BOSTON (AP) -- Freddy Garcia got more run support on Saturday
than he had in any of his other starts this season.
With a strong wind blowing around Fenway Park, he knew better
than to feel too confident.
"Five runs here in Fenway Park -- anything can happen," Garcia
said after the Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4.
Although he entered with the best ERA in the AL, his record
didn't show it because the Mariners had totaled just 20 runs in his
first nine starts; they had never scored more than four while he
was in a game.
"We finally scored him some runs," Seattle manager Bob Melvin
said. "Every pitch has been taxing on him, but today we finally
got him some runs and he got us big outs when he needed them."
Garcia allowed four runs and eight hits in 5 2-3 innings, his
ERA rising from a 2.71 to 3.01. Mike Myers struck out all three
batters he faced, Shigetoshi Hasegawa got four outs and Eddie
Guardardo pitched the ninth for his ninth save.
Tim Wakefield (4-3) gave up five runs -- all in the second and
third innings before settling down. He gave up 10 hits in all,
adding three walks in 6 2-3 innings.
"In the second and third innings, I stunk," Wakefield said.
"I got it back after the third inning. I felt comfortable after
that. I battled as hard as I could just to try to keep us in the
game, but you can't give those guys that many runs early."
Manny Ramirez homered and singled, and Kevin Millar had two hits
for the Red Sox, who lost for just the third time in 11 games.
Boston dropped into second place in the AL East, a half-game behind
Dave Hansen was 2-for-3 with a walk and two runs scored.
Wakefield struggled to get through the second inning, giving up
a leadoff double to Bret Boone and then singles to John Olerud,
scoring one run, and Hansen. Rich Aurilia bunted one back to the
mound and Wakefield flubbed it, loading the bases. Wilson, 2-for-26
against Wakefield coming in, doubled for a 3-0 lead.
Ibanez homered leading off the third, Hansen doubled with two
outs and Aurilia followed with an RBI single to make it 5-0.
But Boston closed to 5-2 in the fourth when Ramirez hit a
two-run homer, Brian Daubach doubled and then Millar and Kevin
Youkilis singled. In the sixth, Millar hit a leadoff double and
scored one out later on Doug Mirabelli's double.
Ramirez's homer was the 361st, tying Joe DiMaggio on the
career list. ... Garcia's 75th victory put him ahead of Mark
Langston in third place on the Mariners' list. ... Cesar Crespo's
single in the first snapped a 0-for-15 slump. He started in place
of Pokey Reese. "Pokey just a little banged up and it was a good
day to give him a break," manager Terry Francona said. ... Boston
RHP Scott Williamson (right elbow inflammation) is to travel to
Florida on Sunday and begin a strengthening program instead of
making the trip with the team to Anaheim on Monday night. ...
Ichiro Suzuki has reached base in 27 consecutive games. ... Edgar
Martinez had the day off before pinch hitting in the ninth. He is
1-for-19 in his career against Wakefield. ... David Ortiz, who
leads the AL in RBI with 43, has 19 in his previous 13 games but
none on Saturday. ... Boston OF Trot Nixon went 2-for-3 with three
runs and a hit-by-pitch in a rehab outing and played four innings
in right field.