Final in 14

Series: Game 3 of 3

Boston won 2-1

Game 1: Friday, April 25
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Game 2: Saturday, April 26
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Game 3: Sunday, April 27
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Red Sox 6

(16-9, 9-7 away)

Angels 4

(11-14, 8-7 home)

    8:05 PM ET, April 27, 2003

    Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California 

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    W: R. Mendoza (1-0)

    L: M. Callaway (1-3)

    S: J. Shiell (1)

    Red Sox get it done in 14th after blowing lead

    ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) -- The Boston Red Sox waited a long time to get a big hit from David Ortiz.

    He and Jason Varitek opened the 14th inning with homers on consecutive pitches, lifting the Red Sox over the Anaheim Angels 6-4 Sunday night.

    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 any situation.''

    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 season.

    "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 homer.

    Ramiro Mendoza (1-0) pitched two innings for the victory, and Jason Shiell got three outs for his first career save.

    Brandon Lyon relieved Martinez in the eighth and gave up an RBI double to Garret Anderson off the 18-foot wall in right -- which came within a couple feet of being a tying, two-run homer.

    The Angels pulled even in the ninth against Chad Fox with a one-out RBI single by Bengie Molina, who pinch-hit for brother Jose in the seventh and replaced him behind the plate.

    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 was wrong.

    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 Ramirez.

    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.

    Game notes


    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.

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