Monday's Red Sox-Rangers matchups: Rick Porcello vs. Nick Martínez

July 04, 2016 - 4:53 am

In the first game of a three-game series with the Rangers, the Red Sox will send Rick Porcello to the mound to face off against right-hander Nick Martinez. In his second year in a Red Sox uniform, Porcello is 9-2 with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. The righty has the fifth-most wins in the American League, and hasn't lost since a May 17 defeat at Kansas City. He last started in an 8-2 win at Tampa Bay last Tuesday, Boston's only win in the three-game series. The 27-year-old let up only one run on five hits in six innings and walked three. He recorded eight strikeouts, his most in an outing since he fanned nine batters on April 20 vs. the Rays. "You look at three other no-decisions consecutively when he's left with low-run games," Red Sox manager John Farrell said. "He's been everything we could've hoped. You look at a starting pitcher that can go out and be consistent every fifth day, he's been a model of that for us." In eight career starts against the Rangers, Porcello is 4-4 with a 5.86 ERA and 1.72 WHIP. His ERA when facing Texas is his third-highest in the American League. It's been over two years since Porcello has appeared vs. the Rangers, tallying a 6-0 win on June 26, 2014, as a member of the Tigers. Porcello pitched a complete-game shutout, giving up just three hits and striking out six. In just five starts this season, Martinez is 1-1 with a 5.00 ERA and 1.72 WHIP. The Fordham University product was called up from Triple-A on June 14 and is working to solidify a spot in the starting rotation. He didn't receive a decision in his last appearance, a 9-7 loss at New York last Wednesday. The 25-year-old surrendered two runs on three hits in five innings while striking out two, but he struggled with pitch command, walking five. Martinez has taken on the Red Sox twice in his young career, recording an 0-1 record with a 4.15 ERA. He started against Boston just 10 days ago in an 8-7 Red Sox win. Martinez surrendered four runs and six hits in six innings, walking three and fanning two. Rangers vs. Porcello (RHP) Shin-Soo Choo (35 plate appearances): .286/.359/.400, 4 doubles, 4 RBIs, 4 walks, 8 strikeouts Adrian Beltre (21): .381/.435/.619, 2 doubles, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts Elvis Andrus (19): .158/.238/.158, 1 RBI, 2 walks, 3 strikeouts Mitch Moreland (11): .273/.273/.364, 1 double, 2 RBIs, 3 strikeouts Drew Stubbs (10): .300/.300/.600, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 3 strikeouts Bobby Wilson (6): .167/.167/.167, 1 strikeout Rougned Odor is 2-for-3 with 1 triple and 2 RBIs. Ian Desmond is 0-for-3 with 1 RBI. Red Sox vs. Martinez (RHP) Mookie Betts (7 plate appearances): .429/.429/.429, 1 RBI, 1 strikeout Dustin Pedroia (6): .500/.571/.500, 1 walk, 1 strikeout Hanley Ramirez is 3-for-5 with 1 double, 2 HR, 3 RBIs, and 1 walk. Travis Shaw is 1-for-3. Jackie Bradley Jr. is 1-for-3 with 1 home run and 2 RBIs. Bryce Brentz is 1-for-3. Xander Bogaerts is 0-for-3. David Ortiz is 1-for-2 with 1 walk. Brock Holt is 0-for-2 with 1 walk.