Series: Game 1 of 4

Boston leads 1-0 (as of 9/16)

Game 1: Monday, September 16
Cleveland 1Final
Boston 6
Game 2: Monday, September 16
Cleveland 7Final
Boston 1
Game 3: Tuesday, September 17
Cleveland 2Final
Boston 4
Game 4: Wednesday, September 18
Cleveland 6Final
Boston 4

Indians 1

(66-84, 30-42 away)

Red Sox 6

(85-64, 39-36 home)

    1:05 PM ET, September 16, 2002

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    W: P. Martinez (19-4)

    L: R. Rodriguez (2-2)

    Pedro lowers ERA to 2.23; Indians gain split

    BOSTON (AP) -- Only a rain delay could knock Pedro Martinez out of a game against Cleveland.

    Pedro Martinez

    Pedro Martinez didn't need any help from above to win his 19th. He gave up two hits to the Indians in five innings.

    Martinez was once again sharp against the Indians, combining with three relievers on a four-hitter as the Boston Red Sox posted a 6-1 victory in the opener of a day-night doubleheader Monday.

    In the second game, Brian Tallet pitched six shutout innings in his major league debut and Travis Fryman hit a three-run homer to lift Cleveland to a 7-1 victory and a split of their day-night doubleheader.

    Boston's defeat cut the New York Yankees' magic number in the American League East to four.

    Martinez left Fenway Park in uniform after the game to get something to eat, then returned for the second game.

    He called himself a "picky eater'' who rarely dines on clubhouse food.

    "I went home to eat,'' Martinez said with a smile. "Yes, I was nice and clean. I took a shower.''

    Other players left the ballpark between games, too, a Red Sox spokesperson said. There was no buffet set up in the clubhouse after the first game.

    Martinez (19-4), who raised his career record to 9-1 against the Indians with a 1.78 ERA, continued his pursuit of his second career 20-win season and his fourth Cy Young award.

    He was removed after pitching five innings with the Red Sox leading 3-0 following a one-hour, 12-minute rain delay.

    ''That kind of sealed the deal,'' Boston manager Grady Little said. ''Had we not (had the lead), there might have been more discussion on what to do after the rain delay.''

    As the rain started falling in the fifth, catcher Jason Varitek said there was an urgency to get the inning over, making it a legal game and leaving Martinez in line for the victory.

    "I had shown the Cleveland Indians a lot of breaking balls early in the game,'' said Martinez, who threw all fastballs in the fifth. "I thought they were going to be swinging. Pedro throws a strike and a lot of rookies are going to be swinging.''

    ''We were thinking that might be it for the day,'' Varitek said.

    Martinez, who has won 12 of his past 14 decisions, gave up two hits, walked one and struck out four in lowering his major league-best ERA to 2.23. He is 10-2 with a 1.29 ERA since July 1.

    ''He can go out there and goof around and make you look sick,'' said Indians third baseman Bill Selby, who had one of the Indians' two hits off Martinez.

    Manny Ramirez hit his 32nd homer, a two-run shot, and Nomar Garciaparra went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two singles for the Red Sox.

    Ramirez, whose average remained at .340, was 1-for-3 and has hit safely in 31 of his last 36 games.

    ''Personally, that's as good of a string as I've seen him put together,'' Little said.

    Martinez, in a tight race with teammate Derek Lowe and Oakland's Barry Zito for his fourth Cy Young Award, only allowed doubles to Coco Crisp -- the first batter of the game -- and Selby with two outs in the fifth.

    ''We got that first double, then -- that's Pedro,'' Cleveland manager Joel Skinner said.

    The game was delayed after Cleveland was retired in the fifth, and when play resumed Martinez was done for the day.

    Cleveland immediately rallied against reliever Wayne Gomes in the sixth, getting two runners on before Karim Garcia and Ben Broussard flied out.

    Alan Embree pitched the eighth and Willie Banks pitched the ninth, allowing a double to Selby.

    Ramirez's homer came in a three-run sixth that gave Boston a 6-0 lead. Brian Daubach added a run-scoring single.

    The Red Sox took the lead with a three-run fourth against Ricardo Rodriguez (2-2). With the bases loaded, third baseman Selby made a diving stop on Lou Merloni's grounder and fired wildly past first. Merloni was credited with a hit and RBI, and a second run scored on Selby's error. Shea Hillenbrand's bases-loaded, run-scoring single made it 3-0.

    Crisp scored Earl Snyder on a fielder's choice grounder in the seventh.

    Crisp hit a ground-rule double on third pitch of the game, but Martinez retired 14 of the next 15 hitters he faced, allowing only a walk to Selby, before Selby's double.

    Game notes

    Martinez and Lowe have 39 combined victories, most in the American League and second best in the majors behind Arizona's Curt Schilling and Randy Johnson's 45. ... Rodriguez nearly hit Daubach in the head with a fastball before he ducked back and the ball grazed his hand. ... Broussard dropped a flyball in the left-field corner for an error. ... Garciaparra's doubles gives him a career-high 52. ... The game was a makeup from a June 27 rainout. Paid attendance was a near-capacity 30,023, though Fenway Park was only about a third full.

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