Martinez went seven innings and threw a career-high 112 pitches. He allowed two runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out five. The Rangers helped him out by turning three double plays behind him -- five overall on the night -- and Martinez also picked a runner off first base.
"That's Nick ... he pitches to contact," Rangers manager Jeff Banister said. "Early on, I thought his breaking ball was a challenge to get it where he wanted it. It was low on occasion. Overall, I felt like Nick threw the ball well. He moved it around. He did the same things he has done in previous starts. We just didn't help him out."
Martinez wasn't happy with his tempo.
"My tempo was a little too slow," Martinez said. "It was a lot better the last two innings, but it was a little slow the first five innings."
Martinez also had trouble containing the leadoff hitter, as four reached base in the first six innings. Martinez managed to keep the Red Sox from scoring in the first and second, but it finally caught up to him in the fifth.