BOSTON (Ticker) -- It took the
Tampa Bay Devil Rays
four games to get an earned run off
. It took the
Boston Red Sox
considerably less time to get it back.
Martinez pitched a six-hitter for his third complete game of the season and
singled in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the eighth inning as the
held on for a 3-2 triumph over the
Tampa Bay managed four unearned runs in 21 innings in its first three meetings with Martinez this season. The righthander escaped a couple of big jams in this one and blanked the
until pinch hitter
's RBI single forged a 1-1 tie in the top of the eighth.
"Whether he has great stuff or his average stuff, he's still better than most of the guys that come out there," Martin said.
But Boston answered in the bottom half.
led off with a double into the left field corner and moved up on a groundout by
(4-8) intentionally walked
, but Ortiz made another team regret the move by greeting
with a single to right field.
"We needed a hit, "Ortiz said. "We needed to bring that guy in from third base in that situation, and every time they walk Manny, it kind of pumps me up and puts me in a situation where I had to do something for the team."
Ortiz is 6-for-10 this season following an intentional walk to Ramirez.
"In a situation like that, you know that Manny is one of the bset hitters in the game and you might want to walk Manny to face the next guy," Ortiz added. "They know I'm not a fast guy and I can hit a ground ball for a double play, especially against the lefty. I told myself that I have to be patient."
produced a much-needed insurance run with a sacrifice fly.
Rookie pinch hitter
in the ninth, but Martinez (13-4) got
to pop out for his 41st career complete game. He also became the 10th pitcher to register 100 wins for the
"Unbelievable, unbelievable," Ortiz said. "He deserved the win right there."
"Phenomenal," Boston catcher
added. "He pitched out of some-guy-on-third base, less-than-two-out jams, once with no outs and back-to-back with one out. He did an awesome job."
Boston improved to 3-2 on a seven-game homestand and moved 2 1/2 games in front of Seattle for the American League wild card.
"We're just glad to win, we're not looking at playoffs or whatever,"
said. "We're just going out there, trying to win ballgames."
Walker staked Martinez to a 1-0 lead with an RBI single in the third. He plated
, who singled with one out and moved up on a groundout by
Tampa Bay had just one hit until
led off the sixth with a double. He was at third with two outs when Martinez retired rookie
on a bouncer to shortstop.
led off the seventh with an opposite-field triple to left-center. But Martinez needed just six pitches to end the inning as he retired
and Anderson on popouts and struck out
"Pedro pitched a heckuva game," Lee said. "He went out there, kept everyone off-balance and when he needed to step up and throw a lot harder, he did. And that's when you know you're facing a great pitcher."
pitched almost as well as Martinez, yielding one run and three hits in six innings with three walks and four strikeouts.
"Their guys was very tough tonight," Walker said. "He matched Pedro the whole game. Luckily, I had one fall in for me. But he was very tough."