They’ll look to do it again as they face Martinez for the fourth time this season in the middle game of a weekend series with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Martinez allowed three earned runs and six hits in seven innings of Sunday’s 3-1 loss to the Blue Jays. The three-time Cy Young award-winner was strong, but didn’t quite pitch well enough to beat Toronto ace Roy Halladay, who had dropped his two previous matchups with Martinez this season.
Halladay allowed just one earned run and six hits in seven innings.
“If Pedro throws like that, we’re going to be OK,” said Red Sox manager Terry Francona. “He threw the ball really well. This guy is one of the best ever. I love when he’s on the mound.”
Martinez gave up a two-run homer to Carlos Delgado in the fourth inning that ended up being the difference in the game.
“It was supposed to be up and in, and it was just out over the plate,” Martinez said. “If I could take that pitch back and throw it again, I would try to throw it where I wanted it. But I’m only human, and I could only do so much. You just have to tip your hat to Delgado for hitting it out. It was my fault, my mistake.”
Martinez, who will face Ted Lilly on Saturday, has pitched well in three starts since giving up six runs and nine hits in four innings of an 8-5 loss to Texas on May 1. Since then, he has allowed just seven earned runs in 21 innings of work.
“I’m pretty pleased,” Martinez said. “Especially because I’m feeling better, and I’m feeling healthy and that’s actually the key to everything.
“I know that I’m out there every five days or every six days giving my team a chance to win. If I continue to pitch the way I have I think we’re going to win a lot of ballgames.”
The Red Sox beat the Blue Jays 11-5 on Friday for their fifth win in seven games. Manny Ramirez homered to break an eighth inning tie, and Boston went on to score six runs in the inning.