Texas (48-35) at Boston (46-37)

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  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Fri Jul 9, 2004
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Winless in his last eight starts, Bronson Arroyo will try to go into the All-Star break on a high note as the Boston Red Sox open a three-game series with the visiting Texas Rangers.

Installed as Boston’s regular fifth starter two months ago, Arroyo pitched brilliantly in a 4-0 victory at Toronto on May 15, scattering three hits over eight innings.

However, the right-hander is 0-6 in eight starts since.

On Friday, Arroyo pitched well in Boston’s 6-3, 12-inning loss at Atlanta, surrendering two runs and five hits over seven solid innings.

With Boston likely in the market for another starter, Arroyo could find himself in the bullpen if he doesn’t begin winning. The right-hander has yielded three earned runs or fewer in each of his last five starts, but is 0-4 to show for it.

Arroyo has not fared well at Fenway Park this year, going 0-4 with a 6.55 ERA in six appearances, including four starts.

After losing five of six on the road, the Red Sox continued their phenomenal success at home, completing a three-game sweep of Oakland at Fenway with Thursday’s 8-7, 10-inning victory.

Boston squandered an early 7-1 lead before pulling out the victory on Bill Mueller’s RBI double in the bottom of the 10th. The Red Sox boast a 28-14 mark at home.

Thursday’s win kept Boston within six games of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East.

The AL West-leading Rangers, who have won five of their last six, have belted 29 homers in the first 11 games of their 14-game road trip. On Thursday, David Dellucci hit two of Texas’ four homers as the Rangers pounded Cleveland 10-0.

The Rangers swept a three-game set from the Red Sox in Arlington from May 1-2.

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3-5 Record 10-9
5.68 ERA 4.03
95 K 142
31 BB 47
1.40 WHIP 1.22