ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- When Chito Martinez went on the disabled list May 5 with an injured right hamstring, the Rochester Red Wings were 10-10. When he came off for the second time, on May 28, they were 19-25.
"I'm one guy on the team," Martinez said. "It takes nine to win. Saying that I was out caused the team to lose, I can't agree with that."
Martinez has contributed enough in the eight games since his return to make one reconsider the statement. In his third game back, he hit two home runs -- a three-run homer and a grand slam -- to spark a 14-2 rout of the Nashville Sounds on Friday. He added homers Saturday and Monday to take the Class AAA International League lead with 11, as the Red Wings have won six of eight games.
* Israel Sanchez extended his perfect record as a starter Tuesday night when he defeated Nashville, 7-1, winning his third start with his third complete game since replacing Roy Smith, who was called up to Baltimore, in the rotation. He has allowed three runs in 25 innings.
* NOTES: Mike Mussina and Chris Myers both have won 2 straight games. Mussina had lost 3 in a row and the left-handed Myers, 2. . . . OF Tony Chance threw his glove into the stands after the seventh inning Friday, when a ball went through the web and instead of an out, Chance had an error. "I can't play with faulty equipment," he said. "Let someone else play with it." . . . Luis Mercedes had reached base in each of his first 34 games. After not having played for 13 straight games late last month, Mercedes returned to the lineup and collected a single, extending a hitting streak that would reach 11 games before ending Saturday. . . . Jack Voigt has hit in 8 of the 10 games in which he has made a plate appearance. . . . Jeff Wetherby asked for and was granted his release last week. Wetherby had batted .143 with 5 RBI in 25 games.