Series: Game 4 of 4

Boston won 4-0

Game 1: Monday, June 23
Game 2: Tuesday, June 24
Game 3: Wednesday, June 25
Game 4: Thursday, June 26

Tigers 4

(18-58, 12-29 away)

Red Sox 6

(45-32, 26-11 home)

    1:05 PM ET, June 26, 2003

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    DET 000100300 4 8 0
    BOS 10041000 - 6 10 1

    W: P. Martinez (5-2)

    L: M. Roney (0-2)

    S: B. Lyon (9)

    Martinez earns first win in four starts

    BOSTON (AP) -- Pedro Martinez finally got a win, hardly shocking since he faced the lowly Detroit Tigers.

    The Red Sox ace picked up his first victory since May 15 as Boston completed a sweep of baseball's worst team Thursday, 6-4.

    "It's something we anticipated doing," Todd Walker said of four straight wins against a team that has lost 18 of 20. "Then again, they're a big league team and you have to do your best every time."

    Martinez (5-2) had trouble with the location of his pitches and allowed four runs in 6 2-3 innings against a young team with a .225 batting average, the lowest in the majors.

    Martinez struck out eight and allowed seven hits and three walks.

    "He was OK," Boston catcher Jason Varitek said. "It just shows you what you have. The guy doesn't have his best feeling (on the ball) and he goes 6 2-3."

    That set the stage for the Tigers' sixth straight loss that dropped them to 18-58 after being outscored 30-8 in the series.

    Frustration boiled over in the fifth when Bobby Higginson and rookie manager Alan Trammell were ejected by plate umpire Bill Miller for arguing a called third strike against Higginson.

    "With the frustration that's been building up here for a while, I don't think I did anything out of the ordinary," Trammell said after his first ejection as a manager.

    Higginson thought Miller gave Martinez a large strike zone.

    "Pedro's obviously going to get a little extra," Higginson said, "but we're a bad club right now. Nobody's helping us out."

    Martinez didn't comment after the game. A team spokesman said he wasn't feeling well after throwing 110 pitches in a steamy game that started with the temperature at 83 degrees.

    It was his fourth start since a 26-day stint on the disabled list. He was in position to win his previous two outings until the bullpen blew leads.

    On Thursday, Alan Embree allowed a run-scoring single in the seventh to Kevin Witt before Brandon Lyon pitched two perfect innings for his ninth save in nine chances.

    "I want to pitch well for anybody who's on the mound," said Lyon, who denied there was extra incentive to get Martinez the win.

    Trot Nixon went 3-for-4 with a two-run double in the fourth and an RBI single in the fifth. Varitek hit a two-run homer, his 12th of the season and second in two games. He stood near the plate and watched his shot hit the screen above and attached to the right-field foul pole.

    "I was just trying to wish it fair," he said after capping a four-run fourth that made it 5-1.

    After Nixon's RBI single, Detroit cut the lead to 6-4 in the seventh on RBI singles by Andres Torres, Warren Morris and Witt.

    "I'm more comfortable and seeing the ball better," said Witt, who has played 34 of his 68 major-league games this year. "We always play well and then there's always one inning that cost us."

    The Red Sox wasted no time keeping up the hitting that produced nine runs in the eighth in Wednesday night's 11-2 win. The first two batters of this game -- Damian Jackson and Walker -- doubled for a 1-0 lead.

    The Tigers tied it when Witt and Eric Munson started the fourth with consecutive doubles.

    Boston went ahead to stay in the bottom of the fourth with four runs off Matt Roney (0-2).

    David Ortiz walked, Kevin Millar singled and Nixon doubled both in. After Bill Mueller struck out, Varitek homered.

    Nixon drove in his third run of the game with a single in the fifth after Millar's two-out double off Steve Sparks.

    Game notes

    Detroit has won two of the 24 games in which Roney has pitched, 22 of them in relief. ... The Tigers have at least one extra-base hit in their last 14 games. ... Boston CF Jackson was battered on hits by two straight Tigers in the seventh. He crashed into the wall chasing Matt Walbeck's triple. Then he raced in for Torres' fly and hit his face on the ground diving for a ball that dropped in front of him. He remained on the grass for several minutes but stayed in the game after having the wind knocked out of him. ... Walker and Varitek each reached the 40-RBI mark, giving Boston six players with at least that many. Detroit has two with 30 or more.

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