Hours after being called up from the minors, Darnell McDonald(notes) hit a tying pinch-hit homer in the eighth inning, then delivered the winning single in the ninth as Boston rallied from four runs down to beat Texas 7-6 on Tuesday.
After being swept in a four-game home series by Tampa Bay, the Red Sox (5-9) may have found the spark they need to get back on track.
“I don’t care how we did it. We desperately needed to win a game,” manager Terry Francona said. “We hung in there and won a game that we definitely needed to win.”
Things appeared to be getting worse for the Red Sox when they placed starting outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury(notes) (chest) and Mike Cameron(notes) (abdominal strain) on the disabled list Tuesday. That was before McDonald and fellow call-up Josh Reddick(notes) combined to drive in five runs against the Rangers (5-8).
Off to a slow start, Martinez raised his average to .250. He has gone 12 for 24 in his last six games against Texas.
Boston hopes Beckett (1-0, 3.86 ERA) can continue his strong pitching. After lasting 4 2-3 innings in his 2010 debut, he pitched seven innings in each of his last two starts.
He gave up an unearned run and struck out eight in seven innings of a 3-1, 12-inning loss to Tampa Bay in his most recent outing. The game was completed Saturday after being suspended Friday due to rain.
Harrison allowed one earned run in seven innings, but didn’t get a decision in a 3-2 loss at Cleveland on Thursday.
“I felt strong the whole game,” Harrison told the Rangers’ official website. “I just have to go out there in my next start and do the same thing.”
In his only previous appearance against Boston, Harrison gave up four runs in six innings of a 15-8 home win Sept. 6, 2008.
After being swept in three games at Yankee Stadium over the weekend, Texas scored all its runs in the first five innings and set a club record with nine stolen bases Tuesday, but couldn’t hold a pair of four-run leads.
The Rangers, batting .185 during their skid, need Cruz in the lineup. He has hit .375 in 13 games versus Boston.