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Martinez retires 15 of first 17

4/20/2004

TORONTO (AP) -- For the second time in a month, Pedro Martinez
defeated Roy Halladay in a matchup of Cy Young Award winners.

Martinez retired 15 of his first 17 batters, leading the Boston
Red Sox to a 4-2 victory Tuesday night, their fourth in five games.

Martinez (2-1) struck out six in seven innings, allowing two
runs and five hits. He also defeated Halladay (1-3) on April 10 at
Boston.

"I felt a lot better inside here than last time," said
Martinez, who gave up seven earned runs against Baltimore last
Thursday. "I felt loose and didnt have a hard time warming up. I
had my normal routine back, and that was the difference."

Toronto reliever Terry Adams nearly hit Manny Ramirez in the
head in the eighth inning, and the Boston slugger walked out from
the plate as the benches emptied, but things quickly settled down.

"The first thing the umpire said was it wasnt on purpose,"
Boston manager Terry Francona said. "It wasnt guys looking to go
to fight. These guys are competitive, and Manny just reacted."

Toronto lost its fourth straight and dropped to 3-10, matching
its worst start (1981). The Blue Jays are 0-7 at SkyDome -- the
first major league team to lose its first seven home games since
the 1997 Chicago Cubs.

"Were not playing like the type of team were capable of," Blue
Jays manager Carlos Tosca said.

Jason Varitek was 3-for-3 and Bill Mueller scored two runs for
the Red Sox, who had just won three of four against the New York
Yankees in Fenway Park.

Keith Foulke pitched a perfect ninth for his fourth save in four
tries, completing a five-hitter.

"Pedro had tremendous stuff," Varitek said. "With that stuff,
they were lucky to get one across to be honest."

Carlos Delgado, batting .119 (5-for-42) coming in, went 2-for-4
and was the only batter to reach against Martinez in the first five
innings. His second-inning double ended an 0-for-15 slide.

Halladay gave up three runs and nine hits in six innings,
striking out seven.

"Doc, just being Doc, helped keep us in this game," Tosca said
of Halladay. "It could have been a lot worse."

Toronto didn't score until the seventh, when Josh Phelps tripled
and came home on Kevin Cash's sacrifice fly to end a 19-inning
scoreless streak. One out later, Orlando Hudson hit an RBI single.

Ramirez hit a two-out RBI single in the first, and Boston made
it 2-0 in the fourth when Halladay was called for a balk by plate
umpire Ron Kulpa with Varitek on third.

"Its disappointing to me to give up a run that way," said
Halladay, who was in the process of getting a sign from Cash behind
the plate. "If its a balk, its a balk. I disagree but maybe I dont
understand the ruling of when you can or cant move."

Kevin Millar hit an RBI double in the fifth, but Halladay struck
out Mark Bellhorn to end the inning with the bases loaded.
Varitek's RBI double off Valerio De Los Santos made it 4-0 in the
seventh.

The biggest cheers from the 26,010 fans were for updates for
Game 7 of the NHL playoff series played a few blocks away. The
Maples Leafs beat Ottawa 4-1 and advanced to a second-round matchup
against Philadelphia.

Game notes
Bellhorn (bruised elbow) returned to the lineup after
missing Mondays game against the Yankees. ... Varitek has reached
by a hit or walk in all 12 games he has played.