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AL: Red Sox lose in Martinez's worst game

Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 13, 2003


BOSTON -- The Red Sox needed three tries to play their home opener, and when it was done they wished they hadn't.

Pedro Martinez had the worst outing of his career as the Orioles beat Boston 13-6 Saturday in a game delayed twice by frightening scenes.

Red Sox third-base coach Mike Cubbage collapsed on the field in a diabetic seizure and plate umpire Jerry Layne was injured when he was hit in the face mask by a pitch from Martinez.

Cubbage responded to treatment and was hospitalized as a precaution. Layne left with pain in his spine and was replaced.

Martinez gave up a career-high 10 runs on nine hits and four walks in 4 1/3 innings. He struck out five but was charged with seven runs in the fifth -- the most runs the three-time Cy Young winner has allowed in one inning.

"All the things that happened tonight -- just weird," Martinez said. "Only at Fenway do you see that."

Jason Johnson gave up three runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings, striking out five and walking one. B.J. Surhoff and Deivi Cruz drove in two runs apiece in the seven-run fifth inning to chase Martinez and turn a 3-2 Orioles lead into a blowout.

"I can guarantee you one thing: Pedro Martinez will be back again in five days (against the Devil Rays)," Boston manager Grady Little said. "It is not something you will see very often."

The home opener was scheduled for Friday but delayed to Saturday afternoon because of rain and then postponed to Aug. 8. With flashbulbs popping, Jerry Hairston lined Martinez's first pitch past third baseman Shea Hillenbrand for a single.

It was that kind of night for the Red Sox.

Jay Gibbons hit a two-out, two-run double and Tony Batista followed with a single to give Baltimore a 3-0 lead in the first. Johnny Damon had a two-run homer to cut the lead to 3-2.

ROYALS 5, INDIANS 2: Since the first day of spring training, Kansas City manager Tony Pena has preached to his players: Believe in yourselves.

Looks like the message sunk in.

The visiting Royals extended baseball's best start in 13 years as Raul Ibanez and Michael Tucker hit two-run homers. An unlikely 9-0, the Royals are the majors' only undefeated team.

"I know we've surprised a lot of people," Pena said. "But we worked so hard this spring. I'm probably the only one not surprised."

With a win today, Kansas City would be the eighth team to start 10-0 and the first since the 1987 Brewers. The Royals are the AL's first 9-0 team since the 1984 Tigers.

"We're going out there trying to win," Indians centerfielder Milton Bradley said. "They're expecting to."

Ibanez's homer in the sixth inning off C.C. Sabathia put the Royals up 3-2, and Tucker connected in the seventh off David Riske to make it 5-2.

Chris George, one of the 17 Royals affected by the flu the past few days, allowed two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings.

Jason Grimsley and Albie Lopez got the Royals to the ninth and rookie D.J. Carrasco got three outs for his first career save.

Carrasco pitched because Mike MacDougal, who leads the majors with six saves, was ill and resting in the clubhouse.

TWINS 9, BLUE JAYS 6: Doug Mientkiewicz homered and drove in three runs for visiting Minnesota.

The Twins, who ended a six-game losing streak with a 6-4 victory on Friday, scored more than three for just the third time.

Toronto closer Kelvim Escobar entered the ninth with it tied at 4, but allowed five runs without recording an out. Escobar has a 27.00 ERA.

Luis Rivas and Jacque Jones singled, then Escobar walked Denny Hocking. Corey Koskie followed with a go-ahead grounder.

Torii Hunter ended a 0-for-16 slump with a two-run single off Escobar and Mientkiewicz hit a two-run single off Doug Linton for a 9-4 lead.

After Toronto scored a run in the ninth, Eddie Guardado relieved with the bases loaded and one out. Mike Bordick had a run-scoring grounder then Guardado got his fourth save.

ANGELS 9, ATHLETICS 4: Garret Anderson hit a three-run homer and pinch-hitter Eric Owens had a tiebreaking two-run single for host Anaheim.

Ben Weber earned the victory with 22/3 innings of perfect relief, and Troy Glaus had a pair of run-scoring singles for the defending World Series champions, who have scored 39 runs in their past four home games.

After Oakland pulled ahead 4-3 with a four-run sixth, the Angels scored five in the bottom half to take an 8-4 lead.

Glaus drove in the tying run -- beating the Athletics' overshifted infield with an opposite-field ground single to the right side off the glove of diving second baseman Mark Ellis. That chased starter John Halama, who gave up six runs -- three earned -- and five hits in five-plus innings.

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