Fenway Park Field

April 29, 1998

Pedro Martinez was still getting acquainted with the Red Sox, Fenway Park and New England – particularly New England fans – when he came down with a stomach ailment that, in other times and in other places, might have induced him to sit out a scheduled start against the Detroit Tigers.

He went on despite it all. And while he didn’t take the loss that ended a six-game Red Sox winning streak, he was not himself in a 7-5 Tigers win.

Martinez, still 2-0, went six innings, allowing four earned runs on nine hits. The loss went to Brian Shouse, against whom Brian Hunter lined a two-run homer into the screen in the seventh.

The Red Sox dropped to 17-7, one-half game ahead of the Yankees – but .006 percentage points behind them.

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