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Orioles drop Red Sox

By Associated Press
Published April 5, 2004

BALTIMORE - One bad inning did in Pedro Martinez, just as it did in October.

Javy Lopez homered and drove in three runs, and fellow newcomers Rafael Palmeiro and Miguel Tejada had two hits each to lead the Orioles over the Red Sox 7-2 Sunday night in Lee Mazzilli's first game as Baltimore's manager.

Martinez experienced an uncharacteristic lapse in control while yielding three second-inning runs.

Signed as free agents during a busy winter for the Orioles, Lopez, Palmeiro and Tejada combined to go 7-for-11 with three runs and four RBIs. Tejada also was perfect on 12 chances at shortstop.

Martinez was the loser, giving up three runs, two earned, and seven hits in six innings. He struck out five, walked one and hit a batter.

It was his first appearance in a game that counted since Oct. 16, when the three-time Cy Young Award winner blew a 5-2 lead against the Yankees in Game 7 of the AL Championship Series.

Manager Terry Francona watched the Red Sox strand 14 runners against winning pitcher Sidney Ponson and three relievers.

Ponson allowed one run, seven hits and three walks in 52/3 innings.

He entered 1-9 with a 6.56 ERA in 12 games against the Red Sox.

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