Wednesday, June 9, 2004

Martinez outduels Padres' Wells 1-0


Interleague play

The Associated Press

BOSTON - Pedro Martinez and David Wells both returned to their old forms, but the Red Sox ace outpitched and outlasted the boisterous Padres lefty with eight innings of two-hit ball to help Boston beat San Diego 1-0 Tuesday night.

Martinez (6-3) rebounded from an 11-hit, seven-run outing in his last game with his best outing of the year, putting up a season-high in innings and a season-low in hits allowed. He struck out eight, walked one and hit a batter; only one Padre reached third base against him - Terrence Long after his fifth-inning double.

"It was fun," Martinez said of the Padres' first visit to Fenway Park. "That was a team that had a lot of strangers there, and I didn't know what to expect."

No one was sure what to expect from Wells, who was returning from a freak household accident that put him on the disabled list May 18. He pitched 5 2/3 shutout innings, allowing six hits and striking out two, and shook his head disbelievingly when manager Bruce Bochy took him out after 81 pitches.

"I still felt strong, but he told me, 'It's been a while. I don't want to burn you out,' " Wells said.

Wells missed three weeks after tripping over a barstool in his kitchen and landing on a wine glass he was holding. He severed a tendon in his right wrist, requiring surgery, and cut his left palm.

Diamondbacks 8, Orioles 1

BALTIMORE - Randy Johnson won his fifth straight start for Arizona, limiting Baltimore to three hits over seven innings. The Orioles got only one runner past second base.

Johnson (8-4) allowed one run, struck out four and walked one. He had thrown only 89 pitches and was six outs from his 91st career complete game when manager Bob Brenly removed the left-hander with the Diamondbacks ahead 8-1.

Blue Jays 7, Dodgers 1

TORONTO - Ted Lilly won his fifth straight decision, and Howie Clark hit his first major-league home run and drove in a career-high four runs to lead Toronto.

Lilly (5-2) hasn't lost since April 21 at Boston - a span of nine starts. The 28-year-old left-hander also won his third consecutive start, allowing just one run on seven hits, while striking out seven and walking one in 7 1/3 innings.

Twins 2, Mets 1

MINNEAPOLIS - Pinch-hitter Michael Cuddyer hit a game-winning RBI infield single in the ninth inning for Minnesota, scoring Jacque Jones from second base.

Jones led off the ninth with a single off Mike Stanton (0-3). One out later, rookie Joe Mauer hit what appeared to be a double-play grounder, but shortstop Kaz Matsui misplayed the ball for an error leaving runners at first and second.

With the runners going on a full count, Cuddyer hit a grounder that second baseman Ty Wigginton dived for and stopped. He threw to first, but Cuddyer was safe. Jones kept running around third and first baseman Jason Phillips bounced his throw to the plate - allowing Jones to score.

Royals 4, Expos 2

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Rookie Zack Greinke (1-1) pitched seven shutout innings for his first major-league victory, and Carlos Beltran hit a two-run homer.

Greinke, at 20 the youngest player in the majors, dropped his ERA in four starts to 1.73.




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