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Martinez, Red Sox Crush Angels


Pedro Martinez became the majors' second 15-game winner and helped stop Garret Anderson's 28-game hitting streak as the Boston Red Sox beat the Anaheim Angels 11-3 Saturday.
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  • Martinez (15-3), who took a one-hit shutout into the sixth inning, matched David Cone of the New York Yankees for the most wins.

    Anderson went 0-for-4 against Martinez and reliever Derek Lowe, ending the longest hitting streak in Angels history.

    Martinez gave up six hits, struck out five and walked three in seven-plus innings. He won for the ninth time in decisions, losing his shutout bid on Jim Edmonds' 16th home run in the sixth.

    Mike Benjamin and Damon Buford hit two-run homers as Boston improved to 4-1 on its West Coast trip. The Red Sox scored five times in the ninth, highlighted by Troy O'Leary's 19th home run.

    The Angels, who remained atop the AL West despite going 9-18 in July, opened a new month with their fourth loss in five games.

    Trailing 6-1, Anaheim tried to rally in the eighth. Singles by Gary DiSarcina and Darin Erstad and a walk to Edmonds loaded the bases, then Orlando Palmeiro hit a 2-run single that finished Martinez.

    Lowe came on and struck out Cecil Fielder, retired Anderson on a comebacker and struck out Troy Glaus. Lowe pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save.

    Boston capitalized on an error by first baseman Dave Hollins, who let John Valentin's pop-up fall untouched behind the mound, to take the lead in the fourth.

    Mo Vaughn followed with double for the first hit off Allen Watson (4-7), and Nomar Garciaparra's RBI single and Mike Stanley's sacrifice fly made it 2-0.

    Benjamin followed O'Leary's walk in the fifth with his third homer, making it 4-0. In the sixth, Stanley walked in front of Buford's eighth homer.

    Watson had not allowed a homer in 21 1/3 innings since coming off the disabled list on July 13. He led the majors in 1997 by giving up 37 homers.

    Notes

  • Anderson struck out, grounded to second and hit an opposite-field fly to left field in his first three at-bats.
  • Newest Red Sox Greg Swindell and Orlando Merced , en route from Minnesota, did not arrive in time for the game but will be in uniform for Sunday night's series finale.
  • Edmonds' home run was his first in 96 at-bats since July 5.
  • In three starts since his stint on the DL with forearm tendinitis, Watson has lasted 5, 5 1/3 and 5 2/3 innings.
  • In ceremonies before the game, the Angels retired the No. 11 of former six-time All-Star shortstop Jim Fregosi . Fregosi, who still ranks second to Brian Downing on the Angels' career list in several categories -- including games (1,429) and at-bats (5,244) -- had been a 1989 inductee into the team's Hall of Fame.

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