BOSTON (AP) -- Even Pedro Martinez couldn't help the Boston Red
Sox on Wednesday night.
The Orioles scored seven runs off Martinez in his only other
start against them at Fenway this season, on April 15. He gave up a
career-high 10 against Baltimore in Boston's 2003 home opener.
"I don't know," Martinez said when asked to explain
Baltimore's recent success against him. "I guess you have to give
them credit. There's no other way to explain it. Let it go, and say
Pedro gave it up. That's pretty much it. Pedro got shelled."
Boston dropped eight games behind the first-place Yankees in the
AL East. After Boston plays a day-night doubleheader against
Baltimore on Thursday, New York comes to Fenway Park for a
The Red Sox, coming off a 3-3 trip, had won five of their final
six home games before the All-Star game, improving their record at
Fenway Park to 30-15. Boston is 21-26 on the road.
Martinez (10-4) had been 6-0 at Fenway Park this season, and the
Red Sox had been 14-1 since May 19 when Martinez or Curt Schilling
started. Martinez was 6-0 in his previous nine starts.
"I felt like I made some pretty good pitches," Martinez said.
"They just got to it."
He coasted through the first three innings before giving up
three runs each in the fourth and sixth, and two in the seventh.
Martinez gave up nine hits, struck out seven and walked one in 6
2-3 innings. The runs were the most since he allowed since the
career-high 10 on April 12, 2003, and his ERA climbed from 3.64 to
"I wish I could explain it," Baltimore manager Lee Mazzilli
said of his team's hitting against Martinez.
David Newhan was 4-for-5 with an inside-the-park, two-run homer,
a double and two singles, his third four-hit game since the Orioles
signed him June 18. Tejada had a triple and two singles for
Baltimore, which stretched a winning streak to three for the first
time since June 30-July 2.
"We're having a lot of fun," Tejada said. "We didn't win a
lot of games in the first half, so everyone's trying to improve the
final two months."
Erik Bedard (4-4) allowed four runs, five hits and three walks
in six innings, striking out eight.
Baltimore took a 3-0 lead in the fourth on Tejada's liner to
center that Johnny Damon misplayed into a two-run triple and Rafael
Palmeiro's sacrifice fly on a ball that Kapler made a diving catch
on in right.
Kapler tied it in the bottom half with a three-run homer over
the Green Monster.
Tejada's two-run single and Javy Lopez's sacrifice fly put the
Orioles ahead 6-3 in the sixth, but Millar homered in the bottom of
Newhan homered in the seventh on a drive that bounced off the
center-field wall as Damon missed an attempt for a leaping catch.
Damon grabbed the ball on the warning track and threw toward third,
but left fielder Manny Ramirez dived and cut off the ball in short
center. Ramirez then threw to shortstop Mark Bellhorn, who relayed
to catcher Jason Varitek as Newhan slid in safely.
"That was a big mistake and we paid for it," Boston manager
Terry Francona said.
It was Baltimore's first inside-the-park homer since Phil
Bradley's on June 8, 1990, at Memorial Stadium.
"When I got out of the box, I thought it had a chance (to clear
the wall)," said Newhan, who was looking at third base coach Tom
Trebelhorn. "I saw Tom waving and waving. He was waving
tentatively at first, then his eyes got bigger."
Boston obtained INF Ricky Gutierrez from the Chicago Cubs
for a player to be named or cash. INF Pokey Reese was put on the
15-day DL with a strained ribcage, and 3B Kevin Youkilis was
recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket along with LHP Mark Malaska. RHP
Joe Nelson was optioned to Pawtucket. ... Paul Blair had the
Orioles' last inside-the-park homer at Fenway, on Sept. 3, 1973.
... Kapler has homered in three of his last five starts. ...
Tejada's diving catch in shallow center saved a run in the first.