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Manny makes most of second chance, rips BoSox's decisive HR

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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CHICAGO -- Manny Ramirez is a tough enough out. Give him a second chance at the plate -- like the Chicago White Sox did Thursday night -- and it can mean the difference between winning and losing.

On the first pitch after Chicago third baseman Joe Crede dropped his foul pop-up for an error, Ramirez homered in the ninth, sending the Boston Red Sox to a 6-5 win and giving Curt Schilling his first victory as a reliever since 1992.

"That was huge. This was a game of little things," said Schilling, who blew the save when Crede hit a two-out, game-tying double in the eighth, then got his first win since April 18, when he was a starter.

"A foul ball gets dropped and that is the difference in the game," Schilling said.

Crede couldn't hang on to the high pop-up near the third base stands when the ball drifted back toward the field. It ended his 49-game streak without an error and gave Ramirez another chance.

"You just knew once Crede dropped that ball that Manny was going to do something special," Boston's Johnny Damon said.

Ramirez sent his 26th homer to left center off Luis Vizcaino (4-4) and Boston had just its fourth win in the last 10 games.

Crede's error was the third of the game for the White Sox, helping the Red Sox to three unearned runs.

"Our defense was not what we've played all year long. Joe has been playing good. It was not an easy play," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said.

Ramirez did not comment after the game.

Crede's error couldn't have come at a worse time for the White Sox, who have lost three straight, all at home.

"It's a humbling feeling. You got to keep your head up," Crede said.

"The people in the stands were looking like they were ready to grab for it. When I looked for the railing I saw them getting ready to grab it and all of a sudden it drifts back. But it's a routine play I should make."

The White Sox tied it in the eighth when Aaron Rowand doubled with one out, went to third on an infield out and scored on Crede's two-out double.

"I'm incredibly disappointed. I forgot the feeling of letting down your starter and your team," Schilling said after his fifth relief appearance. "That's probably why I'm so upset about it. It's an adjustment."

Boston took a 5-4 lead with two seventh-inning runs as Chicago second baseman Tadahito Iguchi made two errors on one play and Kevin Millar hit a sacrifice fly.

Boston starter Matt Clement gave up six hits and four runs, including three homers, in six innings, and Mike Timlin pitched the seventh before Schilling came on.

Chicago starter Mark Buehrle gave up 10 hits and five runs -- three earned -- in six-plus innings.

In the seventh, Damon reached on an infield single to second, Edgar Renteria walked and David Ortiz hit a hard hopper than went off Iguchi's glove for the first error.

Damon scored all the way from second with a hard slide and when Iguchi's throw got by catcher A.J. Pierzynski for a second error, Renteria and Ortiz moved up.

Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases before Cliff Politte relieved Buehrle and struck out Jason Varitek. But Millar hit a fly ball to right to score Renteria. Ortiz was thrown out at third by right fielder Timo Perez on the play just after Renteria had crossed the plate.

Carl Everett hit his 14th homer, a two-run shot in the first that just cleared the center field fence, for a 2-0 lead. It came after Scott Podsednik singled leading off and then stole his major league-leading 49th base.

Paul Konerko and Rowand added solo shots in the fourth to give the White Sox a 4-1 lead. Konerko's homer was his 22nd and Rowand's his sixth and first since June 12.

Boston cut the lead to two in the fifth when Damon doubled and scored when Renteria's long liner to center went off Rowand's glove for another double. Moments after a high tight pitch, Ortiz punched an RBI single to left that ticked Crede's glove and cut the lead to 4-3.

In the second, Varitek singled, Trot Nixon reached on an infield hit and Bill Mueller hit an RBI double. Nixon attempted to score from third on Tony Graffanino's bouncer to short but Juan Uribe easily threw him out.

Notes

  • Clement has given up seven homers in his last three starts after yielding just six in his first 17 outings.
  • Buehrle was the sixth straight left-hander faced by the Red Sox, the first time that's happened since 1914.
  • Buehrle has pitched at least six innings in 48 straight starts.
  • Perez walked after a 12-pitch at-bat against Clement in the sixth.
  • The White Sox are considering putting DH Frank Thomas on the disabled list with a sore ankle, Guillen said after the game.
 
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Boston's Manny Ramirez is careful to hold his batting helmet in place after his Windy City homer.  (AP)
Boston's Manny Ramirez is careful to hold his batting helmet in place after his Windy City homer. (AP)

Players of the Game
Chicago

A. Rowand
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

E. Renteria
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Boston Red Sox
Johnny Damon, CF5220004 .339
Edgar Renteria, SS4231102 .280
David Ortiz, DH5011002 .306
Manny Ramirez, LF3111202 .280
Jason Varitek, C5020015 .302
Kevin Millar, 1B3101014 .271
    John Olerud, 1B1010000 .290
Trot Nixon, RF5020011 .293
Bill Mueller, 3B3011101 .282
Tony Graffanino, 2B4010001 .298
    Adam Stern, PR0000000 .200
    Alex Cora, 2B0000000 .201
Totals3861454322 
Batting
2B - Johnny Damon (27, Buehrle), Edgar Renteria (16, Buehrle), Jason Varitek (19, Vizcaino), Bill Mueller (18, Buehrle)
HR - Manny Ramirez (26, Vizcaino)
SF - Kevin Millar (5)
RBI - Edgar Renteria (34), David Ortiz (86), Manny Ramirez (87), Kevin Millar (34), Bill Mueller (39)
Team LOB - 10
Boston Red Sox
Matt Clement 6644253 4.30
Mike Timlin (H,17) 1100110 1.51
Curt Schilling (BS,1; W,2-3) 2211030 7.23
Pitches-Strikes - Matt Clement 109-69, Mike Timlin 19-10, Curt Schilling 39-29
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Matt Clement 9-4, Mike Timlin 1-1, Curt Schilling 2-1
Batters Faced - Matt Clement 26, Mike Timlin 5, Curt Schilling 8
Chicago White Sox
Scott Podsednik, LF4110000 .293
Tadahito Iguchi, 2B5010022 .269
Carl Everett, DH4112111 .265
Paul Konerko, 1B4111022 .251
A.J. Pierzynski, C4000010 .243
Aaron Rowand, CF4231000 .289
Timo Perez, RF3010101 .247
Joe Crede, 3B4011013 .248
Juan Uribe, SS3000122 .233
Totals355953911 
Batting
2B - Tadahito Iguchi (16, Timlin), Aaron Rowand (18, Schilling), Joe Crede (15, Schilling)
HR - Carl Everett (14, Clement), Paul Konerko (22, Clement), Aaron Rowand (6, Clement)
SH - Scott Podsednik (4)
RBI - Carl Everett 2 (56), Paul Konerko (58), Aaron Rowand (38), Joe Crede (42)
2-OUT RBI - Joe Crede (10)
SB - Scott Podsednik (49, 2nd base off Clement/Varitek), Timo Perez (2, 2nd base off Clement/Varitek)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Timo Perez 1
DP - Uribe-Konerko, Perez-Crede, Uribe-Iguchi-Konerko
E - Joe Crede (5, dropped foul), Tadahito Iguchi 2 (7, misplayed grounder; wild throw)
Chicago White Sox
Mark Buehrle 61053310 2.66
Cliff Politte 1000010 1.59
Damaso Marte 0.2100110 2.60
Luis Vizcaino (L,4-4) 0.2210001 4.11
Neal Cotts 0.2100000 2.45
IBB - Ramirez by Mark Buehrle
Pitches-Strikes - Mark Buehrle 103-69, Cliff Politte 10-7, Damaso Marte 16-8, Luis Vizcaino 18-11, Neal Cotts 6-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Mark Buehrle 11-6, Luis Vizcaino 1-1, Neal Cotts 1-0
Batters Faced - Mark Buehrle 31, Cliff Politte 2, Damaso Marte 4, Luis Vizcaino 4, Neal Cotts 2
Game Information
Attendance - 36784
Game Time - 3:17
Temperature - 78
Umpires - Home - Paul Nauert, First Base - Mark Wegner, Second Base - Larry Poncino, Third Base - Tom Hallion