Red Sox 5, Blue Jays 2

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BOSTON (AP)—The Boston Red Sox discovered a great new pitching strategy: Martinez-by-committee.

Anastacio Martinez relieved Pedro Martinez and won his major league debut Saturday night when Boston rallied to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-2. The Red Sox rookie allowed a bunt hit and struck out one in one inning.

“I thought he was impressive,” Pedro Martinez said after translating for his namesake. “I am actually happier to see Anastacio not only get it (the win), but get it in his first try. … I am very happy for him and especially to be a part of the game that he won.”

Alan Embree pitched a perfect eighth and Keith Foulke worked the ninth for his ninth save of the season and 23rd in a row.

Mark Bellhorn had two big hits—the first a shot off Ted Lilly’s leg to hobble him before Manny Ramirez hit a mammoth homer that tied the game 2-2. Bellhorn singled an inning later to give the Red Sox the lead and send them to their sixth victory in eight games.

“I think it did affect him,” Blue Jays manager Carlos Tosca said of the liner off Lilly’s left leg. “You could tell the difference before and after. It’s just unfortunate.”

Lilly was cruising with a three-hit shutout until taking Bellhorn’s drive off his leg to start the sixth inning. After a visit from the trainer, Lilly stayed in the game, but Kevin Millar hit a deep fly that was caught at the base of the Green Monster, and Ramirez hit one over everything.

Lilly, who struck out a season-high 10, fanned Jason Varitek for the second out before Kerry Ligtenberg (1-2) came on in relief.

“In that inning I don’t think it affected me. It really started to stiffen once I came out, when I got off my feet,” Lilly said. “It came down to a pitch that I didn’t get away with.”

Ligtenberg struck out pinch-hitter David Ortiz to end the sixth but gave up an infield single to Kevin Youkilis to start the seventh and was pulled for Jason Kershner. Pinch-hitter David McCarty walked, and Pokey Reese struck out trying to bunt with two strikes.

Johnny Damon singled to load the bases, then Bellhorn singled to score Youkilis and give Boston a 3-2 lead.

Lilly had a large welt on his left leg but did not need X-rays, Tosca said.

“He should be able to make his next start,” Tosca said. “At least, that’s what the trainers say.”

Boston added two in the eighth when Ramirez singled and scored, and Ortiz singled and scored on Greg Zaun’s passed ball to make it 5-2.

Pedro Martinez allowed two runs on five hits and a walk, striking out seven in six innings.

He struck out the first two batters of the game and retired the first five, but he ran into trouble in the third when Orlando Hudson hit a leadoff double and scored when right fielder Gabe Kapler misplayed Frank Menechino’s line drive into a triple.

Reed Johnson struck out, then Eric Hinske singled to make it 2-0. Vernon Wells singled before Carlos Delgado fouled out and Josh Phelps lined back to the mound to end the inning. Pedro Martinez retired 10 of his last 11— striking out the side in the fourth—before his namesake replaced him to startthe seventh.


The Red Sox had no details on why 2B umpire Jerry Crawford was a late scratch. He was replaced by Gerry Davis. … Toronto OF Frank Catalanotto took some swings in the center-field batting cage before missing his third straight game with a right groin injury. Because of the injury, Tosca moved slumping Eric Hinske (.213) to second in the batting order. … Boston C Doug Mirabelli was in the lineup as the designated hitter for the first time this season. … Ramirez’s homer was his 358th, tying Yogi Berra on the career list. … Wellsand Johnson each had a single to extend their hitting streaks to 14 games.

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