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."
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.
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.
|Manny Ramirez's 10th-inning single extends his hitting streak to 27, the longest current run in the bigs. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Brian Roberts, 2B||5||1||2||2||0||0||1|
|Brandon Fahey, LF||5||1||2||0||0||1||2|
|Melvin Mora, 3B||4||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Miguel Tejada, SS||4||0||1||0||1||1||0|
|Jay Gibbons, DH||5||1||1||0||0||2||3|
|Jeff Conine, 1B||3||2||1||1||2||1||1|
|Corey Patterson, CF||4||1||1||0||0||1||4|
|Nick Markakis, RF||4||1||2||1||0||0||0|
|Chris Widger, C||3||0||1||2||0||2||3|
|a- Ramon Hernandez, PH-C||1||0||0||0||0||1||0|
|a-struck out for Widger in the 8th|
|2B - Brandon Fahey (, Papelbon), Jeff Conine (, J. Johnson), Nick Markakis (, J. Johnson)|
|SF - Melvin Mora ()|
|RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (), Melvin Mora (), Jeff Conine (), Nick Markakis (), Chris Widger 2 ()|
|2-OUT RBI - Brian Roberts 2 (), Jeff Conine ()|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Brandon Fahey 1|
|DP - Tejada-B. Roberts-Conine, Fahey-Widger|
|E - Brandon Fahey 2 (, ), Miguel Tejada (, )|
|Chris Britton (BS,)||0.2||3||4||4||1||1||1|
|Bruce Chen (L,-)||0||1||1||0||2||0||0|
|Pitches-Strikes - Kris Benson 84-50, Chris Britton 30-19, Todd Williams 13-9, Tim Byrdak 5-3, LaTroy Hawkins 20-14, Bruce Chen 13-5|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Kris Benson 2-10, Todd Williams 1-2, LaTroy Hawkins 2-2|
|Batters Faced - Kris Benson 20, Chris Britton 6, Todd Williams 3, Tim Byrdak 1, LaTroy Hawkins 7, Bruce Chen 3|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Coco Crisp, CF||5||1||2||1||0||0||0|
|Mark Loretta, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||0||1|
|Gabe Kapler, PR||0||1||0||0||0||0||0|
|David Ortiz, DH||3||0||0||0||2||1||1|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||4||1||1||0||1||2||1|
|Kevin Youkilis, 1B||4||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|Mike Lowell, 3B||4||1||2||0||0||0||0|
|Wily Mo Pena, RF||4||3||3||3||0||1||1|
|Doug Mirabelli, C||4||1||2||3||0||0||0|
|Alex Gonzalez, SS||4||0||0||0||0||0||1|
|2B - Wily Mo Pena (, Benson)|
|3B - Wily Mo Pena (, Britton)|
|HR - Coco Crisp (, Benson), Wily Mo Pena (, Benson), Doug Mirabelli (, Britton)|
|RBI - Coco Crisp (), Wily Mo Pena 3 (), Doug Mirabelli 3 ()|
|2-OUT RBI - Coco Crisp (), Wily Mo Pena 2 (), Doug Mirabelli 3 ()|
|Team LOB - 5|
|Outfield Assists - Manny Ramirez 1|
|DP - A. Gonzalez-Loretta-Youkilis|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jonathan Papelbon (W,-)||2||1||0||0||0||2||0|
|WP - Jason Johnson ()|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Johnson 85-53, Julian Tavarez 14-9, Craig Hansen 16-9, Mike Timlin 8-6, Jonathan Papelbon 24-16|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Johnson 7-4, Craig Hansen 1-2, Mike Timlin 1-1, Jonathan Papelbon 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jason Johnson 26, Julian Tavarez 3, Craig Hansen 4, Mike Timlin 3, Jonathan Papelbon 6|
|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|