Martinez has given up three earned runs and 12 hits over 14 innings in his last two starts, striking out a season high-tying 11 in each outing. The Dominican right-hander surpassed 10 strikeouts for the 69th time with Boston in Saturday’s 7-4 win at Detroit, breaking the franchise mark established by Roger Clemens.
“Any time you can put your name up there with Roger, it is great,” Martinez said. “But I wasn’t even aware of that. I was just trying to pick the team up and help us get things going again.”
Martinez has won eight of his last nine decisions, and is one victory shy of tying Curt Schilling for the team lead with 13.
The Red Sox dropped Monday’s series opener, but have bounced back with consecutive wins, including Wednesday’s 14-4 rout. Kevin Millar continued his hot hitting with four hits and four RBIs in the first five innings as Boston rolled to its fourth victory in five games, remaining in the thick of the AL wild-card race.
Millar is 31-for-66 (.470) over his last 19 games, with 18 runs and 21 RBIs to increase his batting average to .306. He had just 25 RBIs in his first 85 games.
David Ortiz drove in two runs for Boston, giving him 100 for the second straight season and leaving him one short of his career high.
Aubrey Huff went 2-for-5 with a run-scoring double for Tampa Bay, which has not lost three straight since a six-game skid from July 20-25.