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Ortiz walk-off homer, Wakefield complete game lift BoSox

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BOSTON -- By the time David Ortiz reached the clubhouse, Boston Red Sox owner John Henry was waiting with a plaque commemorating Big Papi's contributions to the team's long-awaited success.

David Ortiz

#34

The greatest clutch hitter in the history of the Boston Red Sox.

As if anyone in Boston -- or Los Angeles -- could forget.

Ortiz hit a tiebreaking homer in the bottom of the ninth on Tuesday night to send the Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Angels, the team he knocked out of the playoffs last fall en route to Boston's first World Series title in 86 years.

"For a minute," Ortiz said, "it gave me a flashback for what happened last year."

The genial slugger batted .545 in the first-round playoff series last year and homered with two outs in the 10th inning of Game 3 to complete the sweep. He had two more game-ending hits in the AL Championship Series against the New York Yankees. He has seven walk-off homers in his career.

"It's incredible how he does things the way he does them," said Tim Wakefield, who gave Boston its second complete game in three days. "He's Mr. Clutch. He proved that last postseason. He did it again tonight for us."

Boston led 2-0 before the Angels tied it with runs in the sixth and seventh. Both teams squandered chances to take the lead, but it was still tied when Scot Shields (8-11) struck out Edgar Renteria to start the ninth.

Ortiz, who struck out with runners on second and third and no outs in the seventh, took three consecutive balls and fouled off two pitches before hitting one halfway up the grandstand in right. It was his 38th homer of the year and his league-leading 120th RBI.

"You never get tired of it," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We've seen it so many times. I hope we see it a bunch more."

Wakefield (15-10) pitched his second complete game of the season, allowing two runs and eight hits while walking three, two intentionally. He struck out seven to win for the seventh time in eight starts and give the Red Sox their 22nd win in their last 25 home games.

"We had a chance to get to him tonight, but it seems like he has an ability to step it up when he gets in trouble, and he did that tonight," Angels second baseman Adam Kennedy said. "There aren't many times when you're going to be able to hold that lineup to two runs that late in the game, so it was frustrating because we weren't able to get it done."

Boston improved its lead in the AL East to four games ahead of the New York Yankees, who lost 4-3 to Tampa Bay.

Vladimir Guerrero was 2-for-2 and walked twice for Anaheim, which has lost five consecutive road games and 11 of their past 12 at Fenway Park, including the playoffs. The loss cut the Angels' lead over Oakland in the AL West to one game.

Angels starter John Lackey allowed three or fewer runs for the ninth time in 10 starts. He went six innings, giving up two runs and five hits.

Both Red Sox runs scored in the fifth, when Johnny Damon singled with one out. Lackey then walked three consecutive batters to let in one run and threw a wild pitch to make it 2-0. Trot Nixon and Bill Mueller both grounded out to first to end the inning and add to Boston's 11 stranded base runners.

Orlando Cabrera hit a solo homer in the sixth cut the deficit to one run. The Angels tied it in the seventh when Kennedy doubled with two outs and scored on Chone Figgins' single.

The Angels got a leadoff double from Bengie Molina in the ninth but couldn't score. Casey Kotchman hit a hard grounder to first that John Olerud stopped to save the run the first time; second baseman Tony Graffanino came home on Steve Finley's grounder to get pinch-runner Zach Sorensen at the plate.

The Red Sox put runners on second and third with no outs in the seventh before Ortiz struck out, Manny Ramirez hit into a fielder's choice that caught the runner at home and Mueller struck out.

Notes

  • The Angels recalled left-hander Joe Saunders and catcher Jeff Mathis from Salt Lake.
  • Right-hander Kelvim Escobar was activated from the disabled list and made his first relief appearance since May 2003.
  • Boston infielder Lou Merloni was recalled from rehab but not activated.
  • Damon was back in the lineup after missing one game with a sore left shoulder.
  • The Red Sox recalled right-hander Manny Delcarmen and catcher Kelly Shoppach from Triple-A Pawtucket.
 
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David Ortiz watches his blast sail into the Boston sky as the BoSox win another one in dramatic fashion.  (AP)
David Ortiz watches his blast sail into the Boston sky as the BoSox win another one in dramatic fashion. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 1
Boston

T. Wakefield
IP 9.0
H 8
ER 2
BB 3
K 7
 

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