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Martinez tires after too many pitches

Updated: October 17, 2003, 2:46 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The Boston Red Sox wanted Pedro Martinez on the mound for the big game.

They held him back so he would be rested. They left him in when he struggled, knowing he was still their best hope.

And when he pitched out of a seventh-inning jam to protect a 5-2 lead, it looked as though Martinez had delivered another playoff clincher for the Red Sox.

The big mistake was letting him come back out in the eighth.

Martinez ran out of gas after 123 high-pressure pitches on Thursday ...

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