Pedro Martinez led the majors in ERA, wins, win percentage, strikeouts per nine and WAR during his dominant 1999 campaign. It was all on display for his 22nd win of the season at home against the Blue Jays - this was his seventh straight game with 10-plus strikeouts (the second such streak of the season for him), tying Nolan Ryan's double-digit strikeout streak set in 1977. With his next start, Pedro struck out 12, setting the record at eight, which stands to this day. He closed the game out in style, striking out Carlos Delgado to begin the ninth inning, his 300th strikeout of the season.
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Game score of 93, April 11, 1998 vs. Mariners
In his third start of the season, Pedro tossed a complete game shutout at home against the Mariners. He struck out 12 and allowed just two hits. The owner of one of those two hits? Alex Rodriguez. This was the first game the two faced off, A-Rod going 1-for-4. Over the course of 62 career at-bats, A-Rod only collected three extra-base hits and struck out 23 times against the Hall of Famer.
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Game score of 98, May 12, 2000 at Orioles
Pedro was able to collect his sixth win in just his seventh start of the season. Despite the Red Sox scoring nine runs on 16 hits, his effiecency helped shorten the game time to just 2 hours and 17 minutes. This was his first of four complete game shutouts tossed in 2000. He allowed just two singles, did not walk a batter and struck out 15, his fifth double-digit strikeout game of the season (he totaled 15 double-digit strikeout games in 2000).
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Game score of 98, August 29, 2000 at Devil Rays
This game started out with benches clearing after leadoff hitter Gerald Williams took exception to being hit by a pitch. After that? Pedro retired 24 straight Devil Rays, taking a no hitter into the ninth inning. It was the second one-hit shutout of his career and his only such game as a member of the Red Sox.
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Game score of 98, September 10, 1999 at Yankees
Friday September 10, 1999 saw Pedro's best start of his career, according to game score. He struck out a season-high (then a career-high) 17 batters, allowed a season-low (and tied a career-low) one hit and did not walk a batter. After giving up a home run to Chili Davis in the second inning, Pedro sat down 22 straight Yankees to end the game, striking out the side in the fifth, seventh and ninth innings. Every Yankee to see an at-bat recorded at least one strikeout. His spectacular start set the tempo for a sweep on the road against the first place Yankees.