When Pedro Martinez pitches, the Boston Red Sox have little to worry about.
Martinez got his 13th win and lowered his ERA to 2.10 -- both best in the major leagues -- to lead the Red Sox over the Texas Rangers, 5-2, yesterday at Fenway Park.
"It's a team situation, but you have to look at the man on the mound," Red Sox Manager Jimy Williams said. "The pitches he has and how he changes speeds, it's special."
Martinez (13-2), who allowed one run and six hits in eight innings, wasn't overpowering but was in control throughout. He walked none and struck out 10, increasing his total to 161, also tops in the majors.
Martinez struck out at least one batter in every inning except the seventh in his 10th double-digit strikeout game in 15 starts, the 45th of his career.
"I had good control of my stuff," he said. "Up to the end, I felt pretty good. I felt pretty strong. The plan was for me to come back until we scored two runs in the eighth."
INDIANS 13, MARINERS 5: Despite Manny Ramirez's absence, host Cleveland kept on scoring.
Ramirez, baseball's RBI leader with 79, was struck by a pitch from Seattle's Frankie Rodriguez (2-1) and left after two innings with a bruised left index finger. X-rays were negative, and Ramirez is day to day.
But even without their cleanup hitter, the Indians' scoring machine kept chugging along at a record pace. Cleveland scored in double digits for the second straight game and 14th time this season.
The Indians, averaging 6.8 runs, have scored 54 runs in six games and remain on pace to set the major league record for runs in a season.
BLUE JAYS 2, ROYALS 1: Just hours after signing a contract extension with Toronto, David Wells had a debt to pay.
Wells pitched his first complete game this year, and Tony Fernandez got the winning hit against visiting Kansas City.
Wells (8-5), who agreed to an $11.5 million, one-year extension through 2001, allowed four hits, no walks and struck out seven.
With a hefty paycheck ensured, Wells promised $500 to the player who provided the game-winning hit.
"It was nice to bail him out; he has to pay up now," Fernandez said.
ATHLETICS 6, TIGERS 5: John Jaha isn't looking forward to Detroit's move from Tiger Stadium.
"For some reason, I've always liked hitting here," he said after his second straight two-homer game led Oakland. "Part of it is because I like all the old parks."
ANGELS 4, YANKEES 2: Tim Belcher pitched eight strong innings, and Matt Luke hit a two-run homer as visiting Anaheim snapped a six-game losing streak.
Belcher (5-6) helped end Anaheim's longest skid since last July and won for the second time in three starts, beating the Yankees for just the third time in 10 career decisions.
DEVIL RAYS 6, TWINS 5: Miguel Cairo's run-scoring single in the 11th inning lifted Tampa Bay on the road.
Aaron Ledesma had an infield single, his third hit of the game, to lead off the 11th. Ledesma advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Mike Trombley (1-4) walked pinch hitter Wade Boggs intentionally and then got pinch hitter Fred McGriff to line out before Cairo singled.
CAPTION: Tony Fernandez's single secures victory for Blue Jays, makes him richer after Toronto starter David Wells promised $500 to player with game-winning hit.