Series: Game 1 of 5

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 7/1)

Game 1: Monday, July 1
Toronto 0Final
Boston 4
Game 2: Tuesday, July 2
Toronto 1Final
Boston 2
Game 3: Tuesday, July 2
Toronto 4Final
Boston 6
Game 4: Wednesday, July 3
Toronto 2Final
Boston 5
Game 5: Thursday, July 4
Toronto 5Final
Boston 9

Blue Jays 0

(33-46, 16-22 away)

Red Sox 4

(47-31, 19-19 home)

    7:05 PM ET, July 1, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: P. Martinez (10-2)

    L: S. Parris (0-2)

    Martinez dominant over eight shutout innings

    BOSTON (AP) -- Just when Pedro Martinez is pitching consistently like an All-Star, he's decided not to be one.

    Pedro Martinez

    Pedro Martinez has 34 strikeouts and three wins in his last three starts.

    He struck out 14 in eight innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-0 Monday night. Then he said being ready to help his team in the second half of the season is more important than pitching for the AL All-Stars, so he declined the invitation.

    ''It's a perfect time for me to take a little break and make sure I continue to be the way I have,'' he said, ''because I wouldn't trade a World Series for an All-Star.''

    Boston's second win in nine games moved it within 1 games of the first-place New York Yankees in the AL East on a day when the Yankees may have picked up something more important.

    They obtained Raul Mondesi from the Blue Jays before the game for minor league left-hander Scott Wiggins as Toronto dumped salary and continued its rebuilding process. New York, idle Monday, plays Cleveland at Yankee Stadium on Tuesday with Mondesi expected to be in uniform.

    Martinez (10-2) said he wished the Yankees didn't get Mondesi, ''but for Mondesi, I feel great. He's a very close friend and I know he needs a winning team. I would have loved to have him here.''

    The Red Sox finally got production from Tony Clark, who has been in a season-long slump. He had a double and single and drove in two runs off Steve Parris (0-2). But he's hitting only .216 and has just one homer since he connected on Opening Day in a 12-11 loss to Toronto in which Martinez gave up eight runs in three innings.

    ''I'm not naive enough to think the light gets turned off and turned on that easily,'' said Clark, signed as a free agent after seven seasons with Detroit. ''It was one night where I had some at bats where the balls found some holes.''

    He provided more than enough offense for Martinez, who threw 117 pitches. Alan Embree retired the side in order in the ninth.

    Martinez missed much of last season with a shoulder injury and has adjusted his pitching style to use fewer fastballs. He won his first seven decisions, then went 0-2 in his next four starts. Since then, he's 3-0 with 34 strikeouts and one walk in three starts.

    ''I'm not as strong as I want to feel or as I have been,'' he said. Declining the All-Star invitation ''is the smartest thing to do at this point.''

    Mondesi was in the original lineup and was replaced in the third spot by Eric Hinske. The rookie third baseman went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. Martinez got five straight outs on strikeouts when he struck out the side in the fifth and fanned the first two batters in the sixth.

    ''The '27 Yankees couldn't hit that guy tonight,'' Toronto manager Carlos Tosca said. ''He had a great feel for what he wants to do to a hitter. He exploits the hitters.''

    Martinez gave up seven hits and used strikeouts to get out of three of the four innings in which Toronto put men in scoring position.

    With two outs in the second, Wells doubled before Pedro Swann was called out on strikes. With runners at first and second and two outs in the fourth, Wells struck out swinging and Swann grounded out. After Dave Berg's leadoff double in the eighth he got Shannon Stewart on a groundout before striking out Jose Cruz Jr. and Hinske.

    ''That's the best I've ever seen him,'' Stewart said. ''I've always been able to pick up his ball. Tonight, he was lights out.''

    The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead in the second on singles by Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon and a two-run single by Clark.

    They made it 3-0 in the fourth when they loaded the bases on a walk to Varitek, a double by Clark and a walk to Johnny Damon. Varitek scored when Lou Merloni grounded into a forceout at second.

    Boston made it 4-0 in the sixth when Nixon doubled. Clark walked and when the last pitch got by Darrin Fletcher, Nixon slid into third on a wild pitch. Nixon then scored on Damon's groundout.

    Game notes

    With two outs in the seventh, Felipe Lopez was thrown out trying to steal third by Varitek. ... Boston 2B Carlos Baerga left the game with a strained left hamstring. He hurt himself while running out a groundout in the bottom of the third. ... Martinez struck out at least 10 batters for the sixth time this season, 57th with the Red Sox and 84th in his career. ... Martinez and Derek Lowe (11-4) gave the Red Sox more than one 10-game winner at the All-Star break since Martinez, Tim Wakefield and Bret Saberhagen did it in 1998. ... Boston's 10 shutouts lead the majors, while Toronto was blanked for only the third time.

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