BALTIMORE, April 5 (UPI) -- Tony Batista's bases-loaded walk with one out in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday lifted the Baltimore Orioles to a 2-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox.
Once again, it was Chad Fox (0-2) who ended an effective start by Pedro Martinez with a loss. On Opening Day, Fox gave up the game-winning, three-run homer to Carl Crawford in a 6-4 loss at Tampa Bay on Monday, spoiling a potential win for Martinez.
Fox did not cost Martinez a win this time, but he again walked off the field with a loss.
After the Red Sox tied the game in the top of the ninth inning, 1-1, with the help of four walks by Orioles closer Jorge Julio, Fox entered in the bottom of the inning.
After retiring Gary Matthews on a flyout, Fox walked B.J. Surhoff and Jeff Conine followed with a double down the left field line. Fox intentionally walked Jay Gibbons to load the bases and then fell behind 3-0 on Batista.
He came back with two strikes and Batista fouled off the sixth pitch before Fox threw a pitch inside and high to force in pinch-runner Melvin Mora with the winning run.