Red Sox 1, Padres 0
It was the first 1-0 game at Fenway since Mike Mussina came within one out of a perfect game in a Yankees victory on Sept. 2, 2001. Boston’s last 1-0 victory was almost four years ago.
“We don’t get to see too many of those,” Damon said. “We’d love to score more runs and pad our stats a little. These games aren’t great for the hitters, but they’re great for the pitchers.”
Martinez (6-3) rebounded from an 11-hit, seven-run outing with his best game of the year, putting up a season high in innings and a season low in hits allowed. He struck out eight, walked one and hit a batter; only one Padre reached third base against him—Terrence Long after his fifth-inning double.
“It was fun,” Martinez said after beating the Padres in their first visit to Fenway Park. “That was a team that had a lot of strangers there, and I didn’t know what to expect. But it was fun to actually give the fans what they expect.”
No one was sure what to expect from Wells, who was returning from a freak household accident that put him on the disabled list May 18. He pitched 5 2-3 shutout innings, allowing six hits and striking out two; he shook his head disbelievingly when manager Bruce Bochy took him out after 81 pitches.
“I still felt strong, but he told me, ‘It’s been a while. I don’t want to burn you out,” Wells said. “I can understand where he’s coming from. But you get caught up in the moment.”
Bochy wasn’t surprised that Wells lobbied to stay in.
“He’s always going to say he’s fine. That’s the type of competitor he is,” Bochy said. “It was the right thing to do.”
Keith Foulke pitched the ninth for his 12th save in 13 opportunities.
Osuna gave up one run on one hit in one inning.
Kapler also singled in the second, and Ortiz also had two hits for Boston. He singled in the sixth to end a string of 11 consecutive outs for Wells. Manny Ramirez was out on a fielder’s choice, thanks to a nice play by second baseman Mark Loretta, but Jason Varitek singled up the middle off Loretta’s glove, and that was it for Wells.
Wells, known for his active nightlife, missed three weeks after tripping over a barstool in his kitchen and landing on a wine glass he was holding. Hesevered a tendon in his right wrist, requiring surgery, and cut his left palm.
Red Sox SS Nomar Garciaparra had been expected to make his 2004 debut, but was sent back to Triple-A for more rehab. He went 0-for-3 for Pawtucket. … Wells’ last appearance at Fenway was Game 5 of the 2003 AL championship series, when he was pitching for the Yankees. … The umpires asked Wells to remove a bandage from his right wrist before the game. … The Red Sox had a pregame moment of silence in memory of former President Reagan. … Trot Nixon (left quad) played five innings in the first game of a doubleheader for Single-A Sarasota on a rehab assignment. He went 2-for-3 with a double, an RBIand a run scored.