Park, who has endured three injury-plagued and ineffective seasons in Texas since signing a five-year, $65 million contract prior to the 2002 campaign, is finally beginning to pay dividends for the Rangers. The Korean right-hander has won six of his first seven decisions, including the last five in a row.
Park has been a winner in each of his last three starts, including Saturday’s 14-9 rout at Texas. Park, who was roughed up for season highs of six runs and 11 hits over five innings, picked up his 100th career victory.
“I’m very appreciative of my teammates,” Park said. “The hitters picked me up so well. It was more offense than pitching today.”
Park has already won more games this year than in the previous two seasons combined (5) for Texas, which is out to avenge a three-game sweep at Florida last year.
Texas, which trails the all-time interleague series with the Marlins 4-2, enters off Thursday’s 10-8 loss to Philadelphia.
Mark Teixeira had a pair of homers and five RBIs. David Dellucci also homered for Texas, which was swept for the first time this season. The Rangers have lost six of eight after winning nine straight.
Mike Lowell had two hits in the Marlins’ 8-0 loss to Seattle on Thurdsay. It was Florida’s sixth loss by eight runs or more this season, and the 12th defeat in the last 15 games for the last-place Marlins.
“We got waxed,” Marlins manager Jack McKeon said. “Their guy did a good job of keeping us off-balance. We couldn’t get anything going against him.”