Oakland at Boston

W: T. Wakefield (4-1) L: D. Haren (1-5)
HR: OAK - None   BOS - K. Millar (1), T. Nixon (4)

Ramirez beaned but OK as BoSox blast sloppy A's

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BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox still had plenty of power after Manny Ramirez was plunked in the head by a first-inning pitch.

Trot Nixon hit a two-run homer and drove in four runs, Kevin Millar hit a three-run shot for his first homer of the season, and Boston beat the sloppy Oakland Athletics 13-5 Monday night.

"It's good, when a pitcher makes a mistake, to capitalize on it," Nixon said, "and I was fortunate enough to hit a couple of mistakes."

Oakland's fielding mistakes may have been worse than its pitching problems. Nine of Boston's runs were unearned -- all five in the fourth inning and four in a seven-run seventh -- and first baseman Scott Hatteberg made two errors on one play in the fourth.

"If we make that play, perhaps we get out of that inning with no runs," Athletics manager Ken Macha said. "It was a big play of the game."

Oakland's problems started in the first when Dan Haren's first pitch to Ramirez, a breaking ball, hit the slugger on the left side of the head. There were no symptoms of a concussion and Ramirez was resting comfortably at home, team spokesman Glenn Geffner said. There was no estimate on when he might play again.

Those woes continued when Macha was ejected by plate umpire Mark Carlson in the sixth after the first pitch to Jason Kendall was called a strike. And Oakland's hitters stranded 12 runners.

"It would be worse if we got nobody on," Macha said.

Ramirez's beaning put three men on base for Boston in the first and Jay Payton pinch ran. David Ortiz then grounded into a double play, scoring the first run.

"It didn't unravel me," Haren said of the beaning. "It was the only curveball I threw that went that way."

Tim Wakefield (4-1) got his 118th win with the Red Sox, moving into sole possession of fifth place in team history, one ahead of Pedro Martinez and Smokey Joe Wood. Boston's starters are 8-0 in 10 games since Curt Schilling and David Wells went on the disabled list.

"I didn't have my best knuckleball," said Wakefield, who allowed three runs and seven hits in six innings with five walks and two strikeouts. "I was very fortunate that out offense scored as many runs as it did."

Johnny Damon went 2-for-4, extending his hitting streak to 15 games and raising his batting average to .373. Only Detroit's Carlos Guillen at .387 is better in the AL.

"If I didn't get my job done, I know I have other guys on the team who will pick me up," Damon said. "That let us relax."

Wakefield left after six innings with a 6-3 lead, and Boston batted around in the seventh when shortstop Mario Scutaro booted a grounder for an error. Keeichi Yabu allowed all seven runs, including the homers to Nixon and Millar, who ended the longest home run drought of his career at 120 at-bats.

When Millar first returned to the dugout, his teammates ignored him.

"I got back, and no one got up," he said. "I said, 'That's OK, I don't deserve it.' "

Haren (1-5) pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings for St. Louis in last year's World Series against Boston. But on Monday the Red Sox loaded the bases with no outs in the five-run fourth on singles by Ortiz, Millar and Edgar Renteria. Bill Mueller then grounded to Hatteberg, who dropped the ball, allowing Ortiz to score. When Hatteberg threw wildly to first base for his second error on the play, Millar also scored.

Renteria scored on a wild pitch before Nixon's double made it 6-2. Scutaro doubled in a run for Oakland in the sixth.

Oakland, which had been shut out in its previous two games by the New York Yankees, went ahead 2-1 in the third on a two-run double by Bobby Kielty.


  • Oakland was 4-for-12 with runners in scoring position after going 4-for-37 in those situations in the previous four games.
  • The University of Massachusetts' new basketball coach, Travis Ford, threw out the ceremonial first pitch. He was a point guard at Kentucky and coached at Eastern Kentucky.
  • Ramirez was hit in the thigh by Seattle's Joel Pineiro in the opener of a doubleheader on Sunday. He stayed in until Payton pinch hit for him in the fourth. In the second game, Ramirez struck out as a pinch hitter for the last out.
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Manny Ramirez is hit on the side of the head by Dan Haren's breaking ball in the first inning.  (AP)
Manny Ramirez is hit on the side of the head by Dan Haren's breaking ball in the first inning. (AP)

Players of the Game

T. Nixon
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1

K. Millar
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Oakland Athletics
Mark Kotsay, CF5021003 .305
    Charles Thomas, CF0000000 .094
Jason Kendall, C3000102 .219
   a- Adam Melhuse, PH-C1011000 .154
Eric Chavez, 3B4110122 .192
Scott Hatteberg, 1B4110102 .271
Bobby Kielty, RF5012003 .238
Erubiel Durazo, DH5010001 .254
Eric Byrnes, LF3210200 .213
Mark Ellis, 2B-SS4020102 .284
Marco Scutaro, SS3011012 .258
   b- Jermaine Clark, PH-2B0100100 .000
a-singled for Kendall in the 8th
b-walked for Scutaro in the 8th
2B - Bobby Kielty (2, Wakefield), Eric Byrnes (3, Halama), Marco Scutaro (6, Wakefield)
RBI - Mark Kotsay (14), Adam Melhuse (2), Bobby Kielty 2 (13), Marco Scutaro (9)
2-OUT RBI - Mark Kotsay (5), Adam Melhuse (2), Bobby Kielty 2 (6)
CS - Mark Kotsay (2, 2nd base by Wakefield/Mirabelli)
Team LOB - 12
DP - Hatteberg-Scutaro-Haren, Haren-Scutaro-Hatteberg
E - Scott Hatteberg 2 (4, Misplayed grounder, wild throw), Marco Scutaro (3, Misplayed grounder)
Oakland Athletics
Dan Haren (L,1-5) 3.2561420 5.21
Justin Duchscherer 1.2200020 1.33
Ricardo Rincon 0.2000010 4.15
Keiichi Yabu 1573102 3.29
Juan Cruz 1000120 8.44
HBP - Ramirez (by Dan Haren)
WP - Dan Haren (4)
Pitches-Strikes - Dan Haren 86-45, Justin Duchscherer 17-13, Ricardo Rincon 8-5, Keiichi Yabu 34-18, Juan Cruz 17-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Dan Haren 7-1, Justin Duchscherer 1-2, Keiichi Yabu 3-1
Batters Faced - Dan Haren 20, Justin Duchscherer 7, Ricardo Rincon 2, Keiichi Yabu 10, Juan Cruz 4
Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF4322102 .373
Trot Nixon, RF4124112 .306
Manny Ramirez, LF0000000 .250
    Jay Payton, PR-LF4110001 .211
David Ortiz, DH3210200 .282
Kevin Millar, 1B4223101 .257
Edgar Renteria, SS5110023 .237
Bill Mueller, 3B4110111 .241
    Kevin Youkilis, 3B0000000 .391
Doug Mirabelli, C4110013 .226
Mark Bellhorn, 2B4110024 .233
2B - Trot Nixon (5, Haren), Mark Bellhorn (11, Yabu)
HR - Trot Nixon (4, Yabu), Kevin Millar (1, Yabu)
RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (19), Trot Nixon 4 (18), Kevin Millar 3 (18)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon 2 (6), Trot Nixon 4 (9)
Team LOB - 6
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield (W,4-1) 6733520 3.18
Mike Myers (H,3) 0.2000010 0.00
Mike Timlin (H,8) 0.1000000 1.13
Cla Meredith 1222200 33.75
John Halama 1200000 4.41
WP - Tim Wakefield (2), Cla Meredith (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 102-64, Mike Myers 10-7, Mike Timlin 3-1, Cla Meredith 22-12, John Halama 13-12
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 5-10, Mike Myers 1-0, Cla Meredith 1-2, John Halama 1-2
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 29, Mike Myers 2, Mike Timlin 1, Cla Meredith 7, John Halama 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35000
Game Time - 3:03
Temperature - 49
Umpires - Home - Mark Carlson, First Base - Joe West, Second Base - Brian Gorman, Third Base - Mike DiMuro