On the first day of interleague play, Pedro Martinez showed the Atlanta Braves what American Leaguers have seen all season -- one strikeout after another.
Martinez struck out a career-high 16, pitching a three-hitter to become baseball's first 11-game winner and lead the Red Sox over the Braves and Tom Glavine, 5-1, last night in Boston.
"I felt great," Martinez said. "I felt I could throw it by anybody, and I did."
Martinez (11-1) raised his major league-leading strikeout total to 133, fanning Brian Jordan four times and Gerald Williams three times. He reached double digits for the eighth time this season, the 16th time since he joined the Red Sox before last season and the 43rd time in his career.
"A special game," a usually reserved Boston Manager Jimy Williams raved. "That game is hard to top."
Atlanta's run came on Ryan Klesko's seventh homer of the year, a 310-foot shot that landed just inside the right field foul pole in the seventh inning.
That cut Boston's lead to 4-1, and the Red Sox went on to win for the 21st time in 27 games. Damon Buford, who went 3 for 4, made it 5-1 with a homer in the eighth.
"I've never seen anyone locked in like he is," Boston pitching coach Joe Kerrigan said of Martinez. "He can knock you out with power. He can knock you out with finesse."
BLUE JAYS 6, EXPOS 2: David Wells won for just the second time in six starts, and Homer Bush and Jose Cruz Jr. drove in two runs each to lead host Toronto.
"I'm not talking to you guys until we get a little consideration, until you guys write some positive things," Wells told reporters afterward. "I don't think the fans deserve to hear the bad things and the personal things that go on here in the clubhouse."
Wells likely was referring to a report he was out late the night before his previous start.
YANKEES 4, METS 3: Scott Brosius hit a tiebreaking double and the host Yankees derailed the Mets in the opener of the Subway Series, sending their crosstown rivals to their seventh straight loss.
A boisterous, sellout crowd of 56,175 saw Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada homer as the Yankees improved to 5-2 overall in three seasons of interleague play against the Mets.
"I'm glad you were entertained," Yankees Manager Joe Torre said. "This series takes on a life of its own."
Jeter has reached base in all 52 Yankees games this year. He also made a superb diving catch in outplaying Gold Glover Rey Ordonez in a matchup of star shortstops.
DIAMONDBACKS 11, RANGERS 3: Randy Johnson didn't give up a hit until Juan Gonzalez singled in the seventh as host Arizona stopped the Rangers' nine-game winning streak. Arizona won for the ninth time in 10 games. Johnson allowed three hits and struck out 11 in eight innings. "That's as good of stuff as I've seen him have since I've been playing behind him," Steve Finley said. "He was hitting his location. When you're throwing 98 or 99 on the inside corner, there's not a whole lot anybody can do."
CUBS 5, INDIANS 4: Gary Gaetti hit a two-run homer in the ninth off Mike Jackson as Chicago rallied over host Cleveland. It was the Cubs' eighth final at-bat win in 16 games. "Good teams do that," Gaetti said. "The teams that I've played on that have gone to the playoffs and beyond have all won like that."
Last night was the 25th anniversary of "10-Cent Beer Night" at Cleveland Stadium when fans rioted during the Indians game against the Texas Rangers. "I remember standing near the mound and looking up and feeling like Custer because there was a wall of humanity coming at me," said Indians Manager Mike Hargrove, a rookie with the Rangers in 1974.
MARLINS 10, DEVIL RAYS 0: Bruce Aven homered and drove in a career-high five runs to help knuckleballer Dennis Springer win in St. Petersburg, Fla. Preston Wilson also hit his 13th homer, tops in the majors by a rookie, as Springer (2-6) limited his former team to seven hits for his first complete game in 13 months and first shutout since July 28, 1997.
TIGERS 4, CARDINALS 1: Frank Catalanotto hit a two-run homer and Brian Moehler pitched seven strong innings as Detroit won at home. Mark McGwire, who hit his first major league homer in Detroit in 1986, was 0 for 4. After the game, McGwire was reluctant to talk. "The game ended 10 minutes ago," McGwire shouted over his shoulder, heading toward the trainers' room while eating an ice cream sandwich.
PIRATES 6, WHITE SOX 3: In Chicago, Jason Kendall snapped an 11th inning tie with a two-run single and Warren Morris followed with a three-run homer. The victory was the seventh straight for the Pirates.
ASTROS 7, TWINS 6: Derek Bell hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning and Jeff Bagwell hit his 16th homer as visiting Houston rallied from a four-run deficit to beat Minnesota.
ROCKIES 9, BREWERS 8: Dante Bichette's RBI single with two outs in the 10th was his fourth hit of the game and gave host Colorado the victory.
DODGERS 5, ANGELS 4: In Los Angeles, Jose Vizcaino hit a two-run homer and Chance Sanford singled home two runs during a five-run fourth.
PADRES 3, MARINERS 2: In San Diego, David Newhan, making his major league debut, scored the go-ahead run on John Vander Wal's bases-loaded, broken-bat grounder in the eighth.
ROYALS-REDS, PPD.: A problem with lights on the left field side of Kauffman Stadium caused the postponement. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader today starting at 5:05 p.m. EDT.
CAPTION: Boston's Pedro Martinez stares down the Braves with a career-high 16-strikeout, three-hitter. Batter Brian Jordan struck out four times.
CAPTION: Two of the game's most prolific long-ball hitters, the Indians' Manny Ramirez, left, and the Cubs' Sammy Sosa, engage in a little small talk. (Photo ran in an earlier edition)