Final

Series: Game 2 of 3

Series tied 1-1 (as of 4/5)

Game 1: Friday, April 4
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Game 2: Saturday, April 5
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Game 3: Sunday, April 6
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Red Sox 1

(4-2, 4-2 away)

Orioles 2

(2-3, 2-3 home)

    1:35 PM ET, April 5, 2003

    Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, Maryland 

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    W: B. Ryan (2-0)

    L: C. Fox (0-2)

    Fox walks in winning run in bottom of ninth

    BALTIMORE (AP) -- A pitching duel between Pedro Martinez and Jason Johnson was ultimately decided by a couple of relievers who couldn't find the plate.

    Pedro Martinez

    Pedro Martinez finished with an ERA of 3.90 for the season.

    Chad Fox walked Tony Batista with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, giving the Baltimore Orioles a 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

    After the Red Sox rallied to tie it in the top of the ninth on a bases-loaded walk, Baltimore took advantage of another poor showing by the Boston bullpen to win it.

    The defeat snapped a four-game winning streak for the Red Sox, who scored 42 runs in their first five games. Baltimore had dropped three straight after winning on opening day.

    The victory was especially gratifying because Martinez was outstanding, allowing just one run and four hits in eight innings. He struck out six and walked none.

    "We'll take it,'' Orioles manager Mike Hargrove said. "Anytime you can win with Pedro on the mound you've got to feel good about it, no matter how you do it.''

    Johnson gave up one hit over 6 1-3 innings in his season debut, but Boston's comeback denied his bid for the victory.

    "I knew I had to be on top of my game, because Pedro usually shuts people down,'' Johnson said. "Overall, I'm happy with the way things turned out.''

    After Martinez was lifted, B.J. Surhoff drew a one-out walk from Fox and was replaced by pinch-runner Melvin Mora. Jeff Conine then doubled and Jay Gibbons received an intentional walk to fill the bases. Fox went to 3-0 on Batista, then got the count full before throwing a pitch wide of the plate.

    "It was pretty much of a self-destruction kind of deal,'' Boston manager Grady Little said. "You've got to come in the game and throw the ball across the plate, and today (Fox) had a little trouble doing that. The first walk led to the run, and that's the story.''

    The Boston bullpen twice blew three-run leads in its first two games against Tampa Bay, and Friday night Ramiro Mendoza yielded four ninth-inning runs in an 8-7 victory.

    "We're a little bit concerned and rightfully so,'' Little said, "but we also have confidence that they'll get it turned around and get headed in the right direction shortly.''

    Fox, who has already blown a pair of save opportunities, has a 13.50 ERA over three appearances.

    "I have two losses and I'll take responsibility for my actions,'' he said. "I got beat and I'll take full blame for what happened. I just didn't execute my job. I flat-out didn't get it done.''

    Neither did Orioles closer Jorge Julio, who was seeking his first save since Aug. 15. Starting the ninth seeking to protect a 1-0 lead, Julio walked Manny Ramirez. Pinch-runner Damian Jackson stole second and continued to third on an errant throw by catcher Geronimo Gil.

    After Jeremy Giambi drew a walk, Bill Mueller struck out and Kevin Millar walked to load the bases. Jason Varitek then struck out, but Julio walked Johnny Damon to force in the tying run.

    B.J. Ryan (2-0) then struck out pinch-hitter Shea Hillenbrand.

    Martinez allowed only two baserunners before running into trouble with one out in the sixth, when Jerry Hairston hit a 2-1 pitch into the gap in right-center for a triple.

    With the infield drawn in, Gary Matthews hit a sharp grounder to first. David Ortiz made the putout, but his relay home was not quick enough to catch Hairston, who touched the outside corner of the plate with his outstretched hand before Varitek could make the tag.

    It was the first earned run against Martinez, who has a 0.60 ERA in two starts this season. But he remains winless, in part because Johnson was just as effective.

    "Jason was absolutely outstanding,'' Hargrove said. "He went pitch for pitch with Pedro.''

    Johnson was lifted after getting the first out in the seventh. Buddy Groom struck out Giambi, but Mueller doubled and pinch-hitter Millar was given an intentional walk. Groom then retired Varitek, who was hitting .533, on a grounder to short.

    Game notes


    Ramirez extended his hitting streak over two seasons to 19 games with an infield single in the second, the lone hit off Johnson. ... David Segui, activated from the disabled list on Friday night, went 1-for-3 in his season debut with the Orioles.

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