Martinez allowed four runs in the first two innings, but Toronto
closer Kelvim Escobar walked Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon with the
bases loaded in the ninth as the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays
6-4 Tuesday night. Martinez said he struggled early because he didn't have any arm
strength. ``At first when my arm gave up I was scared,'' said Martinez,
whose shoulder problems limited him to 18 starts last season.
``When it started coming back I felt a lot of relief.'' Martinez, who hasn't lost in seven decisions this season, got a
no-decision after allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings.
He struck out seven and walked two. ``I struggled early, but I ended up with a pretty good outing,''
Martinez said. ``I'm fine now. I hope I feel the same way
tomorrow.'' Boston manager Grady Little said it's part of the healing
process. ``This shows the world why we give him the extra time off,''
Little said. ``He got through it. It's a good stepping stone. Next
time he'll get six days rest.'' Jose Offerman hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who rallied
from a 4-0 deficit. Offerman singled off Escobar (1-2) to lead off the ninth. Nomar
Garciaparra followed with a single and Escobar then walked Brian
Daubach to load the bases. Shea Hillenbrand struck out before Escobar walked Varitek for
the go-ahead run. One out later, Escobar walked Nixon, giving
Boston a 6-4 lead. ``We were able to get some key walks off Escobar,'' Daubach
said. ``We sneaked one out.'' Tim Wakefield (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.
Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances. ``Coming back shows the character of this team,'' Wakefield
said. ``Pedro struggled in the first couple of innings, but he gave
us six.'' Toronto has lost five straight and seven of eight. ``It was just an ugly night all around,'' Toronto manager Buck
Martinez said. ``I think Kelvim is just going through a tough
stretch right now.'' After Shannon Stewart led off the first with a single, Martinez
walked Jose Cruz Jr. and later hit Carlos Delgado with a pitch to
load the bases. Rookie Eric Hinske followed with an RBI single and
Darrin Fletcher added an RBI grounder, giving Toronto a 2-0. Martinez walked Vernon Wells leading off the second. Wells stole
second and scored on Dave Berg's RBI single. Berg went to second on
Daubach's throw home. Berg then advanced to third on a flyout and
scored on Cruz's RBI single to make it 4-0. Toronto starter Pete Walker, making his first start in the
majors, looked more like Martinez in the first two innings,
striking out five. Offerman homered off Walker in the third, and Walker didn't
come out for the fourth after reaching 64 pitches. Daubach's RBI single off Brandon Lyon and Shea Hillenbrand's RBI
double tied it at 4 in the seventh.
Boston 2B Rey Sanchez missed his second straight game with
a strained right hamstring. Boston manager Grady Little said
Sanchez will probably play Friday in New York. ... Boston's bullpen
was up both in the second and third innings. ... Paid attendance
was just 13,075. The Toronto Maple Leafs played host to the
Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL's Eastern Conference finals on
Tuesday night. Fans chanted 'Go Leafs Go' when the Leafs tied the
game at 1 late in the third period. The Hurricanes won 2-1 in
overtime. ... The Red Sox have won five straight against Toronto.