Kim, who worked two scoreless innings Tuesday, set down the side in order in the ninth inning for his first American League save. Kim, who saved 70 games in his first four seasons with Arizona, provided a necessary boost to a bullpen that has been charged with 11 blown saves this season.
"He's going to get a lot more (chances),"
manager Grady Little said. "Having him down there right now is going to be a blessing for us. It makes it easier when you can have someone that can get guys out like that. I think he is the guy that can do that."
A pair of terrific defensive plays aided Kim. First baseman
made a diving stop of
's hard grounder and fired it to Kim for the second out and shortstop
backhanded pinch hitter
's grounder in the hole and threw across the diamond for the final out.
"He went out and threw some strikes and Nomar and Kevin made some great plays defensively," Boston catcher
Martinez (6-2) improved to 9-2 lifetime against Tampa Bay after allowing three unearned runs and six hits in seven innings. Martinez, who has not allowed an earned run against the
in 20 innings this season, struck out seven to move past
for second place on Boston's all-time list with 1,343, trailing only
"I wasn't really aware," Martinez said. "I'm not really into history, I know it's a great achievement. I'm not going to focus on just that. I'm going to do my job."
Millar's two-run homer in the eighth inning snapped a 3-3 tie and gave Boston the lead for good. Millar belted a 2-0 delivery from reliever
(1-4) over the left field fence for his 13th homer of the season.
"It was a fastball hitter against a fastball pitcher and thank God he got one out and over the plate because he's tough," Millar said.
doubled to start the eighth inning after battling back from an 0-2 count, setting the stage for Millar's blast.
"Against Ortiz, he got two strikes, all you have to do is elevate the ball,"
said. "The guy is a low-ball hitter. That is part of our inexperience."
tripled to greet Boston reliever
to start the eighth inning. Embree set down the next three hitters, allowing only a sacrifice fly by
that made it 5-4.
Boston got solo homers from Garciaparra in the first inning and
in the second to seize an early 2-0 lead. Garciaparra had a pair of hits and has seven multi-hit games against Tampa Bay this season.
Varitek's RBI single in the fourth inning gave the
a three-run advantage.
Martinez battled out of trouble when Tampa Bay put a pair of runners aboard in the third and fourth innings. The
finally got to him in the fifth.
An error by Garciaparra allowed
to reach with one out and
followed with a single. Huff then delivered a game-tying homer with two outs deep into the right field stands.
"He just made a mistake," Huff said. "Finally made a mistake. He threw me a cutter that didn't cut as much as the other ones."
Huff's hit was the only one in seven at-bats for Tampa Bay against Martinez with runners in scoring position. Huff also notched his third four-RBI game of the season. Tampa Bay starter
allowed three runs and eight hits in six innings. The
fell to 0-4 in Bell's starts.
Boston improved to 7-2 against Tampa Bay this season and won for just the third time in its last 11 road games against American League opponents.