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Martinez, Red Sox earn win over Rays

Expos slap Mets with NL loss

Posted: Monday, April 09, 2001

BOSTON -- Pedro Martinez struck out 16 in eight innings for his first win of the season, leading the Boston Red Sox to a 3-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sunday.

Martinez (1-0) recorded his first six outs on strikeouts and brought a no-hitter into the sixth before Felix Martinez, the No. 9 hitter, lined a sharp single to center to lead off the inning. Martinez allowed three hits overall.

Manny Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a walk and two RBIs, and Carl Everett doubled twice and drove in a run for Boston, which swept the three-game series.

Albie Lopez (1-1) allowed three runs, six hits, five walks and a balk in seven innings.

Indians 4, Orioles 3

CLEVELAND -- C.C. Sabathia handled everyone in Baltimore's lineup except Jeff Conine to get a no-decision in his major league debut Sunday and Juan Gonzalez had two RBIs for Cleveland.

The 20-year-old Sabathia gave up a three-run homer to Conine in the first inning, but later showed off his 99 mph fastball and lived up to the hype. He allowed three runs and three hits in 5 2-3 innings, walked two and struck out three.

Ellis Burks and Russell Branyan hit solo homers for the Indians.

Justin Speier (1-0) earned the win and Bob Wickman got his second save.

Calvin Maduro (0-1) took the loss.

Tigers 5, White Sox 3

CHICAGO -- David Wells (1-1) gave up five runs and 11 hits in eight innings, and Deivi Cruz and Tony Clark drove in two runs apiece for Detroit.

The victory gave the Tigers their first three-game sweep at Comiskey Park since August 1991. It also dropped the White Sox, the defending AL Central champs, three games below .500 for the first time since the end of the 1999 season. Jeff Weaver (1-1) continued his mastery of the White Sox, giving up just five hits in seven scoreless innings. Todd Jones, pitching for the fourth straight day, got two outs for his third save.

Yankees 16, Blue Jays 5

NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada hit a first-inning grand slam, the first of his career, and Roger Clemens (2-0) and New York went on to rout Toronto.

New York, which had lost two straight to the Blue Jays after opening with three wins over Kansas City, took a 12-0 lead in the third inning. Toronto had gotten just 10 outs by the time every Yankees starter scored.

Royals 15, Twins 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Mark Quinn had a career-high five RBIs and A.J. Hinch's three-run homer capped a seven-run third inning as Kansas City pounded Minnesota.

Rangers 5, Mariners 4

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Randy Velarde hit a solo homer off Jose Paniagua (0-1) with one out in the eighth inning as Texas beat Seattle to avoid a three-game sweep. Mark McLemore had tied the game at 4 in the top of the eighth with a two-out, two-run homer off Mike Venafro (1-0), the first pinch-hit homer by the Mariners since Matt Mieske hit one in 1999.

Angels 6, Athletics 4

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Benji Gil had a career-high four hits and drove in two runs as Anaheim defeated Oakland.

Scott Schoeneweis (1-1) pitched six strong innings as the Angels won two of three from the defending AL West champions. Schoeneweis allowed three runs, three hits, and six walks.

National League

Pirates 9, Astros 3

HOUSTON -- Aramis Ramirez homered three times in his first three at-bats, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Houston Astros 9-3 Sunday.

Ramirez drove in a career-high six runs. He tied the team record for home runs in a game, becoming the first Pittsburgh player to do it since Darnell Coles against the Chicago Cubs on Sept. 20, 1987.

Expos 5, Mets 2

MONTREAL -- Chris Peters pitched five effective innings and the Montreal Expos roughed up Al Leiter to complete a three-game sweep of the New York Mets. The Mets, who will raise their NL championship banner on Monday in their home opener against Atlanta, lost outfielders Benny Agbayani and Timo Perez to injuries.

Marlins 6, Braves 1

MIAMI -- Matt Clement allowed four hits in eight innings for his first win for Florida and the Marlins tied a club record with four home runs in a victory over the Atlanta Braves.

Padres 11, Rockies 3

DENVER -- Phil Nevin homered and drove in five runs, and Brian Tollberg pitched eight strong innings to lead the San Diego Padres over Colorado.

Nevin broke a 3-all tie in the sixth, greeting reliever Craig Dingman with a 453-foot shot for his third homer of the season. Ahead of him, Damian Jackson had walked and Mike Darr singled, both off Horacio Estrada (0-1).

Brewers 8, Reds 4

MILWAUKEE -- Geoff Jenkins and Richie Sexson homered on consecutive pitches and the Milwaukee Brewers completed a three-game sweep of the Cincinnati Reds with a victory in the first open-roof game at Miller Park. The Brewers became the first team to open a new ballpark with a sweep since the Atlanta Braves took three from the Chicago Cubs at Turner Field in 1997.

Phillies 3, Cubs 1

PHILADELPHIA -- Robert Person allowed one run in seven innings and helped himself with a three-run double as the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Chicago Cubs.

Person (1-0) allowed four hits, struck out five, walked two and became the first Phillies pitcher to last through the sixth inning Ricky Bottalico pitched a perfect eighth and Jose Mesa pitched the ninth to record his second save in three opportunities. this season.



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