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Manny maintains post-All-Star pace; BoSox bullpen closes out ChiSox

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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BOSTON -- Manny might be back to being Manny, but it was Boston's bullpen that allowed the Red Sox to finish their longest homestand of the season on a positive note.

Manny Ramirez homered and drove in four runs, Mike Lowell added a three-run shot and the Red Sox held on for their third straight win, beating the Chicago White Sox 8-5 on Sunday.

Ramirez, who limped into the All-Star break with 11 homers and 45 RBI, continued his second-half surge. He went 2-for-2 with three walks, improving to 15-for-39 with four homers and 13 RBI since the break.

His first-inning homer gave Boston a 3-0 lead, and his sixth-inning RBI single made it 8-1. But the White Sox scored four in the seventh to pull within 8-5.

Boston closer Jonathan Papelbon started the ninth by allowing consecutive singles to Juan Uribe and Jerry Owens. Alex Cintron then walked to load the bases, but Papelbon notched his 22nd save in 23 chances by striking out Jim Thome and getting Konerko to hit into a double play.

"That was agonizing, but it's a heck of a lot better than losing," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "We finished the day like we set out to the do -- it wasn't very easy, but sometimes it's not."

After losing to Chicago 4-2 on Thursday, Boston outscored the White Sox 29-10 in the final three games of the series to close out their homestand at 6-5.

Boston's bullpen held Chicago to two runs in 7 2/3 innings during that stretch, getting out of two bases-loaded jams Sunday.

"You can't afford to make a whole lot of mistakes and fall behind on them," Thome said. "They have so much depth all over. We had a couple situations late in the game where we could have tied it or even went ahead, but they're solid."

With the loss, the White Sox fell into a tie for last place in the AL Central with the Kansas City Royals. The White Sox have not been in last place this late in the year since the final day of the 1989 season, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.

Tim Wakefield (11-9) allowed four runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings for the Red Sox, who have won three straight after losing four of five.

Wakefield struck out two and walked two, becoming the first American League pitcher to start the season with 20 straight decisions since Kansas City's Bret Saberhagen in 1987.

Wakefield coasted through six innings -- allowing just one run on three hits -- before Chicago scored four in the seventh to cut the deficit to 8-5.

The White Sox had the bases loaded with two outs in the seventh, but Manny Delcarmen got Paul Konerko to pop out to first. Hideki Okajima then struck out A.J. Pierzynski to end the inning.

Okajima followed with a scoreless eighth, paving the way for Papelbon.

"Okajima has been effective all year long," Chicago manager Ozzie Guillen said. "I think he's one of the biggest reasons that Boston is still in the fight."

Following a pair of Jon Garland walks, Ramirez gave the Red Sox a 3-0 first-inning lead with a homer to right-center field.

Garland (7-7) allowed six runs and six hits in 4 2/3 innings to snap a three-game road winning streak. He tied a season high with five walks and struck out three.

Josh Fields drove in two runs and Jermaine Dye had two doubles for the White Sox, who finished 4-7 on their longest road trip of the year.

Dye led off the fifth with a double, then scored one out later when Fields lined a single to left-center just outside the outstretched glove of a diving Coco Crisp to make it 3-1.

But Wakefield stranded Fields by getting Uribe and Owens to pop out, and the Red Sox scored three more in the bottom half of the inning.

Garland surrendered two-out walks to Ramirez and J.D. Drew, and Lowell hammered a 1-1 pitch over the Green Monster to give the Red Sox a 6-1 lead. Crisp followed with a single, chasing Garland.

"Its just one of those situations where guys are having big at-bats in key situations and were just going to try and keep it rolling," Boston right fielder J.D. Drew said.

Notes

  • Boston LHP Jon Lester will start at Cleveland on Monday. It will be his first major league appearance since beating the Los Angeles Angels on Aug. 23 last year. The Red Sox said nine days later that he had a treatable form of lymphoma.
  • Boston DH David Ortiz sat out with a left shoulder strain for the second straight day. An MRI exam taken Saturday showed no structural damage, and Ortiz said he expects to return to the lineup soon.
  • Wakefield has lasted at least six innings five straight starts.
  • Garland's home run to Ramirez was only the second he's allowed on the road this season.
  • Dye snapped an 0-for-10 skid with his fifth-inning double.
 
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Is Manny Ramirez doing his best Carlton Fisk imitation? No, just admiring career HR No. 485.  (Getty Images)
Is Manny Ramirez doing his best Carlton Fisk imitation? No, just admiring career HR No. 485. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game
Boston

M. Lowell
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 1
RBI 3
Boston

M. Ramirez
AB 2
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 4
 
Chicago White Sox
Jerry Owens, CF4010103 .242
Alex Cintron, 2B4011102 .240
Jim Thome, DH3001223 .281
Paul Konerko, 1B5000005 .265
A.J. Pierzynski, C4110013 .260
Jermaine Dye, RF4220000 .227
Rob Mackowiak, LF3001021 .278
Josh Fields, 3B3122100 .245
Juan Uribe, SS4130001 .221
Totals34510555  
Batting
2B - Jermaine Dye 2 (18, Wakefield, Wakefield)
SF - Rob Mackowiak (2)
RBI - Alex Cintron (13), Jim Thome (52), Rob Mackowiak (33), Josh Fields 2 (23)
SB - Josh Fields (1, 2nd base off Wakefield/Mirabelli)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Fields-Konerko
PB - A.J. Pierzynski 2 (9)
E - Jerry Owens (1, (CF Owens thought there were three outs when there were only two))
Chicago White Sox
Jon Garland (L,7-7) 4.2666532 4.15
Charlie Haeger 3.1422300 3.00
IBB - Ramirez by Jon Garland, Ramirez by Charlie Haeger
Pitches-Strikes - Jon Garland 112-65, Charlie Haeger 61-35
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Garland 5-6, Charlie Haeger 4-5
Batters Faced - Jon Garland 25, Charlie Haeger 16
Boston Red Sox
Julio Lugo, SS3110202 .225
Alex Cora, 2B5100002 .267
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3111101 .310
Manny Ramirez, DH2224300 .295
J.D. Drew, RF4100105 .253
Mike Lowell, 3B4123010 .306
Coco Crisp, CF4030000 .277
Eric Hinske, LF4010013 .217
Doug Mirabelli, C3100113 .182
Totals32810883  
Batting
2B - Kevin Youkilis (24, Garland), Eric Hinske (6, Garland)
HR - Manny Ramirez (15, Garland), Mike Lowell (15, Garland)
SF - Kevin Youkilis (4)
RBI - Kevin Youkilis (47), Manny Ramirez 4 (58), Mike Lowell 3 (70)
2-OUT RBI - Manny Ramirez (25), Mike Lowell 3 (29)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Wakefield-Cora-Youkilis, Lowell-Cora-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield (W,11-9) 6.1644220 4.74
Manny Delcarmen 0.1211200 1.69
Hideki Okajima (H,16) 1.1000020 0.92
Jonathan Papelbon (S,22) 1200110 1.77
WP - Tim Wakefield (9)
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 96-65, Manny Delcarmen 20-8, Hideki Okajima 17-13, Jonathan Papelbon 26-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 8-8, Jonathan Papelbon 1-0
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 26, Manny Delcarmen 5, Hideki Okajima 4, Jonathan Papelbon 5
Game Information
Attendance - 36346
Game Time - 3:14
Temperature - 75
Umpires - Home - Paul Schrieber, First Base - Tim McClelland, Second Base - Marty Foster, Third Base - Field Culbreth