Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 5/3)

Game 1: Friday, May 2
Game 2: Saturday, May 3
Game 3: Sunday, May 4

Twins 1

(14-15, 8-8 away)

Red Sox 9

(20-10, 11-3 home)

    1:20 PM ET, May 3, 2003

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: P. Martinez (3-1)

    L: T. Fiore (1-1)

    Martinez strikes out 12 in five-hitter

    BOSTON (AP) -- Pedro Martinez pitched brilliantly again. For a change, his hitters helped him and relievers didn't get a chance to hurt him.

    He pitched his first complete game of the season and benefited from a seven-run sixth inning as the Boston Red Sox beat the Minnesota Twins 9-1 Saturday.

    "That is one of the best games I have ever seen the guy pitch,'' Boston manager Grady Little said. "That ball was darting everywhere.''

    Martinez (3-1) struck out 12, walked none and allowed five hits in his 39th career complete game. He gave up one earned run or less for the fifth time in seven starts. Without the worst start of his career -- 10 earned runs in 4 1/3 innings against Baltimore and a booing from Fenway Park fans -- he's allowed four earned runs in 45 innings, a 0.80 ERA, this season.

    But he entered the game with the lowest run support among Red Sox starters and led only 2-1 before a seven-run burst in the sixth, capped by former Twin David Ortiz's three-run double.

    "He should have about five wins,'' Boston's Johnny Damon said.

    He might if relievers hadn't blown leads in two games. But the bullpen, which squandered a 6-5 lead in the Twins' 11-7 win Friday night, wasn't needed since Martinez threw only 108 pitches and wasn't throwing with his usual velocity.

    "He's learning how to pitch at a different level,'' catcher Jason Varitek said, "moving the ball, getting some ground balls. Pretty good when you have that many strikeouts and you get just barely 100 pitches.''

    He threw just 14 to Jacque Jones, who struck out three times and grounded out.

    "You have to get to him early and we didn't,'' Jones said. "He's not going to allow a big inning.''

    Martinez, who continued his postgame ban on interviews, went to three balls on only four batters and had an efficient stretch when he threw only nine pitches in the fifth, eight in the sixth and six in the seventh. Martinez threw only 31 balls, and the Twins swung at and missed 24 pitches.

    "They rely on making contact,'' Damon said. "They weren't making much contact today.''

    Martinez allowed a single by Corey Koskie in the first, a double by Cristian Guzman and RBI single by Koskie in the third and singles by Todd Sears and Dustan Mohr in the eighth.

    Boston went ahead 1-0 against Rick Reed in the second on a single by Manny Ramirez, a double by Ortiz and a sacrifice fly by Trot Nixon.

    Minnesota tied it in the fourth before Reed left the game in the bottom of the inning after straining his lower back, and the Red Sox reached his replacement, Tony Fiore (1-1), for a run in the fifth.

    Varitek singled and stole second, went to third on a flyout and scored on Todd Walker's single.

    Then Boston gave Martinez a big lead in the sixth.

    "You have to stay close to him,'' Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said. "If you give him a lead, he'll kill you.''

    Ortiz led off with a walk, took third on Kevin Millar's single and scored on Nixon's single. Shea Hillenbrand then hit a potential double play ball to third baseman Koskie. But his throw was dropped by second baseman Luis Rivas, who was charged with an error, loading the bases.

    Millar scored when Varitek grounded into a forceout at second. And Nixon scored on Damon's sacrifice fly.

    Varitek stole second and took third on Walker's infield single. Juan Rincon replaced Fiore and Koskie got an error when Nomar Garciaparra's hard grounder went off his glove, allowing Varitek to score.

    "We missed some plays,'' Gardenhire said, "and when you miss some plays against this offense, they're going to score some runs.''

    Ramirez then walked to load the bases and Ortiz cleared them with his double.

    "It looked kind of funny'' facing the Twins, who let him become a free agent after last season, Ortiz said. "But they let you go for a reason and when you get a chance you want to do well.''

    Game notes

    Boston had 13 hits and has at least 11 in each of its last six games. ... Martinez struck out at least 10 batters for the 89th time in his career and 62nd with Boston. Roger Clemens holds the team record with 68. ... Hillenbrand's hitting streak ended at a career-long 13 games. Every other Boston batter got a hit. ... Martinez retired 12 straight batters before Sears singled in the eighth. ... Nixon had two hits for the fifth straight game. ... Koskie had two hits after going 1-for-13 against Martinez before Saturday.

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