It was the first home run of the year for Ortiz, who was batting
.188 when he stepped to the plate as a pinch-hitter.
"It's been kind of tough for me. Sometimes I've been trying to
overdo things. But this one time, I was just trying to see the ball
and hit it,'' Ortiz said. "I didn't try to swing too hard. I was
looking for a pitch to drive. It was a low sinker away, but I saw
it good. I don't pinch-hit that much, but you have to be ready for
Manny Ramirez homered and drove in three runs for the Red Sox.
Pedro Martinez struck out 10 in seven innings and left leading 4-2,
but the beleaguered Boston bullpen cost him a win for the second
time this season -- the other coming on Opening Day.
With Anaheim reliever Scot Shields unavailable because of his
spot start Saturday night, starter Mickey Callaway (1-3) came on in
the 13th and pitched a perfect inning. But Ortiz, batting for
Jeremy Giambi, drove a 2-0 pitch the other way into the left-field
bullpen for the first hit in 10-bats by Boston pinch-hitters this
"It was disappointing. It was a good situation for me to show
them what I can do out of the bullpen. Unfortunately, it didn't
work out,'' said Callaway, who might go back to the bullpen when
Aaron Sele and Kevin Appier come off the disabled list. "Whether
you're starting or relieving, you've got to get ahead and make
pitches. I got behind on Ortiz and had to throw in a decent area,
and he put a good swing on it.''
Varitek, who struck out with a runner at third in the 11th,
jerked the next pitch into the seats in right-center for his third
Martinez allowed six hits -- including a second-inning homer by
Jeff DaVanon that snapped the right-hander's season-opening streak
of 35 innings without giving up a home run. Scott Spiezio also hit
a disputed homer off Martinez in the seventh.
Spiezio, 2-for-19 lifetime against Martinez when he came to the
plate, drove the first pitch toward the top of the wall in right,
where a fan reached over and interfered with the ball. Second base
umpire Joe West gave the home run signal, but TV replays showed he
Martinez walked one and struck out Tim Salmon and Anderson
back-to-back in the third and sixth innings. It was the 88th time
that Martinez has fanned 10 or more. The six-time All-Star, who won
his fourth ERA title last year, has allowed no more than two runs
in four of his five outings this season.
Martinez has given up two runs in 21 innings since giving up 10
in 4 1/3 innings against Baltimore on April 12 at Fenway Park -- the
worst start of his career. He pitched with a knot in his lower back
in that one, his first start after the Red Sox picked up his $17.5
million option for next season.
"Pedro did well. Unfortunately, we couldn't close it out for
him,'' center fielder Johnny Damon said. "With a two-run lead, we
should be able to close the door. We don't want to push him longer.
We need to get him out and save him so that he can go all year for
us. I'd rather him get out with 100 (pitches) than try to push him
to 120 or 130. Not too many guys can do that.''
John Lackey gave up four runs, nine hits and four walks in seven
innings, striking out five. The right-hander, who won Game 7 of the
World Series, has allowed seven home runs in 31 1/3 innings and has
a 7.76 ERA.
Martinez was staked to a 2-0 lead before he threw his first
pitch. Lackey walked Nomar Garciaparra with two outs, and Ramirez
homered into the Angels' bullpen. It was the fourth homer for
Garciaparra ended a career-worst 0-for-19 drought in the third
with a one-out single. He stole second and scored on a two-out
single by Trot Nixon to give Boston a 3-1 lead. Bill Mueller led
off the fifth with a double and scored on Ramirez's single.
Martinez has made 59 starts since his last complete-game
victory on Aug. 29, 2000, at Tampa Bay. He went the distance in two
losses last season, and one in 2001. ... Salmon blooped a single in
the first inning to extend his hitting streak to 16 games, one shy
of his career best.