Red Sox 9, Angels 3
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) _ Pedro Martinez earned his first victory since July 2 and the 100th of his big-league career Sunday night, pitching five effective innings as the Boston Red Sox beat the Anaheim Angels 9-3.
Martinez (16-3), making his second start since spending time on the disabled list because of soreness in his pitching shoulder, held the Angels to three hits and two runs, one earned. He walked three, struck out five and became the majors’ first 16-game winner.
The 27-year-old right-hander was lifted after throwing 99 pitches, 61 of them strikes. He needed 28 pitches in the first inning, including 11 to Gary DiSarcina, who fouled off five full-count pitches before drawing a walk.
Martinez, who also leads the AL in ERA (2.46) and strikeouts (199), has a 100-49 career record. He went on the disabled list after being shelled for 12 hits and seven earned runs in 3 2-3 innings by Florida on July 18. He was the winning pitcher in the All-Star game five days earlier, striking out five in two innings.
Martinez returned to action last Tuesday, allowing three hits and one run in five innings against Cleveland. He wasn’t involved in the decision.
Troy O’Leary had three hits, including a home run, for the Red Sox, who beat Anaheim for the third straight day and handed the reeling Angels their 19th loss in 23 games.
The Red Sox took a 2-0 lead off Jack McDowell (0-4) in the first on a two-out, run-scoring double by Nomar Garciaparra and an RBI single by O’Leary.
The Angels got a run off Martinez in the bottom of the inning on Tim Salmon’s two-out, RBI single.
Brian Daubach and O’Leary hit solo homers in the third, and Jose Offerman added an RBI single off McDowell in the fourth to make it 5-1.
McDowell, a loser in all four of his starts this year, allowed eight hits and five runs in four innings.
Jason Varitek’s two-out, two-run double off Mike Magnante in the fifth extended Boston’s lead to 7-1.
The Angels scored an unearned run in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Jim Edmonds, and got another run in the seventh on a two-out, RBI single by DiSarcina off Rich Garces.
Mike Stanley’s two-run homer off Troy Percival in the ninth completed the scoring.
Notes: O’Leary’s first-inning single extended his hitting streak to 10 games. ... Boston’s John Valentin went 0-for-5 to snap his 11-game hitting streak. ... The Angels played without two of their most potent left-handed hitters _ Mo Vaughn missed his fifth straight game and fourth against his former team because of a staph infection in his right shin, and Garret Anderson sat out his second game because of a sprained left ankle. Both are day-to-day. ... Daubach’s homer was his third in three games and 16th of the season, while O’Leary’s was his second in three games and team-leading 22nd. ... The Angels are 3-8 while being outscored 67-26 in their last 11 games. That includes an 8-0 victory over the Red Sox in the opener of this four-game series. ... Anaheim’s Darin Erstad went 0-for-4 and is hitless in his last 13 at-bats.