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August 15, 2000

Pedro Martinez had shoulder pain, and all the Boston Red Sox felt it.

``Obviously, he’s the man here. So everybody’s a little concerned,″ Rico Brogna said Monday night after his tiebreaking grand slam in the ninth inning gave the Red Sox a 7-3 win over the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

Martinez, who already has gone on the disabled list once this season, left after four innings because of shoulder stiffness.

``It just didn’t feel right,″ he said in a statement issued by the Red Sox. ``I didn’t want to chance it.″

Martinez struck out the side in the first inning and fanned two more in the second. But in the third, he allowed Miguel Cairo’s first homer since July 20, 1999 _ a three-run shot that gave the Devil Rays a 3-0 lead.

``When a guy makes his money throwing 95 mph fastballs, you know he’s hurting when he’s throwing you nothing but changeups,″ Devil Rays first baseman Fred McGriff said.

In other AL games, it was Baltimore 8, Chicago 2; New York 7, Texas 3; Detroit 15, Seattle 4; and Oakland 8, Cleveland 1.

At Fenway Park, Martinez allowed six hits, walked none and struck out six before Hipolito Pichardo came on to start the fifth. It was his worst outing in more than a year.

Boston tied it with three runs in the sixth inning, then won it in the ninth.

Billy Taylor (1-2) hit No. 9 hitter Darren Lewis leading off the inning. Lewis stole second and took third on Trot Nixon’s flyout. Taylor intentionally walked both Carl Everett and Nomar Garciaparra to load the bases, and Brogna hit his first home run since coming to the Red Sox early this month.

``It’s been a roller-coaster of emotions,″ said Brogna, who lost his starting job at first base with Philadelphia after breaking his forearm and was claimed off waivers by the Red Sox. ``A night like this makes it all worthwhile.″

Derek Lowe (3-4) earned the victory with one inning of scoreless relief.

Orioles 8, White Sox 2

Jose Mercedes (8-4), unbeaten in six starts since July 8, allowed one run and seven hits in eight innings to win his fifth straight decision. Visiting Chicago dropped to 15-15 since the All-Star break.

Jerry Hairston and Luis Matos homered against Mike Sirotka (10-10) as Baltimore took a 7-0 lead in the first three innings.

Yankees 7, Rangers 3

Andy Pettitte allowed all three runs and seven hits in seven-plus innings as visiting New York beat Texas for the ninth straight time, including a sweep in the first round of last year’s playoffs.

Jorge Posada and Derek Jeter both hit long two-run homers for the Yankees. The Rangers’ Gabe Kapler extended the longest hitting streak in the majors this season to 27 games.

Matt Perisho (2-5) lost his fifth straight start despite striking out eight in six innings. Perisho, who allowed eight hits and walked three, is winless in 10 starts since June 17 at Tampa Bay.

Tigers 15, Mariners 4

Bobby Higginson and Juan Gonzalez homered in an eight-run fifth inning at Seattle as Detroit sent the Mariners to their third consecutive loss.

Wendell Magee had a career-high four hits, and the Tigers had 18 in all, winning for the fourth time in five games.

Willie Blair (9-3) allowed four runs and 10 hits in seven innings. Jamie Moyer (11-6) lost his third consecutive decision, giving up 11 runs _ just six earned _ and 10 hits in 4 1-3 innings.

Athletics 8, Indians 1

Mike Stanley homered and drove in two runs, Eric Chavez hit a two-run homer as visiting Cleveland lost for just the third time in 12 games. Oakland won for just the second time in nine games.

Kevin Appier (11-9) won for the third time in four starts, allowing one run and eight hits in six-plus innings. Jason Bere (2-2) allowed six runs _ five earned _ and eight hits in four innings.

Oakland moved one game ahead of Cleveland in the AL wild-card race.

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