Red Sox rally past Tampa

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 22, 2001

The Associated Press

The Boston Red Sox liked the start by Pedro Martinez, and they really enjoyed the finish by Manny Ramirez.

Friday, June 22, 2001

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The Boston Red Sox liked the start by Pedro Martinez, and they really enjoyed the finish by Manny Ramirez.

Martinez returned to the Red Sox rotation with five effective innings, and Ramirez’s double capped a four-run rally in the ninth as Boston beat the Tampa Bay Devil Rays 7-4 Thursday night.

Martinez missed a scheduled start at Atlanta last Friday because of tendinitis in his right shoulder. The three-time Cy Young winner limited the Devil Rays to one run on four hits, striking out six.

”I felt good,” he said. ”I was just looking forward to feeling a little bit better and see if the inflammation came down, hopefully get some work in and not feel as bad as I did the last outing. It was exactly the way I wanted it.”

Martinez was pulled after 89 pitches by manager Jimy Williams.

”It was just about the right amount,” Williams said.

The Red Sox scored the tying run with two outs in the ninth on a wild pitch by Esteban Yan. After a walk reloaded the bases, Ramirez hit a three-run double.

The win at Tropicana Field improved Boston’s record to 9-0 against the Devil Rays this season.

Mariners 12, Athletics 10

Edgar Martinez hit a go-ahead double in the eighth inning as Seattle won a homer-filled game at Oakland.

Bret Boone, Mike Cameron, Al Martin and David Bell homered for the Mariners, who trailed 6-0. Boone drove in three runs and leads the AL with 76 RBIs.

Jason Giambi, Jeremy Giambi and Eric Chavez homered for the Athletics. The Giambi brothers connected in the same game for the third time, the first this season.

White Sox 6, Orioles 0

Jose Canseco doubled in his return to the majors, and Kip Wells pitched eight scoreless innings as Chicago won at Baltimore.

Canseco, signed a day earlier after playing for the Newark Bears of the independent Atlantic League, went 1-for-5. He is taking the spot of injured Frank Thomas as the DH for the White Sox.

Carlos Lee, Paul Konerko, Jeff Liefer and Royce Clayton also homered as Chicago won its fourth in a row.

Indians 9, Twins 6

Juan Gonzalez homered and drove in five runs as Cleveland moved a half-game ahead of Minnesota for the AL Central lead.

The game at Jacobs Field was delayed by rain for 41 minutes in the second inning. It was called in the top of the seventh after a 61-minute delay when the grounds crew could not cover the field because the water-logged tarp was too heavy to pull.

Ricardo Rincon worked a scoreless 1 2-3 innings for his second save – both in rain-shortened games.

Rangers 4, Angels 3

Texas scored all of its runs on homers, including two by Ruben Sierra, to beat visiting Anaheim.

The 35-year-old Sierra recorded his 14th career multihomer game, including two in nine days.

Alex Rodriguez and Gabe Kapler also homered for the Rangers.