Red Sox 9, Blue Jays 4
Nomar Garciaparra, Manny Ramirez and Kevin Millar homered to back seven scoreless innings by Boston’s ace, as the Red Sox opened a nine-run lead and coasted to a 9-4 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday.
“Pedro pitches in so many close games,” catcher Jason Varitek said. “I would think if you give Pedro a lead, it takes a lot of the gas out of the other team.”
Martinez (7-2) allowed three hits, struck out eight and walked none.
He did not talk to reporters after the game. Since his last loss on May 9, he has four wins and five no-decisions; his previous six starts have all been one- or two-run games.
“It was nice to get a lot of offense out there on a day when he was pitching,” Boston manager Grady Little said. “He felt good about it, and the whole team felt good about it.”
Martinez gave up singles to lead off three different innings, but no runner reached second base against him. Brandon Lyon pitched a perfect eighth but lost the shutout after Boston allowed four runs on four hits and two errors in the ninth.
Chris Woodward reached on second baseman Damian Jackson’s error to lead off the ninth, then Howie Clark reached on third baseman Bill Mueller’s error. One out later, Vernon Wells singled to load the bases.
Lyon struck out Jayson Werth, but then Greg Myers singled to right to score Woodward, and Bobby Kielty reached on an infield single to load the bases and score another. Eric Hinske’s double down the right-field line scored two more to make it 9-4.
Orlando Hudson grounded out to first to end the game.
“We just ran out of outs,” Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. “The lead was just too big.”
John Wasdin (0-1) gave up six runs on six hits and two walks, striking out three before leaving with two out in the third, down 6-0.
Martinez faced just two batters above the minimum.
He gave up a single to the first batter of the game, Clark. Clark also reach on an error in the third before he was caught trying to steal second. Myers singled to lead off the fifth, and Wells led off the seventh with a base hit before he was erased on a double play.
Wasdin, a former Red Sox pitcher remembered for giving up homers, had a lot more trouble.
Millar homered to lead off the third. The next batter, Trot Nixon, hit a deep drive to right field that was brought back over the wall by Kielty, saving a sure homer; even the Boston fans appreciated the effort, giving Kielty a big hand.
Nixon made a leaping catch of his own when Hudson hit a deep drive to right to lead off the next half-inning. Hudson’s ball wouldn’t have been a homer, but Nixon had to leap to save extra bases.
Jackson doubled to start the fourth, Johnny Damon singled him to third and, one out later, Garciaparra hit his 14th homer of the season.
Wasdin walked consecutive batters, and with two outs Nixon tripled to right to score two. Nixon was also among the heroes on Saturday night when the Red Sox tied it in the ninth and won on his single in the 10th.
Tanyon Sturtze got Varitek to ground out to end the inning. But Sturtze gave up Garciaparra’s run-scoring double in the fourth, which was followed byRamirez’s two-run homer into the center-field bleachers that made it 9-0.
Garciaparra made a fielding error on Clark’s grounder in the third. It was the Boston shortstop’s 14th error of the season. … Carl Yastrzemski was in the crowd. … Martinez passed the 2,000 inning milestone for his career. … New Hampshire’s Mary Jo Ray, 108, was at her first Red Sox game on Sunday. She went to a game last year but it was rained out. The Red Sox have won five World Series in her lifetime, the last in 1918. … Toronto RHP Bob File threw a perfect inning Saturday in his first rehab start for Class-A Dunedin of the Florida State League. File is on the 60-Day DL because of offseason shouldersurgery. He will pitch again on Tuesday.