Confidence is one thing Martinez does not seem to lack. As Valenzuela did at his best, Martinez pitches better when he is in a jam.
"I think to myself, when a guy's on second and third, I have to concentrate and strike the guy out. And I get him. I have to concentrate more, because there might be a speedy runner on first."
The Dodgers didn't have many baserunners against Gross, who retired 12 straight batters between the fourth and seventh innings. If Martinez thought he was a hard-luck pitcher Thursday, Gross had an even better case. He pitched eight innings, giving up five hits and two runs, walking none and striking out five.
"Gross always pitches that way against us," Anderson said. "We've always had problems with him. We were fortunate to win. I think the same thing with Ramon. He pitched good enough to win. The guy's done everything we've asked him to."