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Pedro pitches BoSox to sweep in the Bronx

Postby WebHamster » Mon Apr 26, 2004 1:00 am

Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - Pedro Martinez was stellar in his first appearance against the Yankees since Game 7 of last year's American League Championship Series, tossing seven innings of shutout ball to lead the Boston Red Sox to a 2-0 win over New York at Yankee Stadium.

Martinez (3-1) allowed only four hits and a walk while striking out seven, helping finish off the three-game series sweep. Scott Williamson was perfect in the eighth and ninth innings, fanning two to record his first save of the season.

"Every win is important," Martinez said. "There's no doubt that these are the people [the Yankees] that we've been behind, so it's nice to take advantage of these opportunities against them."

Manny Ramirez's two-run homer in the fourth accounted for all the scoring, as Boston won for the sixth time in seven games and moved to 6-1 against the Yankees on the season.

"We won three ball games and we had to play really good baseball to win three games," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "Our pitching was outstanding and their pitching was outstanding."

Derek Jeter continued his struggles for New York, ending 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. Jeter is now hitless in his last 25 at-bats, and his batting average has fallen .175. Alex Rodriguez had two of New York's four hits, as the Yankees dropped their fourth straight game.

Javier Vazquez (2-2), who was starting for New York on just three days rest, was excellent as well. However, he did suffer the loss after giving up two runs on only four hits and a walk over six innings. The 27-year-old struck out eight in the losing effort.

"We didn't score any runs and Javy [Vazquez] did an outstanding job," Jeter said. "He did exactly what we wanted him to do. To give up two runs to that lineup, especially the balls they hit, you couldn't ask him to do any more."

Neither team got a runner as far second base until the fourth inning, when Mark Bellhorn walked and Ramirez smacked a home run to left centerfield one out later.

"Manny hit a breaking ball and that was the difference in the game," Francona said.

The Yankees finally got something going off of Martinez in the bottom of the fifth, as Jorge Posada drew a leadoff walk and moved to third on Ruben Sierra's one-out double. But Enrique Wilson popped out to short and Jeter was called out on strikes to end the threat.

Both teams got runners in scoring position in the sixth, but neither could capitalize. David Ortiz roped a one-out ground-rule double to extend his streak with at least one extra-base hit to seven games. Ramirez followed with a single to put runners on second and third, but Kevin Millar was caught looking and Jason Varitek flied out to end the frame.

Rodriguez doubled with one out in the bottom of the sixth and took third on a Jason Giambi groundout. However, Gary Sheffield popped out to Varitek to keep the Yankees scoreless.

New York did not get a runner on base over the final three innings.

Vazquez is 0-3 in his career against the Red Sox.

Martinez, who did not pitch against the Yankees in last weekend's series at Fenway Park, moved to 10-8 lifetime against the Yankees in 26 starts. Last October, Martinez was cruising until the eighth inning when New York scored three runs off the three-time Cy Young Award winner to knot the game and erase an early four-run deficit. Boston eventually lost the game in 11 innings on Aaron Boone's dramatic home run.

Ramirez's homer was his fifth of the year. It was his 20th career homer at Yankee Stadium, tying him with Rafael Palmeiro for the most among active visiting players.

Jeter's previous longest hitless streak was 18 at-bats, set in 1997 and matched in 1999.
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