Red Sox 5, Indians 3
BOSTON (AP)—Pedro Martinez allowed two runs in the first inning. A callus was developing on his right hand. The bases were loaded in the second and he knew he would have to start conserving his pitches if he was going to stay in Tuesday night’s game.
Martinez struck out Victor Martinez to end the second—his 52nd pitch of the game—and then retired the next 15 batters before leaving to a rousing ovation after seven innings. He struck out a season-high 11, and pinch-hitter David McCarty hit a two-run triple that broke an eighth-inning tie and gave the Red Sox a 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians.
“When you get the strikeouts, you normally are going to run high in pitches. I figured I was running into deep counts,” the Red Sox ace said. “They started swinging at some of those pitches and made things a little easier for me.”
Victor Martinez doubled in two runs in the first, but Boston tied the score on solo homers by Gabe Kapler in the third and David Ortiz in the fourth. Martinez’s homer off Alan Embree (1-0) gave Cleveland a 3-2 lead in the eighth, but Boston scored three in the bottom half against Jose Jimenez (0-2).
Ortiz and Bill Mueller doubled with two outs in the eighth to make it 3-3, and Kapler bounced a single up the middle that was fielded by Ronnie Belliard behind second base, preventing the go-ahead run from scoring. Brian Daubach was announced to pinch hit for Pokey Reese, and Scott Stewart came on to relieve.
McCarty batted for Daubach and sent the ball down the first-base line into the corner, scoring both runners.
“It was good enough,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “That was exactly what we needed. You talk about a total team effort: My next move was putting (backup catcher Doug) Mirabelli in the outfield.”
Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his seventh save and 21st in a row.
Indians starter C.C. Sabathia allowed two runs, six hits and three walks in seven innings but he was let down by the Indians bullpen. Cleveland relievers are 5-12 with four saves in 13 chances and an ERA near 7.00.
“We’re looking to see what the other options are. In the meantime we’ve got to use the guys that we have,” manager Eric Wedge said.
“We’re trying to pitch around Mueller. We don’t want to give him anything to hit. We don’t want to throw the ball over the plate and we throw the ball over the plate. I mean, that can’t happen. This is the big leagues—(it) can’t happen.”
What turned out to be another good outing for Martinez didn’t start that way. After striking out Matt Lawton to lead off the game, he gave up three consecutive hits, including Victor Martinez’s two-run double; it was the second straight outing that Martinez allowed the Indians to score twice in the first inning.
He was still laboring in the second when trainer Chris Correnti came out to the mound to cut off a callus on his right hand. That may have done the trick.
Martinez retired his last 16 batters but needed 115 pitches to get through seven innings. After he made the last putout of the seventh on a grounder to the right side, he walked off the field to a standing ovation and threw the ball to a kid behind the dugout.
Ortiz put his arm around the pitcher and slapped his hand, and Martinez received more of the same from the dugout. It was his 94th game with at least 10 strikeouts, third-most among active pitchers and fifth overall; his next will be his 68th with Boston, which would tie him with Roger Clemens for most in team history.
Embree relieved him to start the eighth and got the first two batters but gave up a two-out homer to Victor Martinez. Since moving into the cleanup spotlast week, Martinez has 13 RBIs in nine games.
After the game, the Red Sox optioned RHP Byung-Hyun Kim to Triple-A Pawtucket. … Martinez struck out Lawton in the second inning for his 1,500th strikeout with Boston. He is second on the team’s list behind Clemens (2,590). … The Indians have scored two runs in the first inning in each of the six games against Boston this season. … OF Jody Gerut singled in the first inning to extend his hitting streak to a career-high 14 games. … RHP Bobby Howry was sent to the Indians’ Triple-A team in Buffalo after a stint in extended spring training. He is rehabbing from right elbow surgery in 2003. … RHP Jeff D’Amico returned to Cleveland to have his lower back examined. He lasted just 2 2-3 innings Monday and has been plagued by back problems all season. … Boston OF Manny Ramirez celebrated his return to the Red Sox by carrying an American flag out with him when he took the field in left to start the game. Ramirezofficially became a U.S. citizen during a ceremony Monday in Miami.