Boston (48-39) at Los Angeles (48-40)

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  • Game info: 10:05 pm EDT Fri Jul 16, 2004
  • TV: NESN, FSW
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Pedro Martinez declined a trip to the All-Star game to get some extra rest during the three-day break. He’ll try to take advantage of the time off when the Boston Red Sox resume their four-game with the Anaheim Angels.

Martinez, whose eight wins, 3.67 ERA and 112 strikeouts are second behind All-Star right-hander Curt Schilling on the Boston staff, got an invite to the midsummer classic from AL manager Joe Torre when Oakland’s Tim Hudson was unable to attend due to injury. Martinez turned down the offer to recover from the first half, which he finished in strong fashion.

The hard-throwing right-hander went 5-0 during a nine-start unbeaten streak, including an 11-3 victory over Oakland on July 7. Martinez yielded two earned runs and five hits over seven innings, striking out seven and walking one.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner could have pitched a day earlier on his regular rest and then again on Sunday before the break. But Red Sox management decided to give him an extra day off because of an off-day.

“If it were up to me, I’d continue to pitch,” Martinez said. “But it’s not going to affect my work.”

Martinez has dominated the Angels during his career, going 8-1 with a 2.06 ERA in 12 starts.

The Red Sox got the second half off to an awful start Thursday, falling 8-1 to the Angels. Boston now trails the first-place New York Yankees by eight games in the AL East.

Darin Erstad and Chone Figgins drove in three runs apiece for Anaheim, which has won four straight.

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P. Martinez Phi vs. K. Escobar NYM
16-9 Record 11-12
3.90 ERA 3.93
227 K 191
61 BB 76
1.17 WHIP 1.29