Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/18)

Game 1: Friday, May 17
Seattle 6Final
Boston 3
Game 2: Saturday, May 18
Seattle 1Final
Boston 4
Game 3: Sunday, May 19
Seattle 2Final
Boston 3

Mariners 1

(29-13, 17-4 away)

Red Sox 4

(28-11, 11-7 home)

    1:05 PM ET, May 18, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: P. Martinez (6-0)

    L: J. Baldwin (3-4)

    S: U. Urbina (13)

    Martinez goes eight strong; Sox keep best record

    BOSTON (AP) -- Rain, cold and the Seattle Mariners didn't stop Pedro Martinez from dominating the AL West leaders again.

    Pedro Martinez

    Pedro Martinez has allowed a combined two runs over his last two starts, both wins over the Mariners.

    In the worst conditions he ever recalls pitching in, Martinez improved to 10-0 with a 0.94 ERA in 10 starts against the Mariners as the Boston Red Sox won 4-1 Saturday.

    "The guy can pitch," Seattle manager Lou Piniella said. "Whether it's the Mojave Desert or an igloo in Alaska, what's the difference?"

    There was nothing different about the outcome, but Martinez couldn't explain his perfect record against the team with the second best record in the majors, 29-13. Boston (28-11) is first.

    "I just go out there and try my best," he said. "I always had the support of my teammates who always seem to be right on top of their game at the time we've played them and I'm pitching."

    Martinez (6-0) struck out nine in eight innings and allowed six hits and no walks as he lowered his ERA from 3.09 to 2.80. Of his 99 pitches, 74 were strikes. He went to a three-ball count only three times on 29 batters.

    And, in the first, he struck out the side on just nine pitches, the first Red Sox pitcher to do that and the 35th in major league history.

    "Coming out of the bullpen, you're pretty warmed up and you just want to let it go right away," he said. "I knew it would take them a little while before they got loose. So I took advantage of that."

    Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 14 chances.

    The game was played despite a downpour that started before dawn and ended about an hour after the scheduled start. The delay lasted 2 hours, 5 minutes, as both teams wanted to get the game in since Seattle's last regular season game in Fenway Park is scheduled for Sunday.

    "I felt comfortable on the mound, but the conditions were terrible, awfully cold," Martinez said.

    When the game started, the temperature was 41 degrees and winds were from the northwest at 23 mph. The grass had puddles but the mound was dry. Boston manager Grady Little decided to go with Martinez once he knew the game wouldn't be delayed after it started.

    "It's hard to get loose and to stay loose," Boston catcher Jason Varitek said. "Both pitchers pitched very well in those conditions."

    The Red Sox took a 3-0 lead for the second straight day, but this time they held it. One night after Seattle's 6-3 win, Martinez made sure the Red Sox kept the best record in the majors.

    The Red Sox scored twice in the first off James Baldwin (3-4) on doubles by Jose Offerman and Nomar Garciaparra and a single by Brian Daubach.

    "If you give up a couple of runs," said Baldwin, who lost to Martinez six days earlier in Seattle, "that's a lot of runs against a pitcher like Pedro."

    Trot Nixon, in his first at-bat since serving a four-game suspension, hit his fifth homer of the season on the second pitch of the second. He was suspended for releasing his bat in the direction of Tampa Bay pitcher Ryan Rupe on May 5 after Rupe hit two batters with pitches.

    "A kid that plays that hard, a lot of his energy transfers to a lot of other people," Little said.

    Ruben Sierra's leadoff homer in the fourth made it 3-1. Boston added a run in the fifth on a walk to Garciaparra and singles by Shea Hillenbrand and Carlos Baerga.

    After striking out the side in the first, Martinez set down the side in order in the second without allowing a ball out of the infield.

    "Look, he's the best pitcher in baseball. What can you say?" Piniella said.

    Martinez allowed singles to Carlos Guillen and Ichiro Suzuki in the third but got Mark McLemore to end the threat with a flyout to center. After Sierra's homer in the fourth, Martinez retired the next three batters.

    In the fifth, he allowed a single to Ben Davis and struck out two.

    In the next two innings, Martinez was helped by double plays. Sierra hit into one in the sixth after McLemore's single. In the seventh, Mike Cameron was hit by a pitch but was doubled off second after first baseman Offerman caught a liner.

    So Martinez remained unbeaten against the Mariners.

    "10-0," Piniella said. "We're due."

    Game notes

    Hillenbrand has a 12-game hitting streak. ... Martinez is 6-0 for the second straight year. Last season he didn't win after May and, troubled by shoulder problems, was 7-3. ... Every Red Sox batter got a hit except 2B Rey Sanchez.

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