Martinez (1-1) bounced back from Saturday's loss to Baltimore by allowing just two hits. After getting ripped for a career-high 10 runs and nine hits in just 4 1/3 innings Saturday, Martinez struck out three en route to his eighth victory in 10 lifetime decisions against Tampa Bay.
won a game started by Martinez for the first time this season. Prior to Saturday's loss, their suspect bullpen had failed to protect leads at Tampa Bay and Baltimore. But Saturday, after being pushed back because of rain, Martinez had his worst outing as a
"He was real happy with the way he pitched," Boston pitching coach
said. "None of us like to get runs scored off of us, but he doesn't need that extra to get him going. I think he just went out to pitch how he's capable of pitching."
"Pedro is the best of the best," Millar added. "He had a rough outing his last start, but this guy has pitched great three out of his last four starts. He should easily be 3-1."
With temperatures hovering around 30 degrees at Fenway Park, Martinez allowed a single to
and a walk to
in the top of the first inning. But he retired 17 of the next 19 batters before
's single in the seventh.
"I think that had him motivated a lot out there tonight," Red sox manager Grady Little said. "Pedro was outstanding out there under those conditions tonight. You know, going in, not too many hitters want to be facing Pedro on a night like this and he did very well"
Martinez braved the frigid conditions at Fenway, and, after the opening inning was in complete control. He won his sixth straight decision over the
dating to a 1-0 loss on May 6, 2000 and helped Boston sweep its first series of 2003.
The three-time Cy Young Award winner also avoided starting 0-2 for the second time in his career. In 1994 while with Montreal, he also started 0-2 before finishing his first season as a starter 11-5.
"He threw the ball all night," Tampa Bay manager Lou Pinella said. "I've seen his velocity better. But he located pitches well and used all of his pitches. He's a pro. He knows how to pitch. Even when he doesn't have his real good fastball, he's very formidable."
Millar supported Martinez's first win by leading off the fourth with a solo homer off Tampa Bay starter
(0-1). In the sixth, Boston scored four times off Kennedy and chased the lefthander when
's two-run triple increased its cushion to 5-0.
followed Martinez and allowed two hits in two innings.
For five innings, Kennedy kept pace with Boston's ace. He allowed just four hits before unraveling in the sixth.
Kennedy allowed five runs and 10 hits in 5 2/3 innings. He started the sixth by giving up back-to-back doubles to
and then served up Millar's run-scoring single, which made it 3-0.
"I thought I made some good pitches," Kennedy said. "Three balls in a row down the third base line, you can't really do anything about that. I got a ground ball for a double play and then a bloop single to center field."
Mirabelli capped the scoring with a solo homer in the eighth off