Oakland (46-35) at Boston (44-37)

Mostly Cloudy Currently: Boston, MA
Temp: 71° F
  • Game info: 7:05 pm EDT Wed Jul 7, 2004
  • TV: ESPN, NESN
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The Boston Red Sox have enjoyed playing at Fenway Park this season— especially staff ace Pedro Martinez.

Martinez will try to remain unbeaten at home when the Red Sox resume their three-game series with the Oakland Athletics.

Martinez is 5-0 with a 2.96 ERA in eight starts at Fenway this season. His ERA in nine road starts is more than 1.5 runs higher.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner has allowed just two runs and 11 hits in 22 innings over his last three starts at home, all wins. He has won a season-high four straight decisions overall.

Martinez will be taking the mound for the first time since the Red Sox’s epic 5-4, 13-inning loss to the New York Yankees on Thursday.

The Dominican right-hander allowed three earned runs and four hits, including two home runs, over seven innings. He also showed off some of his legendary intensity, hitting Gary Sheffield on the back with a pitch in the first inning.

“You can’t get frustrated after such a good game,” Martinez said. “You just have to let it go and continue on.”

The Red Sox pounded the Athletics 11-0 Tuesday in their first game back at Fenway following a disastrous 1-5 road trip that included a three-game sweep by the Yankees. The Red Sox, who have been hampered by injuries this season, are 26-14 at home.

“This is the 2004 Red Sox that you see,” first baseman Kevin Millar said. “This is the first time we’re back in our house with our lineup.”

Bill Mueller hit a three-run homer, and Johnny Damon had five hits for Boston, which scored four runs in both the fourth and fifth innings.

Nomar Garciaparra, who missed the first 57 games of the season with Achilles’ tendinitis, had two hits and is 9-for-18 over his last four games.

Marco Scutaro doubled for Oakland, which has won eight of its last 12 overall, but just six of its last 20 on the road.

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M. Redman Col vs. P. Martinez Phi
11-12 Record 16-9
4.71 ERA 3.90
102 K 227
68 BB 61
1.50 WHIP 1.17