Series: Game 2 of 3

Boston leads 2-0 (as of 5/28)

Game 1: Monday, May 27
Boston 8Final
Toronto 6
Game 2: Tuesday, May 28
Boston 6Final
Toronto 4
Game 3: Wednesday, May 29
Boston 7Final
Toronto 4

Red Sox 6

(34-15, 19-4 away)

Blue Jays 4

(17-32, 8-19 home)

    7:05 PM ET, May 28, 2002

    Rogers Centre, Toronto, Ontario 

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    W: T. Wakefield (2-1)

    L: K. Escobar (1-2)

    S: U. Urbina (17)

    Escobar walks in 2 runs; Pedro has dead arm early

    TORONTO (AP) -- Pedro Martinez recovered from a dead arm and the Boston Red Sox rallied from an early deficit.

    Kelvim Escobar

    Martinez allowed four runs in the first two innings, but Toronto closer Kelvim Escobar walked Jason Varitek and Trot Nixon with the bases loaded in the ninth as the Red Sox beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-4 Tuesday night.

    Martinez said he struggled early because he didn't have any arm strength.

    ``At first when my arm gave up I was scared,'' said Martinez, whose shoulder problems limited him to 18 starts last season. ``When it started coming back I felt a lot of relief.''

    Martinez, who hasn't lost in seven decisions this season, got a no-decision after allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings. He struck out seven and walked two.

    ``I struggled early, but I ended up with a pretty good outing,'' Martinez said. ``I'm fine now. I hope I feel the same way tomorrow.''

    Boston manager Grady Little said it's part of the healing process.

    ``This shows the world why we give him the extra time off,'' Little said. ``He got through it. It's a good stepping stone. Next time he'll get six days rest.''

    Jose Offerman hit a two-run homer for the Red Sox, who rallied from a 4-0 deficit.

    Offerman singled off Escobar (1-2) to lead off the ninth. Nomar Garciaparra followed with a single and Escobar then walked Brian Daubach to load the bases.

    Shea Hillenbrand struck out before Escobar walked Varitek for the go-ahead run. One out later, Escobar walked Nixon, giving Boston a 6-4 lead.

    ``We were able to get some key walks off Escobar,'' Daubach said. ``We sneaked one out.''

    Tim Wakefield (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win. Ugueth Urbina pitched the ninth for his 17th save in 18 chances.

    ``Coming back shows the character of this team,'' Wakefield said. ``Pedro struggled in the first couple of innings, but he gave us six.''

    Toronto has lost five straight and seven of eight.

    ``It was just an ugly night all around,'' Toronto manager Buck Martinez said. ``I think Kelvim is just going through a tough stretch right now.''

    After Shannon Stewart led off the first with a single, Martinez walked Jose Cruz Jr. and later hit Carlos Delgado with a pitch to load the bases. Rookie Eric Hinske followed with an RBI single and Darrin Fletcher added an RBI grounder, giving Toronto a 2-0.

    Martinez walked Vernon Wells leading off the second. Wells stole second and scored on Dave Berg's RBI single. Berg went to second on Daubach's throw home. Berg then advanced to third on a flyout and scored on Cruz's RBI single to make it 4-0.

    Toronto starter Pete Walker, making his first start in the majors, looked more like Martinez in the first two innings, striking out five.

    Offerman homered off Walker in the third, and Walker didn't come out for the fourth after reaching 64 pitches.

    Daubach's RBI single off Brandon Lyon and Shea Hillenbrand's RBI double tied it at 4 in the seventh.

    Game notes

    Boston 2B Rey Sanchez missed his second straight game with a strained right hamstring. Boston manager Grady Little said Sanchez will probably play Friday in New York. ... Boston's bullpen was up both in the second and third innings. ... Paid attendance was just 13,075. The Toronto Maple Leafs played host to the Carolina Hurricanes in the NHL's Eastern Conference finals on Tuesday night. Fans chanted 'Go Leafs Go' when the Leafs tied the game at 1 late in the third period. The Hurricanes won 2-1 in overtime. ... The Red Sox have won five straight against Toronto.

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