DETROIT (AP) -- The Boston bullpen again prevented Pedro Martinez
from getting a win. It didn't stop the Red Sox from moving closer
to first place.
Todd Jones pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the 10th and
Johnny Damon singled home the go-ahead run in the 11th as the Red
Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 Saturday night for their fifth
Boston moved within one game of the first-place New York Yankees
in the AL East. The Red Sox have made up three games in the past
Jones (2-0) loaded the bases after a triple by Andres Torres and
two intentional walks, but struck out three in a scoreless 10th
inning for the victory.
"We're in a pennant race and I got to throw in a tight
situation," Jones said. "I'm a former closer, so I've been in
tough situations. I just concentrated on throwing my pitches."
In the 11th, Kevin Millar doubled off Fernando Rodney (0-1) with
one out and went to third on a passed ball. After Bill Mueller
walked, Millar scored on Damon's single. Mueller, who went to third
on the hit, scored on Jason Varitek's sacrifice fly to deep center.
Byung-Hyun Kim got three outs for his fifth save in five
Martinez allowed four hits, struck out eight, walked one and
threw two wild pitches. He allowed a leadoff triple to Alex
Sanchez, then retired 15 Tigers in a row until Matt Walbeck doubled
to start the sixth.
Damon, who had three hits, got the Red Sox on the scoreboard
with a fifth-inning homer. Detroit tied it in the sixth when
Sanchez's sacrifice fly scored Walbeck.
Trot Nixon hit his 14th homer in the top of the eighth, and
Martinez left leading 2-1. But the Boston bullpen cost Martinez a
win for the fifth time this season when Alan Embree gave up a
two-out RBI double to Carlos Pena in the bottom half.
"He's pitched well all year," Embree said of Martinez. "He's
6-2, but he could easily be 12-2. It's disappointing. It seems that
every year there's a pitcher this happens to. It's unfortunate that
it's happening to the best pitcher in the league."
Detroit starter Matt Roney struck out a career-high seven in 6
2-3 innings. He gave up one run and four hits.
^Notes:@ Boston OF Manny Ramirez will not play in the All-Star game
next week due to a sore left hamstring. He was replaced by Magglio
Ordonez of the Chicago White Sox. Ramirez was the designated hitter
Saturday and went 1-for-5 with a single. ... Detroit's first four
hits went for extra bases, including three doubles. ... Little said
before the game that pitcher Casey Fossum and outfielder Jeremy
Giambi, both on minor league rehab assignments, will be recalled
during or shortly after the All-Star break. ... Red Sox SS Nomar
Garciaparra, who went 0-for-5, is 2-for-34 in his last eight games.
... Damon's homer was his first since June 13 at Kansas City. ...
Detroit's Craig Monroe ended an 0-for-12 skid with a seventh-inning