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Pedro Wins 17th In Relief


Pedro Martinez, who arrived at Fenway Park late and was scratched from his scheduled start, got his major league leading 17th win in his first relief appearance in over five years in Boston's 13-2 win over Seattle on Saturday.

Boston's Brian Daubach went 5-for-5 with a homer, four singles and a career-high six RBIs. Daubach had a career-high five RBIs in Friday's 11-6 victory over the Mariners.

Jose Offerman's two-run homer capped a five-run fourth inning as the Red Sox posted their eighth win in 10 games.

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  • Martinez (17-3), who entered with Boston holding a 7-1 lead in the sixth, gave up a solo homer to the second batter he faced, Alex Rodriguez, but gave up just two other hits in four innings while striking out six.

    It was Martinez' first relief appearance since June 1, 1994 when he was with Montreal, and his first win in relief since Sept. 6, 1993.

    "He was late getting here and didn't have enough time to warm up," Red Sox spokesman Kevin Shea said of Martinez being scratched from his start.

    Martinez walked to the bullpen while emergency starter Bryce Florie was loosening up approximately 25 minutes before the game's start. But after spending the first inning in the bullpen, Martinez headed back to the dugout. He then went back to the bullpen after the second before warming up after the fifth.

    Martinez entered to a standing ovation from the sellout crowd of 33,253.

    Florie gave up one run and four hits in 4 2-3 innings, but didn't qualify for the win because he didn't last five innings. Rheal Cormier got the final out of the fifth.

    Nomar Garciaparra went 3-for-5 with three doubles for the Red Sox in raising his AL-leading average .359.

    The Red Sox scored five runs with two outs in the fourth, chasing Seattle starter John Halama (9-4). Daubach had an RBI single to follow singles by Troy O'Leary and Jason Varitek. Darren Lewis followed with a run-scoring double to center and Daubach scored on the same play when Ken Griffey Jr. bobbled the ball. Offerman then homered into the center-field bleachers.

    After Seattle cut the lead to 5-1 in the fifth on David Bell's RBI double, the Red Sox added two runs in the bottom of the inning. Garciaparra scored on a throwing error after reaching on a double and Daubach added an RBI single.

    Rodriguez's homer, his 30th, made it 7-2 in the sixth. Mike Stanley added a run-scoring single for Boston in the bottom half.

    Daubach's three-run homer, his 19th, made it 11-2 in the seventh and Garciaparra added a run-scoring double.

    Halama suffered his second straight loss after winning seven in a row, giving up five runs and seven hits in 3 2-3 innings.

    Notes

  • Seattle manager Lou Piniella and third-base coach Steve Smith were ejected in the fifth inning.
  • O'Leary extended his hitting streak to a career-high 15 games.
  • Mia Hamm of the U.S. Women's World Cup soccer team threw out the first pitch to Garciaparra.
  • Red Sox third baseman John Valentin, who missed Friday's game with a stiff neck, was back in the lineup.
  • Edgar Martinez singled off Pedro Martinez in the sixth for his 1,500th career hit.
  • Daubach, a rookie, had his first five-hit game.

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