Final

Series: Game 3 of 4

Boston leads 3-0 (as of 9/22)

Game 1: Friday, September 20
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Baltimore 2
Game 2: Saturday, September 21
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Baltimore 0
Game 3: Sunday, September 22
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Baltimore 2
Game 4: Monday, September 23
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in 15
Baltimore 4

Red Sox 13

(89-66, 49-28 away)

Orioles 2

(67-88, 34-43 home)

    1:35 PM ET, September 22, 2002

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: P. Martinez (20-4)

    L: S. Ponson (7-8)

    Red Sox smack five homers in rout

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- As another disappointing and unfulfilling season winds down for the Boston Red Sox, the triumphant return of Pedro Martinez stands out as perhaps the team's biggest highlight.

    Pedro Martinez

    Pedro Martinez wins 20 games in a season for only the second time in his career.

    Martinez earned his 20th win, and Trot Nixon hit a grand slam as the Red Sox cruised past the Baltimore Orioles 13-2 Sunday.

    Sitting in front of Martinez's locker after the game were three balloons, two of which had the numbers 2 and 0. There was also a bottle of expensive champagne and a fruit basket.

    The victory kept Boston mathematically alive in the AL wild-card race, but the Red Sox long ago reached the point where the focus is on individual success.

    On this day, Martinez was recognized for his accomplishments over an entire season.

    Martinez (20-4) has won three Cy Young Awards, but this is only his second 20-win season. It comes after an injury-plagued year in which he won only seven games while battling a sore shoulder.

    "I remember having flashbacks to spring training and you guys asking me every day, `Are you going to be able to throw the next day?' Today is the day I'm very thankful for the way things have come along,'' he said.

    Martinez joined Derek Lowe (21-7) to give Boston its first pair of 20-game winners since 1949, when Mel Parnell (25-7) and Ellis Kinder (23-6) accomplished the feat.

    "To become a 20-game winner with Lowe really means a lot to me,'' Martinez said. "I don't have any way to say thanks to God for keeping me healthy.''

    Lowe, Nomar Garciaparra and Manny Ramirez have enjoyed outstanding seasons, but the comeback of Martinez proved to be inspirational to the entire team.

    "We wanted to win this game for Pedro,'' said Johnny Damon, who homered twice.

    After giving up two runs and four hits in the first, Martinez blanked the Orioles on three hits over the next five innings before leaving with Boston up 8-2.

    The right-hander struck out six and walked one. He's 7-1 lifetime against Baltimore, including 4-0 with a 1.88 ERA this season.

    Martinez said that winning 20 in a comeback season makes this the most notable year of his illustrious career.

    "The one I'm most proud of is this one. The one I really get satisfaction from is this one,'' he said. "It doesn't matter what the other ones are. The other ones are good seasons, but I was healthy. I never knew what being hurt was like.''

    And the Red Sox had no idea how he would rebound from last year's disappointment.

    "We went through opening day and there were still questions. There were questions through a lot of his outings early in the year,'' Boston manager Grady Little said. "But he aggressively got better and better.''

    Damon, Nomar Garciaparra and Cliff Floyd homered in a five-run seventh that virtually assured Martinez of his third straight win.

    Damon added a solo shot in the eighth for his fourth career two-homer game. Nixon completed the rout in the ninth with his fifth career slam and second this season.

    Jeff Conine had two hits and an RBI for the Orioles, who have lost five straight and 25 of 29.

    The Red Sox led 3-2 before pulling away in the seventh. Rey Sanchez singled off Sidney Ponson (7-8) and Damon followed with a shot over the right-field wall. One out later, Garciaparra hit No. 23, and after Ramirez singled to chase Ponson, Floyd homered off B.J. Ryan.

    "Sidney got a couple of balls up for home runs, and we couldn't stop the bleeding after that,'' Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said.

    Boston got a run in the first when Damon walked and scored on a single by Ramirez.

    The Orioles answered in the bottom half, opening with four straight hits to take a 2-1 lead. Jerry Hairston and Chris Singleton hit successive doubles, Conine followed with an RBI single and Tony Batista singled before Martinez finally settled down.

    Shea Hillenbrand put the Red Sox up for good with a two-out, two-run double in the second.

    Hairston and Conine singled in the fifth and moved up to second and third with two outs before Martinez retired Jay Gibbons on a routine fly to center.

    Game notes


    Martinez's only other 20-win season was in 1999 (23-4). ... Baltimore has given up at least one run in the first inning in four straight games and five of six. ... Batista ended an 0-for-13 slump with his first-inning single. ... Baltimore SS Mike Bordick got the day off, leaving his string of 103 errorless games intact. ... Martinez is 19-2 against the AL.

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