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The Angels got six hits off Martinez in the first three innings Saturday, but Martinez regrouped after a 43-minute rain delay and beat the Angels 6-1 before a sellout crowd of 32,519 at Fenway Park
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The loss, coupled with Texas' win, reduced the Angels' AL West lead to two games.
There were two rain delays in the game, the first one coming in the middle of the fourth inning and the second - which lasted only six minutes - came in the middle of the fifth.
When the umpiring crew, led by crew chief Dave Phillips, called the second one, the Angels were upset. They felt it had been raining even harder during their at-bat in the top of the fifth, but the umps let the game go on to guarantee it would become official.
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When play resumed after the second delay, the game zipped by.
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``He was throwing strikes and getting ahead, forcing you to swing.''
Martinez (18-4) went eight innings, allowing only an RBI RBI
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run batted in single by Troy Glaus in the second inning and a total of seven hits. The Angels had only one hit after the third inning.
``You never know how somebody might come out of a rain delay,'' Angels manager Terry Collins said. ``Pedro came out even better.
Angels starter Jack McDowell (3-3) not only didn't come out better after the delay, he didn't come out at all. He gave up five runs and six hits in three innings before the first delay, and was replaced by Omar Olivares when the game resumed in the bottom of the fourth.
The Red Sox scored two in the second and three more in the third - getting home runs from John Valentin and Troy O'Leary - to take a 5-1 lead.
``I didn't get ahead (in the count),'' McDowell said after his first loss in three starts since returning from the disabled list. ``When I threw first-pitch strikes, I hung a couple. I didn't have good command within the zone today.''
McDowell added that it was probably a good idea he didn't pitch after the delay but did say he could do it.
``I've always been better after rain delays,'' he said. ``You get loose, then you get a breather. It's a fallacy when guys talk about it in the (TV) booth - `He's going to stiffen stiff·en
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Either way, nothing really seemed to matter with Martinez pitching.
``I've never seen Pedro throw more off-speed pitches than he did today,'' said left fielder Gregg Jefferies, who went 1 for 4 in his Angels debut. ``Obviously, it's working for him. But he's a different pitcher than when he was in the National League.''