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Baltimore 2, Boston 1

April 5, 2003 at 5:08 PM   |   Comments

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.

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