If the heat was a factor, it didn't bother the Rangers pitchers. Starter Dustin Nippert held Boston to two runs on six hits and three walks in six quality innings. He has beaten the Red Sox twice at home this season, and is now 4-1, overall, with a 3.52 ERA.As for the heat, Nippert said, "It was 91 at gametime with a little breeze. It gets up to 104-105 here, so 91 and a little breeze isn't bad." "The heat is the heat," reliever C.J. Wilson said. "We had 53 straight days of it. The heat is not a factor anymore." Nippert left with a 4-2 lead. Doug Mathis pitched the seventh, giving up a one-out home run to Dustin Pedroia and a walk to Martinez before getting Jason Bay to hit into an inning-ending double play. Wilson used 22 pitches to battle through the eighth. He struck out David Ortiz to start the inning, then made it interesting by giving up a single to Mike Lowell and a walk to Casey Kotchman. But he came back to strike out Brian Anderson and Alex Gonzalez to end the inning. "I threw all my pitches where I want to," Wilson said. "I didn't get calls on some, and I got some on others. I'm not going to give in. They are all good hitters, so I kept making my pitches regardless of the count and put the ball where I wanted to." With the score 4-3, manager Ron Washington summoned Francisco, who gave up six runs in a blown save on Friday night. "My mind was clear," Washington said. "The game was at the point where we wanted it to be, and I was giving the ball to the guy I wanted to. All I did what sit back and watch." He enjoyed the view, even if it didn't last long. Francisco retired Jacoby Ellsbury on a fly to left, then struck out both Pedroia and Martinez to end the game. He wasn't throwing as hard as usual -- 91-92 mph -- but his fastball location was superb. That made all the difference in a 48-hour period, and he earned his 17th save of the season. "I don't believe in velocity," Francisco said. "I believe if I can go out there and spot my fastball where I want it, I can get any hitter out. I just approached them the same way: Just try to hit my spots, and I did." It was something to get excited about on a hot afternoon.
T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less