Mike Lowell and Alex Gonzalez homered to back rookie Jon Lester
on Tuesday night and the Red Sox beat New York 9-4 for their 10th
consecutive victory -- all in interleague play. Martinez, who won
two Cy Young awards and a World Series in Boston, will try to end
his former team's streak on Wednesday when he starts at Fenway Park
for the first time as a visitor.
Red Sox rookie Jon Lester earned his third win without a loss in four starts. Lester recorded inning-ending strikeouts with the bases loaded in consecutive innings: Chris Woodward in the fourth, David Wright in the fifth. Only one other rookie has done that over the last four seasons, and he did it just nine days ago: Josh Johnson of the Marlins.• For more Elias Says, Click here.
"It will be a little distracting" to face Martinez, said Red
Sox slugger David Ortiz, who greeted Martinez when he visited the
Boston clubhouse before the game. "I'll swing hard just in case I
hit the ball."Martinez was treated to a highlights video after the first
inning, and the fans called him out of the Mets dugout with a
standing ovation and chants of "Pedro!" He popped to the top step
to wave and mime a hug."It was emotional -- unless you don't have a heart," he said.
"It was better than I thought. I thought some people would still
be bitter."Lester (3-0) eked out five innings, allowing two runs and four
hits with five walks -- one with the bases loaded. He struck out
Chris Woodward with the bases loaded in the fourth and fanned David
Wright on a 3-2 curveball with the bases loaded in the fifth,
hopping off the mound and punching the air as he left the field."It definitely helps your confidence when you do work out of
it," he said. "I wish I hadn't had to go through it, but in the
long run this will be good."Carlos Beltran went 2-for-2 with two walks and a homer, and
Carlos Delgado and Eli Marrero also homered for the Mets. Alay
Soler (2-2) gave up eight runs and 10 hits and walked three in 4
1-3 innings."I was behind every hitter," Soler said. "I was trying to
make my pitches to the bottom of the lineup, and the guys I needed
to get out I couldn't."The Red Sox swept three-game series against the Braves,
Nationals and Phillies -- all teams with double-digit deficits in
the NL East -- and improved to 12-1 in interleague play. But Boston
was expecting a bigger challenge when the first-place Mets came to
town.Soler had only allowed four earned runs in his previous three
starts before running into trouble from the start on Tuesday,
throwing 42 pitches in the first inning.Kevin Youkilis doubled to lead off the first, Manny Ramirez
walked with two outs and they scored on Jason Varitek's double.
Gonzalez doubled and scored in the second, and Boston made it 5-2
in the fourth when rookie left fielder Lastings Milledge lost
Ramirez's fly ball in the lights for a two-run double.In the fifth, Lowell homered with one out, Coco Crisp singled
and Gonzalez followed with a two-run shot that made it 8-2.
Gonzalez, Boston's No. 9 hitter, is 13-for-29 over his last seven
games.The Mets left the bases loaded in the fourth and fifth, and gave
away another run when Jose Reyes was thrown out at the plate for
the second out in the fifth, crumpling to the ground after
colliding with Varitek.Reyes stayed on the dirt in obvious pain while the Mets trainers
attended to him; after a few minutes, he walked off cradling his
left arm. But he took the field for the bottom of the fifth.
The Red Sox went their 14th game without an error, the
longest streak in the majors this season. The AL record is 15. ...
In a pregame ceremony, the Red Sox honored the 1986 AL champion
team that blew a chance to win the World Series against the Mets
when Mookie Wilson's grounder went between Bill Buckner's legs.
Former Mets 1B Keith Hernandez, now a broadcaster with the team,
watched the ceremony on television from the media dining room. ...
Delgado's 390th career homer tied Graig Nettles for 46th on the
all-time list. ... Boston OF Wily Mo Pena (hand) is scheduled to
for a minor-league rehab stint later in the week. LHP David Wells
(knee) is expected to join the Red Sox in Tampa Bay next week. ...
Mets RF Xavier Nady left the game with a bruised left wrist after
getting hit by a pitch in the sixth.