Pedro Martinez, the only Boston pitcher to win this season, struck out 12 in 7 1-3 innings Sunday as the Red Sox beat Anaheim 5-2 and ended a four-game losing streak.
''Everything seems to be coming along now,'' Martinez said. ''It was just a good overall game.''
Milton, who pitched a no-hitter against Anaheim on Sept. 11, nearly matched the performance, retiring the first 20 Kansas City Royals in Minnesota's 13-7 win.
''It's silly to say, but I've been in that position before and I felt relaxed,'' he said. ''By no means am I used to it, but I have been in that position before, and it definitely calmed me down.''
In other games, Seattle beat the New York Yankees 9-3; Baltimore defeated Detroit 11-6; Texas edged Toronto 7-5; Oakland beat the Chicago White Sox 14-2; and Cleveland routed Tampa Bay 17-4.
Martinez (2-0), the unanimous AL Cy Young winner, allowed one run and five hits, and struck out at least 10 for the 10th straight start. The Red Sox are 2-4 this year. Besides Martinez, Boston's starters are 0-3 with an 8.64 ERA.
''The other starters are going to pitch good,'' manager Jimy Williams said. ''They're veteran pitchers who know how to throw strikes, know how to get outs, know how to win games.''
Martinez pitched seven scoreless innings in a 2-0 victory over Seattle in the opener. He improved to 5-0 against the Angels.
Troy O'Leary hit his first two homers of the year, and Carl Everett and Trot Nixon also homered as the Red Sox snapped the Angels' three-game winning streak. Kent Bottenfield (0-1) took the loss at home.
Mariners 9, Yankees 3
At Seattle, Jamie Moyer (1-1) allowed three hits in eight innings and the Mariners took advantage of three New York errors to score six unearned runs off Roger Clemens (1-1).
Orioles 11, Tigers 6
At Baltimore, Will Clark drove in three runs, and Rich Amaral, Albert Belle and Jeff Conine each had three hits as the Orioles won their fifth straight.
Rangers 7, Blue Jays 5
Rick Helling (1-0) gave up a two-run double to Carlos Delgado in the first, then didn't allow another runner past second until the fifth.
Athletics 14, White Sox 2
Jason Giambi hit a grand slam and also scored on his younger brother's sacrifice fly as host Oakland broke out of its offensive slump with a romp over Chicago.
Indians 17, Devil Rays 4
Omar Vizquel drove in five runs, Kenny Lofton had four RBIs and Manny Ramirez hit his 200th career homer as the Indians completed a three-game sweep at Tampa.
Roberto Alomar and David Justice also homered for the Indians, who improved to 4-2 during a season-opening nine-game road trip.
Indians starter Bartolo Colon (2-0) allowed one run and five hits in six innings.
Ryan Rupe (0-1) took the loss.
at Las Vegas
LAS VEGAS -- The NHRA Winston Drag Racing Series' newest venue was officially inaugurated by a couple of the sport's Top Fuel legends Sunday, as Kenny Bernstein defeated Joe Amato in a thrilling side-by-side, tire-smoking
finish at the NHRA SummitRacing.com Nationals.
Other professional winners were Jim Epler in Funny Car, Jeg Coughlin in Pro Stock, Angelle Seeling in Pro Stock Bike and Bob Panella in Pro Stock Truck before a standing-room-only crowd at the spectacular Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Bernstein finessed his dragster to a 4.907-second run at 282.78 mph, ousting Amato, who lost traction and ran 5.213 at 314.09 in his dragster. It was Bernstein's 23rd Top Fuel victory, and 53rd overall.
Epler scored his third career win and first since 1993, knocking off Tony Pedregon in the final. Epler's Chevy Camaro produced a winning 4.983 at 302.21, while Pedregon's Ford Mustang lost traction near the finish and recorded a 5.417 at
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