Sox seem capable of beating the Texas Rangers at any time in any way.

Heading into the middle game of their series, the Red Sox have won 10 of the last 12 meetings in the series at Fenway Park, including Tuesday’s 5-4 triumph.

Boston overcame a 4-2 seventh-inning deficit and won in its last at-bat for the eighth time this season.

“Nobody ever puts their head down,” said Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra, who extended his hitting streak to 14 games and had the game-winning RBI. “Even when we’re down by a lot, you never know.”

Manny Ramirez and Trot Nixon each homered as the Red Sox won for the fourth time in their last six overall.

The Rangers upped their major league-leading home run total to 66, but lost for the eighth time in their last 11.

Rafael Palmeiro, who on Sunday became the 19th player to join the 500-homer club, went 0-for-3 with a walk.

“Any time you lose a game, it’s frustrating, especially a game where we felt like we were going to win,” Palmeiro said.

Juan Gonzalez and Hank Blalock homered for Rangers.

Gonzalez is batting .417 (10-for-24) over his last six games with four doubles, two homers and five RBIs.

Blalock has two homers and eight RBIs in his last seven games while batting .433 (13-for-30).

STANDINGS: Rangers - 4th place, 8 GB, AL West. Red Sox - 2nd place, 2 GB, AL East.

RANGERS PROBABLE STARTER: Joaquin Benoit (1-0, 5.11 ERA). Benoit earned his first win of the season on Sunday, pitching two scoreless innings in a 17-10 win over Cleveland. The Rangers have split his two starts, with the right-hander giving up seven earned runs and eight hits over 10 1-3 innings. Benoit has faced the Red Sox twice, including one start, and is 0-0 with a 3.12 ERA.

RED SOX PROBABLE STARTER: Casey Fossum (3-1, 4.38 ERA). The Red Sox are 6-1 in Fossum’s starts this season, including a 7-3 victory at Kansas City on May 6. The left-hander gave up three earned runs and five hits, while walking five over 6 2-3 innings. He has given up three runs or fewer in five of his seven starts. Fossum is 1-0 lifetime against the Rangers with a 2.57 ERA in three appearances, including two starts.

OFFENSIVE LEADERS: Rangers - Blalock, .382 avg.; Gonzalez, 13 HRs; Carl Everett, 34 RBIs and 36 runs; Alex Rodriguez, 5 SBs. Red Sox - Ramirez, .336 avg.; Garciaparra, 6 HRs; Garciaparra and Johnny Damon, 29 runs; Shea Hillenbrand, 29 RBIs; Damon and Damian Jackson, 8 SBs.

SEASON SERIES: Tied, 2-2.

STREAKS AND NOTES: Rangers - The Rangers have accounted for 105 of their 211 runs this season with the home run. … SS Rodriguez went 0-for-3 on Tuesday and had his nine-game hitting streak snapped. … OF Everett is batting .340 (17-for-50) with four doubles, a triple, five homers and 20 RBIs over his last 13 games. Red Sox - OF Ramirez’s homer on Tuesday was his first since April 27, spanning 50 at-bats. … Boston has hit six homers in its last two games. … Boston activated RHP Robert Person from the 15-day disabled list and sent RHP Steve Woodard to Triple-A Pawtucket.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Rangers - 6-10 on the road; Red Sox - 12-4 at home.

INJURIES: Rangers - C Todd Greene (hamstring), 15-day DL; OF Doug Glanville (hamstring), 15-day DL; RHP Chan Ho Park (back), 15-day DL; RHP Ismael Valdes (shoulder), 15-day DL; RHP Jeff Zimmerman (elbow), 60-day DL; OF Rusty Greer (neck), 60-day DL. Red Sox - RHP Chad Fox (left oblique), 15-day DL; LHP Matt White (right oblique), 15-day DL.

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J. Benoit SD vs. C. Fossum Bal
8-5 Record 6-5
5.49 ERA 5.47
87 K 63
51 BB 34
1.43 WHIP 1.47