Series: Game 3 of 3

Boston won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 4
Game 2: Saturday, April 5
Game 3: Sunday, April 6

Red Sox 12

(5-2, 5-2 away)

Orioles 2

(2-4, 2-4 home)

    1:35 PM ET, April 6, 2003

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: T. Wakefield (1-0)

    L: R. Lopez (0-1)

    Red Sox get best of Lopez this time

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- Shea Hillenbrand is off to another spectacular start, and so are the Boston Red Sox.

    Hillenbrand homered, doubled twice and had a career-high six RBIs as the Red Sox beat nemesis Rodrigo Lopez and the Baltimore Orioles 12-2 Sunday.

    Hillenbrand has 15 RBI in seven games, a pace that puts him way ahead of his 23 RBI last April and the 83 he totaled in 2002.

    "The last two years I've been hot. I've come into spring training prepared and it's just a matter of carrying it on,'' he said. "Last year I kind of took it into July.''

    By winning two of three from Baltimore and going 3-1 at Tampa Bay, Boston has won its first two road series for only the fifth time in franchise history.

    "We're 5-2. We feel good about that,'' manager Grady Little said.

    Hillenbrand is merely one of several streaking hitters for a team that has scored an AL-leading 55 runs.

    Nomar Garciaparra homered, scored four runs and fell a single short of the cycle. He doubled in the first inning, tripled in the third, walked in the fifth and hit a two-run shot in the sixth.

    Bidding to become the 20th Boston player to hit for the cycle, Garciaparra flied out in the eighth.

    "I was just thinking about putting the ball in play like I was all day. Just make contact,'' he said.

    Manny Ramirez drove in two runs and extended his hitting streak to 20 games, matching a career best.

    Tim Wakefield (1-0) allowed two runs and four hits in six innings. The knuckleballer walked three and struck out three.

    "It makes my job easier when you have a big lead,'' he said. "If they can score that many runs for me every time, I'll be happy.''

    Wakefield is 1-0 with a 5.73 ERA, and teammate Pedro Martinez is 0-0 with an 0.60 ERA in two starts.

    "Maybe he's pitching on the wrong day,'' Wakefield said with a grin.

    The Red Sox scored eight runs against Lopez (0-1), who went 4-0 with a 2.48 ERA against Boston as a rookie last year. This time, he yielded nine hits and three walks in 4 2-3 innings.

    "He threw a lot of strikes; he just didn't have much command of his pitches,'' manager Mike Hargrove said. "His slider wasn't working; the only thing he had was his fastball and changeup.''

    Lopez was particularly ineffective against Garciaparra, who was flawless in four trips against the right-hander to improve to 7-for-14.

    "He is always tough for me, but today I felt like I could not get him out,'' Lopez said.

    Jay Gibbons homered for the Orioles, who went 2-4 on their opening homestand.

    "I'm not pleased with the results, but I'm pleased with the effort from everyone concerned,'' Hargrove said. "It's something to build on.''

    Up 4-1, the Red Sox pulled away with a four-run fifth. After Kevin Millar doubled in a run, Lopez issued an intentional walk to Trot Nixon to load the bases before Hillenbrand grounded a three-run double inside the third base line.

    Garciaparra hit his second home run of the season off Rick Bauer, and Gibbons homered in the Orioles' half.

    Hillenbrand capped his big day with a two-run shot off Kerry Ligtenberg in the ninth.

    Boston went up 1-0 in the first on successive two-out doubles by Garciaparra and Ramirez. Doubles by Nixon and Hillenbrand and an RBI single by Jeremy Giambi made it 3-0 in the second.

    Garciaparra led off the third with a triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Ramirez. Brook Fordyce doubled in a run in the Orioles' half.

    Game notes

    Giambi's RBI single ended a 1-for-16 skid. ... Bauer retired the first 14 batters he faced this season before walking Todd Walker ahead of Garciaparra in the sixth. ... Orioles SS Jose Morban made his major league debut, entering as a defensive replacement in the eighth and going 0-for-1.

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