Brian Lawrence pitched five innings of shutout ball Wednesday
night and the San Diego Padres took advantage of three Boston
errors to beat the Red Sox 8-1 and spoil Garciaparra's return from
a heel injury.
A rundown of what Nomar Garciaparra did in his two at-bats on Wednesday:
2nd inning: Singled to left field. 4th inning: Lined out to left field.
"People were excited to see him. We were excited to have him,"
Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "He swung the bat good.
Obviously, he'll do a great job."Garciaparra missed the first 57 games of the season with
Achilles tendinitis, but he returned to a rousing cheer from the
sold-out crowd at Fenway. The All-Star waved and saluted the fans
when he took his position in the first and got a standing ovation
when he singled in his first at-bat of the 2004 season."The ovation they gave me was incredible," Garciaparra said.
"I deeply and truly appreciate it. I can't thank them enough."Neither Garciaparra nor Lawrence (8-3) remained in the game
after a rain delay of 2 hours, 21 minutes in the middle of the
sixth. Only a few thousand fans stayed for the end of the game at
12:12 a.m. EDT.Lawrence allowed five hits and struck out five to win for the
sixth time in seven decisions; he has not allowed more than one
earned run in any of his last three starts."I've always been kind of under the radar. That's a good place
for me," he said. "It's nice for me to come in and surprise
people."Mark Loretta had three hits and scored twice, Brian Giles had
two hits and walked twice and Khalil Greene had three hits and a
pair of RBI for the Padres.San Diego led 4-0 when the game was delayed, and Phil Nevin
added a two-run homer in the seventh to help put the game away.Bronson Arroyo (2-4) allowed two runs -- one earned -- on six hits
in five innings. Still, it was an improvement over his two previous
outings in which he allowed 11 earned runs in nine innings.Garciaparra finished 1-for-2, and played a role in a key play in
the field.The game was scoreless in the fifth when Loretta singled with
two out and Greene on first. Giles hit a grounder to Garciaparra's
right and the shortstop made a nice play to get to it, but his
throw to first bounced and Andy Dominique couldn't handle it.Dominique picked up the ball and threw home to try to get
Greene, but the throw sailed high and wide and went into the seats
for an error that allowed Loretta to score and make it 2-0.Tim Wakefield started the sixth for Boston, allowing two more
runs before the delay came mid-inningWith one out, Terrence Long reached on second baseman Mark
Bellhorn's error, and went to third on Ramon Hernandez's single.
Xavier Nady's groundout scored Long and Greene singled to make it
4-0. Wakefield got Sean Burroughs to end the inning, and then the
grounds crew came out to cover the infield.Johnny Damon hit a solo homer in the eighth to help the Red Sox
avoid their first shutout of the year.<
Greene stole his first base of the season ... During
the rain delay, fans were cleared out of the Green Monster seats
because of concerns about lightning. ... Manny Ramirez singled in
the fourth to snap an 0-for-8 skid. ... Kevin Millar, who had one
hit in his previous 14 at-bats, was 2-for-2.