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Mays outduels Pedro with two-hit gem

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Joe Mays wasn't excited about facing Pedro Martinez for the second time in six days. He sure pitched as if he was.

Mays threw a two-hitter as the Minnesota Twins snapped
Martinez's scoreless streak and beat the Boston Red Sox 5-0 Friday
night.

"Our offense was definitely looking forward to facing Pedro more than I was,'' Mays said.

David Ortiz and Jacque Jones homered for the Twins, who ended Martinez's run at a career-high 35 scoreless innings -- the longest shutout streak in the majors since Greg Maddux went 39 1/3 innings in 2000.

Martinez (16-3) struck out 10 -- including seven in a row -- in
his second complete game of the season. But he gave up three earned
runs and eight hits to lose for the first time in 11 starts since a
2-1 defeat June 14 at Atlanta.

The right-hander was 9-0 in his previous 10 outings, and the
five runs were the most he'd allowed since a no-decision May 7 at
Oakland.

Martinez beat Mays 2-0 six days ago, striking out eight in eight
innings.

"Joe Mays, I can't say enough about him,'' Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "He was up for this battle, he wanted it. This time he knew he had to shut him out, and he did it.''

Mays (2-4) carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Johnny Damon's two-out double to right-center. The only other hit he allowed was a single by Carlos Baerga in the ninth.

Mays struck out six and walked two in his fifth career shutout
and first complete game of the season. An All-Star last year, Mays
spent more than three months on the disabled list this season with
an elbow injury.

"He's outstanding,'' Mays said of Martinez. "The room for error is so minimal against him. And it's a lot smaller after you've faced him a week ago.''

Torii Hunter singled and scored on Dustan Mohr's RBI groundout
in the fifth inning to end Martinez's scoreless string. The Red Sox
tried to turn an inning-ending double play, but Mohr beat the throw to first.

"I wasn't paying attention (to the streak),'' Martinez said.
"I thought we would come back.''

Minnesota added three more runs in the seventh. Ortiz hit a solo homer into the upper deck in right field, and Mohr and A.J. Pierzynski had bloop RBI singles.

Jones hit his 19th homer of the season in the eighth to make it
5-0.

Mays took care of the rest. He kept the Boston hitters
off-balance with great command of his breaking ball and a
surprising changeup.

"The biggest factor in my success tonight was being able to throw the changeup in fastball counts,'' Mays said. "I wasn't always able to do that.''

Mays got a little help from his defense as well. Second baseman
Luis Rivas robbed Jason Varitek of a hit in the fifth inning with a
diving stab, and shortstop Cristian Guzman made several nice
catches on bloopers into shallow left field.

"My defense ran down a lot of balls and made some great
plays,'' Mays said.

After giving up a one-out single to Guzman in the first,
Martinez retired 11 straight -- striking out seven in a row -- between the second and fifth innings. But he didn't have enough against Mays.

"Mays had his 'A' game today,'' Martinez said. "He was doing a
great job of mixing pitches, keeping the ball in the infield and
getting key outs. The fact that I was overmatched today, these
things happen.''

Game notes
Martinez's scoreless streak was the longest by a Red Sox
pitcher since Luis Tiant's 42 innings in 1972. ... Guzman extended
his hitting streak to 14 games. ... Rivas' hitting streak ended at
a career-high 12 games. ... Twins reliever LaTroy Hawkins was
ejected by second base umpire Tim Tschida in the middle of the
third inning for not moving his chair in the bullpen. ... Martinez
got his 200th strikeout of the season when he fanned Rivas in the
fourth inning. It's the sixth time in seven years he's reached the
plateau. ... Boston's two hits were a season low.