Red Sox 12, Orioles 5

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BALTIMORE (AP)—The Boston Red Sox made it easy for Pedro Martinez to end his run of frustration against the Baltimore Orioles.

Jason Varitek singled in two runs to cap a six-run third inning, and the Red Sox got 13 hits Monday night in their third straight victory, a 12-5 blowout.

Martinez was pulled with one out in the seventh inning during a steady rain. He allowed five runs on seven hits, walked two and struck out five.

“I just tried to be aggressive. It’s not like I did the best job,” Martinez said. “You just go right after them and try to make things happen. This time we didn’t give them a chance.”

Martinez (11-4) is 7-1 in his last 12 starts. His only loss during that stretch came last Wednesday against the Orioles, when he was touched for eight runs and nine hits in 6 2-3 innings.

The right-hander came in 0-2 with a 8.66 ERA in three starts against Baltimore this season, but in this game he looked every bit like a three-time Cy Young Award winner—until the rain came.

“A game like that, I didn’t want to leave him out there longer than I thought he needed to be out there,” Boston manager Terry Francona said. “I thought he pitched great.”

Martinez experienced pain in his right hip during the latter stages of his stint, but said it was nothing to worry about.

“I think I’m going to be OK. I don’t think that I’ll miss an outing,” he said. “Tomorrow I’ll see how I feel.”

Martinez probably was sharper than he had to be, because the Red Sox provided him with more than enough offensive support.

“You give him a six-run jump start, you have your work cut out for you,” Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli said.

Gabe Kapler and Manny Ramirez both had three hits, and David Ortiz had two RBIs for the Red Sox, who have scored 39 runs on 52 hits in their last four games.

“I like the momentum of our lineup today,” Kapler said.

Miguel Tejada homered for the Orioles, who are an AL-worst 21-29 at home.

Held to one walk by rookie Erik Bedard (4-5) over the first two innings, the Red Sox sent 10 batters to the plate in the third, scoring five runs with two outs.

“To have that inning—we did it without a home run, a lot with two outs— that to me is what can propel us to being a good team,” Francona said.

After Ortiz hit a sacrifice fly, Ramirez and Nomar Garciaparra hit RBI singles, Kevin Millar doubled in a run and Varitek lined a two-run single to left. Varitek missed Boston’s previous game, a 9-6 win over the New York Yankees, with a sore hand.

The Red Sox batted around in a four-run sixth that made it 10-0. After Mark Bellhorn and Ramirez hit RBI doubles, Millar drew a bases-loaded walk from Eddy Rodriguez and Varitek greeted Todd Williams with a run-scoring groundout.

Tejada hit his 20th homer after a walk to David Newhan in the bottom half. Tejada leads the league with 92 RBIs, two more than Ortiz, who singled in a run in a two-run seventh.

Larry Bigbie chased Martinez with an RBI single in the Orioles’ half, and Terry Adams allowed two inherited runners to score.

In the eighth, Williams was struck in the back of the head by a line drive off Kapler’s bat. The pitcher left under his own power, and was walking around with an ice pack on his head after the game.

“That was scary for me,” Kapler said. “Thank God he looks like he’s OK.”


After the game, the Orioles optioned OF Darnell McDonald to Triple-A Ottawa and activated OF B.J. Surhoff from the 15-day disabled list. … Orioles RF Jerry Hairston left in the seventh with tightness in his left hamstring. … With his 189th start with Boston, Martinez tied Lefty Grove for 12th on the Red Sox career list. … Boston improved to 4-6 against Baltimore, the only team in the AL East against whom the Red Sox have a losing record.

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