Boston Red Sox
because he could help them at first base, catcher and designated hitter.
He's turned out to be a pretty good pinch-hitter, too.
Martinez came off the bench and hit a three-run double to break a seventh-inning tie, leading the
to a 7-5 victory over Baltimore on Wednesday night. It was his second pinch-hitting appearance since coming to Boston at the
trading deadline; he is 2 for 2 with four RBIs.
''I think he enjoys that situation, for sure,''
said. ''I think he'd rather have been starting, but it's nice on nights that he hasn't started, that he's sitting there ready
(1-0) pitched a perfect seventh inning, striking out two, for his first win in more than two years and the first AL decision
of his career.
got four outs for his 35th save, giving up one run but keeping the
two games up in the AL wild-card race over Texas, a 10-0 winner over Cleveland.
had three of Baltimore's 12 hits, but the Orioles stranded 12 baserunners.
''We had the same opportunities,'' Orioles manager Dave Trembley said. ''It didn't happen for us. It happened for them.''
Martinez split his time at catcher and first base with Cleveland, but the three-time All-Star was rarely out of the lineup
over the first 7 1/2 years of his career. He was 9 for 25 with the Indians as a pinch-hitter, never getting much more than
a handful of at-bats in a season.
He has been in a rotation with
and David Oritz since coming to Boston, but Martinez has made it difficult for Francona to leave him out of the lineup. His
other pinch-hitting appearance for the
, on Aug. 25, he hit a game-tying single in the seventh against Chicago and then doubled in the eighth for an insurance run.
''Every time I come to the plate, my goal is to be a tough out,'' said Martinez, who said he enjoyed being in a pennant race
while the Indians struggle. ''When you're in a race, it's always interesting. When you get to the ballpark, you know you're
playing for something.''
had three hits for Boston, which is 13-2 against the Orioles this season.
(2-5) faced three batters, giving up two hits, including
's comebacker that bounced off Albers' leg toward third base for a game-tying single.
doubled in the fifth inning to become the fourth player in major league history to have three seasons with at least 50 doubles.
Hall of Famers
are the others.
''It's probably one of the only things that I'll be in that company for,'' said Roberts, who is the third second baseman with
consecutive seasons with 50 doubles. ''I had about 30 games. I figured I'd could dink one in there at some point. A lot of
my friends have been grinding me pretty good lately.''
Roberts drew a bases-loaded walk in the sixth to tie the game before
singled up the middle to give Baltimore its only lead, 4-3.
In the seventh,
and Bay singled, then Lowell walked to load the bases. Martinez lined a double to left-center and
, who ran for the gimpy Lowell, raced around from first to score and give Boston a 7-4 lead.
, who allowed seven runs in 2 1-3 innings against the
Chicago White Sox
in his previous start, gave up two runs in five innings Wednesday night.
Bay had a two-run single in the first inning, giving him 100 RBIs to go with his 30 homers. He's the fifth
left fielder to reach that milestone, joining
and Hall of Famers
NOTES: The teams combined to use 13 pitchers. ... Baltimore's
was 0 for 16 before his fourth-inning double. ... One day after hitting six homers, the
had just two extra-base hits, Martinez's three-run double and an RBI double by
. ... The
had two runners thrown out at the plate. ...
made a rehab start in Single-A Salem of the Carolina League in a playoff game against Winston-Salem, going 6 2-3 innings and
allowing one run, three hits and a walk, striking out seven. ... The Orioles acquired LHP
from Minnesota for a player to be named or cash. To make room on the roster, they moved OF
to the 60-day DL.