Baltimore at Boston

Final 10th
W: J. Papelbon (4-2) L: B. Chen (0-7)
HR: BAL - None   BOS - W. Pena (9), C. Crisp (5), D. Mirabelli (5)

This time it's Manny supplying walk-off heroics for Red Sox

CBS wire reports

BOSTON -- Manny Ramirez squelched a potential tiebreaking rally in the ninth inning by throwing out Brandon Fahey at third base.

Then the Boston left fielder picked on his Baltimore counterpart one more time.

Ramirez singled with two on and nobody out in the 10th, and Fahey ran past it for a game-ending error on Saturday as the Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit to force extra innings and beat the Orioles 8-7.

"That's not an easy way to win a game," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "But we really had no choice."

Ramirez lined one between short and third to extend his hitting streak to 27 games -- the longest active streak in the majors.

Pinch-runner Gabe Kapler held up at third until Fahey, who also got thrown out trying to stretch a double in the ninth, flubbed it for his second error of the game. Third base coach DeMarlo Hale cranked up his windmill once again and Kapler took off for home, scoring easily.

Jonathan Papelbon (4-2) allowed one hit in two innings, bouncing back after blowing consecutive save opportunities during a five-game losing streak that dropped Boston a season-worst three games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.

New York beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 to hold onto a two-game lead in the division.

Baltimore had a chance to take the lead off Papelbon, the Red Sox rookie closer, when Fahey poked one down the third-base line and into the corner. But when he tried for a triple, Ramirez fired to shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who turned and threw to Mike Lowell just in time for the out at third.

Bruce Chen (0-7) started the 10th and walked Mark Loretta and wanted no part of David Ortiz, who had been 8-for-9 with four walks in potential game-ending situations since the start of the 2005 season.

"You can't keep putting guys on," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo said. "He walked the first two guys. It's a recipe for disaster."

Ramirez, who was hitless with two strikeouts, a double play and a walk in his four previous trips to the plate, gave Boston its fourth last at-bat victory in its last eight home games. The Red Sox have won 15 of their last 16 against the Orioles.

"They wanted to face somebody else, I guess," Ortiz said. "I wanted Manny to hit real bad, anyway. I wanted him to continue the streak. That was a good way to do it."

Wily Mo Pena hit his third homer in five games, and also tripled and doubled. Coco Crisp and Doug Mirabelli also homered for Boston.

The Orioles scored two with four hits in the first off Jason Johnson. After Pena doubled and scored in the second, Baltimore made it 5-1 in the fourth when Nick Markakis doubled in two runs and scored on Chris Widger's single.

Pena hit a line drive over the farthest portion of the Green Monster, and Crisp followed two outs later with a long fly down the left-field line to cut Baltimore's lead to 5-3 after five. The Orioles made it 7-3 in the sixth, loading the bases with one out to chase Johnson before Brian Roberts hit a two-run single off Julian Tavarez.

But Chris Britton relieved Kris Benson in the middle of the sixth and the Red Sox tied it when Pena tripled home two runs and Mirabelli followed with a two-run homer.

Benson made his first start since going on the disabled list July 26 with tendinitis in his right elbow. He allowed three runs on six hits and a walk, striking out one in five innings.


  • Boston OF Trot Nixon has been hitting off a tee as he recovers from a strained right biceps.
  • RHP Julio Manon was optioned to Triple-A Ottawa to make room on the roster for Benson.
  • The Orioles lead the league with 159 homers allowed.
  • Ramirez was 9-for-11 against Benson in his career before going 0-for-2.
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Manny Ramirez's 10th-inning single extends his hitting streak to 27, the longest current run in the bigs.  (AP)
Manny Ramirez's 10th-inning single extends his hitting streak to 27, the longest current run in the bigs. (AP)

Players of the Game

W. Pena
AB 4
R 3
H 3
HR 1

B. Roberts
AB 5
R 1
H 2
HR 0

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Game Information
Attendance - 35768
Game Time - 3:25
Temperature - 73
Umpires - Home - Phil Cuzzi, First Base - Jerry Crawford, Second Base - Brian O'Nora, Third Base - Chuck Meriwether