Series: Game 1 of 3

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 5/28)

Game 1: Friday, May 28
Game 2: Saturday, May 29
Game 3: Sunday, May 30
in 13

Mariners 4

(17-30, 8-17 away)

Red Sox 8

(30-18, 17-7 home)

7:05 PM ET, May 28, 2004

Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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W: P. Martinez (5-3)

L: J. Pineiro (1-6)

Ortiz hits grand slam in decisive fifth

BOSTON (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox used a delay to the advantage of Pedro Martinez.

Martinez remained undefeated against Seattle, and David Ortiz's grand slam capped a five-run fifth inning to lift the Boston Red Sox to an 8-4 victory over the Mariners on Friday night.

The start was delayed 1 hour, 20 minutes by the threat of rain, which never came. With the delay coming before the start, Martinez didn't have to warm up and take the mound with the chance of another delay.

"I always go out to the dugout when before the starting pitcher starts warming up," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We told Pedro to go out, but not to warm up before I told him so. He knew what was going on."

The home team is in control of the game's start until the lineup cards are exchanged with the umpires at home plate, which allowed the Red Sox to dictate the delay.

"The rain was coming, coming, coming and then it broke up," Francona said. "It would have concerned me more if he had gone out and thrown an inning, then had to sit for 45 minutes."

In the past few years, the team has been very delicate in its handling of Martinez, due to some of the star pitcher's shoulder problems.

"I don't know what the radar looks like, but it certainly seemed like the game could have got going," Seattle manager Bob Melvin said. "But that's up to the powers that be that are in control of that. ... I'm sure there's thought of not wanting to have Pedro go out there and then having to wait for a while, but I don't know."

Manny Ramirez hit his 13th homer for Boston, which has won eight of 10.

Bret Boone and Rich Aurilia each had solo homers for the Mariners.

Martinez (5-3) has won all 13 games he's pitched against the Mariners -- he won once in relief -- but he gave up four runs, the most he's allowed against them. Martinez had a 1.00 ERA coming in against Seattle and he never gave up more than two runs.

"I did stretch my arm," Martinez said of the delay. "Right after I figured I'd go to the (bullpen) mound to do what I have to do, that's when they stopped it."

Martinez's unbeaten mark against Seattle is the best of any active pitcher. Randy Johnson is 12-0 against the Chicago Cubs.

On Friday, Martinez didn't walk a batter and struck out nine, regaining the AL strikeout lead from teammate Curt Schilling with 72. Schilling has 66.

Alan Embree pitched the eighth and Keith Foulke worked the ninth.

Boston erased a 4-1 deficit with its five-run fifth off Joel Pineiro (1-6). Kevin Millar doubled and Kevin Youkilis had consecutive doubles. Following walks to Johnny Damon and Mark Bellhorn that loaded the bases, Ortiz hit his 100th career homer into the Seattle bullpen over leaping right fielder Ichiro Suzuki.

Seattle got the first two runners on in the sixth, but Martinez struck out Aurilia and pinch-hitter Dave Hansen before Randy Winn grounded out.

Edgar Martinez, now 3-for-25 in his career against Pedro Martinez, felt he continues to dominate -- even with noticeably lower velocity.

"He's not throwing as hard as he used to, but he still locates very well," said Martinez, who went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. "We tried to approach him differently, but he adjusts well. He's so smart out there."

Youkilis' two-run double made it 8-4 in the eighth.

The Mariners jumped ahead 1-0 in the second when Boone hit a fastball into the Green Monster seats, but Boston tied it in the bottom half on Ramirez's leadoff drive into the Red Sox bullpen.

Scott Spiezio's sacrifice fly gave Seattle a 2-1 lead in the third.

The Mariners added two runs in the fifth. Rich Aurilia led off with a homer into the Monster seats, his first of the season. Suzuki had an RBI single.

Pineiro, winless in his last seven starts, gave up six runs on six hits in 6 1-3 innings.

Game notes

It was Ortiz's second career grand slam. The other also came in Fenway Park, against Pedro's brother, Ramon Martinez, with Minnesota on Sept. 7, 2000. ... Christy Mathewson (1904-08) and Carl Mays (1918-23) hold the record for wins without losses against an opponent with 24. Mathewson did it against St. Louis and Mays vs. the Philadelphia Athletics. ... Damon was retired in the first, ending of streak of eight straight games that he reached safely in the first inning. ... Suzuki has reached by a hit or walk in 26 consecutive games.

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