Cincinnati at Boston

W: M. Clement (7-1) L: E. Milton (3-8)
HR: CIN - J. Valentin (2)   BOS - M. Ramirez (13)

Ramirez powers Red Sox in historic rematch

CBS wire reports

BOSTON -- Manny Ramirez stopped to watch his fly ball sail toward the foul pole, just as Carlton Fisk did 30 years earlier.

And, just like Boston's Hall of Fame catcher who had stared from home plate, Ramirez raised his arms skyward, after waiting between first and second base, when his shot just reached the stands for a home run.

Ramirez's three-run drive to right field helped Boston to a 10-3 win over Cincinnati on a night when the Red Sox celebrated Fisk's shot against the Reds that hit the left-field foul pole and gave them a 7-6 win in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

Boston lost Game 7 at home, the teams' last meeting until Monday, but the current Red Sox are on an offensive roll sparked by Ramirez's hitting revival.

"Manny's going to hit," Boston right fielder Jay Payton said. "Everybody gets on him because his average isn't .320, but he's still hitting some homers and driving in runs and Manny's going to have his (usual) numbers at the end of the year."

Ramirez has 13 homers and 49 RBI. He went 2-for-5 to raise his batting average to .254 and is hitting .339 in his last 14 games.

The Red Sox led 7-2 when Ramirez capped a five-run, sixth inning with a high fly near the low right-field wall. Wily Mo Pena ran over but the ball appeared to hit his glove as he neared the fence and it bounced into the stands. Ramirez raised both arms in a touchdown gesture when first-base umpire Terry Craft gave the home-run signal.

Back on Oct. 21, 1975, Fisk watched his ball sail to the opposite foul pole, waved his arms toward fair territory then jumped when it was ruled a homer. Before Monday's game, that pole was renamed the "Fisk Pole" in a brief ceremony that Fisk attended. He also threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former batterymate, pitcher Luis Tiant.

"I don't know if embarrassed is the right word. But you wonder whether you deserve it," Fisk said.

On Monday night, Matt Clement (7-1) allowed three runs and six hits in eight innings with a season-high nine strikeouts and one walk in his first start since giving up seven runs in a 9-2 loss at St. Louis.

"It's nice to get back home," he said. "We've just played two pretty intense series" at St. Louis and the Chicago Cubs where Boston was 2-4.

He allowed two runs in the fifth on Felipe Lopez's RBI triple and Rich Aurilia's sacrifice fly and one in the eighth on Javier Valentin's second homer of the season.

"Even the worst pitchers can give up six, seven runs with that (Red Sox) lineup," Valentin said. "He can be relaxed with that lineup."

The Red Sox had 16 hits one day after getting 17, their second most of the year, in an 8-1 win over the Cubs. They also had a season-high seven extra-base hits in each game. Johnny Damon had three singles after getting a double, triple and homer on Sunday night.

"It was nice to have another hitter in the lineup" after playing without the designated hitter in the NL cities, said Boston bench coach Brad Mills, who filled in while manager Terry Francona attended his daughter's high school graduation.

Boston scored nine runs off Eric Milton (3-8), who matched his career-high for runs allowed, set in 2002 against Cleveland. He's given up at least six runs in six of his last eight starts.

"We made a few changes mechanically. I felt a lot stronger," Milton said. "It's been 14 starts already. I figured I'd have things worked out by now."

Edgar Renteria hit a two-run double in the third and Boston made it 5-0 in the fourth on RBI singles by Jason Varitek and Damon and a run-scoring double by Bill Mueller. Leading 5-2 in the sixth, Boston received a two-run single from David Ortiz and Ramirez's homer off Matt Belisle.


  • Sean Casey extended his hitting streak to nine games.
  • For the second time in 14 starts, Milton didn't allow a homer. He's given up 22 homers this year, the most in the majors. The first batter after he left the game, Ramirez, homered off Belisle.
  • The Red Sox scored at least 10 runs for the sixth time this season and the first since a 17-1 win on May 28 at the New York Yankees.
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Manny Ramirez flips off his helmet after a three-run homer in Boston's five-run sixth inning. (Getty Images)
Manny Ramirez flips off his helmet after a three-run homer in Boston's five-run sixth inning. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

M. Clement
IP 8.0
H 6
ER 3
BB 1
K 9

M. Ramirez
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Cincinnati Reds
Ryan Freel, CF4000000 .299
Joe Randa, 3B4010010 .291
Sean Casey, 1B3010001 .325
    Jacob Cruz, 1B0000100 .280
Ken Griffey Jr., DH3000021 .278
   a- Kenny Kelly, PH-DH1000011 .500
Wily Mo Pena, RF4000031 .296
Adam Dunn, LF2110110 .245
Felipe Lopez, SS4111013 .308
Rich Aurilia, 2B2001010 .242
Javier Valentin, C3121010 .232
a-struck out for Griffey in the 9th
2B - Javier Valentin (3, Clement)
3B - Felipe Lopez (1, Clement)
HR - Javier Valentin (2, Clement)
SF - Rich Aurilia (2)
RBI - Felipe Lopez (36), Rich Aurilia (23), Javier Valentin (8)
Team LOB - 4
E - Javier Valentin (1, Wild throw)
Cincinnati Reds
Eric Milton (L,3-8) 5.21199230 7.97
Matt Belisle 2.1511011 4.60
WP - Eric Milton (6)
Pitches-Strikes - Eric Milton 99-67, Matt Belisle 36-25
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Eric Milton 6-8
Batters Faced - Eric Milton 30, Matt Belisle 12
Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF4231000 .349
    Trot Nixon, RF1000000 .290
Edgar Renteria, SS4122102 .269
David Ortiz, DH5112022 .296
Manny Ramirez, LF5223001 .254
Kevin Millar, 1B4020011 .269
    John Olerud, 1B1010000 .375
Jason Varitek, C4121001 .326
   a- Doug Mirabelli, PH-C1000002 .220
Bill Mueller, 3B4111012 .274
Jay Payton, RF-CF3220100 .252
Mark Bellhorn, 2B4000004 .244
a-lined out for Varitek in the 8th
2B - Edgar Renteria (9, Milton), Manny Ramirez (13, Milton), Kevin Millar (10, Milton), Jason Varitek (12, Belisle), Bill Mueller (9, Milton), Jay Payton (4, Milton)
HR - Manny Ramirez (13, Belisle)
RBI - Johnny Damon (36), Edgar Renteria 2 (26), David Ortiz 2 (52), Manny Ramirez 3 (49), Jason Varitek (27), Bill Mueller (19)
2-OUT RBI - Johnny Damon (16), Edgar Renteria 2 (9), David Ortiz 2 (20), Manny Ramirez 3 (21)
Team LOB - 8
DP - Renteria-Millar
Boston Red Sox
Matt Clement (W,7-1) 8633191 3.76
Matt Mantei 1000120 5.40
HBP - Dunn (by Matt Mantei)
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Clement 107-73, Matt Mantei 19-9
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Clement 6-7, Matt Mantei 1-0
Batters Faced - Matt Clement 29, Matt Mantei 5
Game Information
Attendance - 35478
Game Time - 2:45
Temperature - 91
Umpires - Home - Rick Reed, First Base - Terry Craft, Second Base - Ted Barrett, Third Base - Alfonso Marquez