Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/10)

Game 1: Friday, April 9
Game 2: Saturday, April 10
Game 3: Sunday, April 11
in 12

Blue Jays 1

(1-4, 1-1 away)

Red Sox 4

(3-3, 1-1 home)

    7:05 PM ET, April 10, 2004

    Fenway Park, Boston, Massachusetts 

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    TOR 000000100 1 5 0
    BOS 00000211 - 4 9 0

    W: P. Martinez (1-1)

    L: R. Halladay (0-2)

    S: K. Foulke (2)

    Pedro gives up only four hits

    BOSTON (AP) -- Pedro Martinez gave the Boston Red Sox just what they needed: A quick game, a strong outing and a win.

    Martinez held Toronto to four hits over 7 2-3 innings to outpitch AL Cy Young winner Roy Halladay on Saturday night and lead the Red Sox to a 4-1 victory over the Blue Jays. Homers from David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Mark Bellhorn accounted for all of Boston's runs

    It was more than enough for Martinez.

    "As he got into the game, he got pretty confident in what he was doing," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "That was pretty obvious."

    The Red Sox had a dreadful day on Friday.

    After losing to Baltimore on a bases-loaded walk in the 13th inning the night before, the team sat in its plane for three hours because of mechanical problems and didn't arrive back home until about 6:30 a.m. They had just a few hours sleep before the home opener, which they lost to Toronto 10-5, and their depleted bullpen had to be rescued by reserve first baseman David McCarty, who pitched the final two outs to mop things up.

    With the two aces on the mound on Saturday, though, everyone was able to get home early: The game lasted just 2 hours, 13 minutes.

    "I just tried to pick up my relievers," Martinez, who was not available for comment after the game, said in a statement read by a team spokesman. "They needed an outing like that from me."

    Martinez struck out seven and walked two and did not allow a runner past second base until Orlando Hudson hit a solo homer in the seventh. He has not lost his first two decisions of the year since his first full season, 1994.

    Martinez struck out Kevin Cash to start the eighth before Reed Johnson singled to center. After Frank Catalanotto struck out on Martinez's 106th pitch, Francona came to the mound to pull his starter -- asking for the ball before Martinez had a chance to talk him out of it.

    "I told him he did a whale of a job and (Keith) Foulke would finish it up for him," Francona said. Martinez, who talked then-manager Grady Little into leaving him in the game when Boston blew a three-run lead in Game 7 of the AL championship series last fall, did not put up a fight.

    "I think all pitchers, hopefully, want to stay in the game. They're competitors," Francona said. "I thought that was the perfect time to get Foulke in."

    With the crowd chanting "Pedro!" he walked off the mound and slapped hands with Ortiz before pointing skyward and disappearing into the dugout. Foulke got the last four outs for his second save.

    Halladay allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks, striking out seven. It was an improvement over his opener, when he gave up six earned runs in 6 2-3 innings, but he still dropped to 0-2 for the season.

    "With Pedro on the other side, your whole goal is to keep your team in the game," Halladay said. "Whenever he's out there, there isn't a whole lot of room for error."

    Ramirez was 3-for-4. Cesar Crespo led off the sixth inning with the first of two infield hits and, one out later, Ortiz hit his second homer of the season to make it 2-0.

    Hudson made it 2-1 in the seventh, but Bellhorn added a solo shot around the Pesky Pole to give Boston a 3-1 lead and then Ramirez lined one into centerfield in the eighth to make it 4-1.

    Game notes

    Gabe Kapler made an extra base hit-saving catch on Josh Phelps in the second inning. ... Catalanotto has a hit in every game so far this season. He singled in the first. ... Toronto, which scored 10 runs on Friday, scored 10 or more six times in 19 games against the Red Sox last year. ... Boston purchased RHP Frank Castillo's contract from Triple-A Pawtucket on Saturday and designated first baseman Brian Daubach for assignment. Castillo, who pitched for the Red Sox from 2000-01, spent last year in Triple-A for Oakland and Atlanta. Daubach was 0-for-1 with a walk in two pinch-hitting appearances this season for the Red Sox. ... Fans in the centerfield bleachers wore wigs and beards in tribute to Johnny Damon's new hairstyle. They called themselves "Damon's Disciples." ... The Red Sox set a club record by selling out Fenway Park for the 66th consecutive game. The streak started May 15 last year.

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