Martinez, Red Sox steal home win from Camden

Posted: Monday, April 08, 2002

BALTIMORE -- Pedro Martinez won for the first time since last May 30, rebounding from an awful opening day performance to pitch six strong innings Sunday and lead the Boston Red Sox over the Baltimote Orioles 4-1.

Martinez (1-0), coming off a season shortened to 18 starts by shoulder pain, allowed one unearned run and three hits, struck out five and walked one. Shea Hillenbrand backed him with a pair of two-run homers.

Pitching against a team in a horrid hitting slump, it was a vast improvement from Martinez's first outing, when the right-hander gave up seven earned runs and nine hits in three innings against Toronto.

The three-time Cy Young Award winner allowed only one runner past second base and retired his final seven batters. Martinez threw 85 pitches, 54 for strikes, in lowering his ERA from 21.00 to 7.00.

He had been winless in his previous eight starts since beating the New York Yankees 3-0.

Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth to earn his third save, all in this series.

Baltimore has lost five straight, scoring only four runs during that span. Calvin Maduro (0-1) took the loss.

Indians 5, Tigers 1

DETROIT -- C.C. Sabathia's no-hit bid was stopped by Randall Simon's single leading off the eighth inning, and the Cleveland Indians went on to beat the winless Detroit Tigers.

After Simon lined a clean single to center on the first pitch of the eighth, Jose Macias hit into a double play. Wendell Magee reached on an infield single and Andres Torres had an RBI triple for his first major league hit.

Bob Wickman got his third save, completing Cleveland's first sweep at Detroit since 1996.

Sabathia (1-0), who struck out two and walked two, was trying to be the first Cleveland pitcher to throw a no-hitter since Len Barker's perfect game against Toronto on May 15, 1981.

Yankees 7, Devil Rays 2

NEW YORK -- Roger Clemens completed a near-perfect turn through New York's rotation, allowing one earned run in 7 1-3 innings as the Yankees swept the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Jason Giambi drove in his first run with the Yankees and Derek Jeter had three hits and three RBIs for New York, which has won five straight since losing 10-3 on opening day in Baltimore.

Yankees starting pitchers had not allowed a run since that game until the Devil Rays scored an unearned run in the sixth. That snapped New York's 23-inning scoreless streak and a 33 1-3-inning stretch by the starters. The Devil Rays ended their own 26-inning scoreless run.

Giambi, 3-for-21 this season, got a standing ovation after his run-scoring single in the eighth. Giambi, who has been booed much of his first weekend in New York, laughed as he left for pinch-runner Ron Coomer.

Clemens (1-1) followed up scoreless starts by David Wells, Mike Mussina, Andy Pettitte and Orlando Hernandez with a strong one of his own. Clemens earned his 281st career victory.

Tanyon Sturtze (0-1) took the loss.

Twins 10, Blue Jays 6

TORONTO -- Corey Koskie hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Torii Hunter also had three RBIs as the Minnesota Twins won their third straight, beating the Toronto Blue Jays.

Dustan Mohr and David Ortiz also homered for the Twins, who won three of four against Toronto.

Chris Woodward and Raul Mondesi homered for the Blue Jays, who had won their first two games of the season.

Royals 9, White Sox 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Chuck Knoblauch snapped an 0-for-16 skid with a two-run double in the seventh inning, sending Jeff Suppan and the Kansas City Royals over the Chicago White Sox.

A day after Kansas City lost 14-0 to the White Sox, Suppan (1-0) held them to one run on six hits and no walks in seven innings. The only run he allowed came on Frank Thomas' broken-bat homer in the first.

The Royals took a 3-1 lead into the seventh before breaking it open against three relievers.

White Sox starter Todd Ritchie (0-1), who pitched a one-hitter against the Royals last July while with the Pittsburgh Pirates, had retired 12 straight batters entering the sixth.

Athletics 6, Mariners 5

SEATTLE -- Rookie Carlos Pena hit his fourth home run, and Eric Chavez returned to the lineup with a homer and three RBIs as Oakland beat Seattle.

Tim Hudson (1-0) pitched six solid innings, allowing one run and four hits. The A's took two of three from their AL West rivals in a series matching teams that reached the playoffs the last two seasons.

When the Mariners tied the major league record with 116 wins last year, they went 10 series into the season before losing one.

Toronto won two of three at Safeco Field in early May.

Pena, acquired in an offseason trade with Texas to take Jason Giambi's spot at first base, connected for a two-run shot off Jamie Moyer (0-1).

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