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BOSTON -- It's been a familiar sight for the past half decade: Manny Ramirez and Big Papi carrying a rally.
Ramirez hit a two-run homer after slumping slugging partner David Ortiz tied the game with an RBI single in the eighth inning, lifting the Boston Red Sox to a 5-3 win over the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
"When you have to pitch to David, knowing Manny is coming up, that's what keeps us in ballgames," said Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon, who got the final three outs for his sixth save.
Since Ortiz joined the Red Sox in 2003, the pair have been the heart of Boston's order, combining for 396 homers.
With the crowd still buzzing after the Bruins' 5-4 win over Montreal in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup playoffs was posted on the scoreboards, Dustin Pedroia doubled off the Green Monster against Joaquin Benoit (1-1) with one out in the eighth.
Ortiz followed with a hard single that bounced off the glove of diving second baseman Ian Kinsler and into short right field, scoring Pedroia. Ramirez then hit an 0-1 pitch over the Monster seats for his sixth of the season and 496th of his career.
"It's a pretty swing, isn't it?" Boston manager Terry Francona said.
Pedroia thought he hit his own double well, but marveled at Ramirez's homer.
"It just shows you how good Manny hit it," Pedroia said. "He's so strong."
Both players left the clubhouse without talking to non-team affiliated media, but Ramirez was a guest on the club's flagship radio station and said: "In that situation I'm not trying to do too much. I'm trying to get a good pitch to drive and he gave it to me."
The Rangers were in decent position to win despite stranding 13 baserunners.
"He doesn't give a darn where (the pitch is) at," Texas manager Ron Washington said of Ramirez's homer. "He did what he had to do and lifted it over the fence, and that wasn't just Fenway's wall that it went over because in any other park I think it was gone, too."
The Rangers scored single runs in the first three innings off Boston starter Jon Lester before he settled down and pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowing three runs and 10 hits with two walks and five strikeouts as the Red Sox won for the seventh time in eight games.
The Rangers' Jason Jennings, who failed to get past the fifth inning in each of his starts, gave up just two runs and three hits through six.
Hamilton homered into the seats above the Green Monster for his fourth of the season
"One little thing happens, the crowd gets into it and the Red Sox feed off their energy," Hamilton said.
The Red Sox scored a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first. Jacoby Ellsbury doubled and advanced to third on Pedroia's sacrifice, with Pedroia reaching on Jennings' throwing error. Ortiz, who entered hitting just .134, bounced into a double play that scored Ellsbury, and Kevin Youkilis then doubled home a run.
"If he doesn't hit," Ramirez said of Ortiz, "I'm going to hit for him."
|Seen this before? David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez celebrate Manny's game-winning homer in the 8th. (AP)|
|Players of the Game|
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|Ian Kinsler, 2B||4||0||1||0||1||0||3||.288|
|Michael Young, SS||5||0||1||0||0||0||3||.233|
|Josh Hamilton, CF||5||2||2||1||0||0||4||.301|
|Hank Blalock, 3B||5||0||3||0||0||0||0||.339|
|Jason Botts, 1B||5||0||2||1||0||1||2||.200|
|David Murphy, RF||4||1||1||0||1||2||4||.288|
|Gerald Laird, DH||4||0||0||0||0||3||6||.218|
|a- Milton Bradley, PH-DH||1||0||0||0||0||0||1||.345|
|Adam Melhuse, C||3||0||2||1||1||1||0||.250|
|German Duran, LF||2||0||1||0||0||0||0||.200|
|a-flied out for Laird in the 9th|
|2B - Jason Botts (2, Lester), David Murphy (8, Lester)|
|HR - Josh Hamilton (4, Lester)|
|SH - German Duran 2 (2)|
|RBI - Josh Hamilton (17), Jason Botts (4), Adam Melhuse (1)|
|2-OUT RBI - Josh Hamilton (6), Adam Melhuse (1)|
|Team LOB - 13|
|DP - Kinsler-Young-Botts, Young-Kinsler-Botts|
|E - Jason Jennings (1, Throwing)|
|Jamey Wright (H,3)||1||1||0||0||1||0||0||0.84|
|Joaquin Benoit (BS,2; L,1-1)||1||3||3||3||0||1||1||8.53|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jason Jennings 100-57, Jamey Wright 12-6, Joaquin Benoit 19-13|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jason Jennings 8-9, Jamey Wright 2-0|
|Batters Faced - Jason Jennings 23, Jamey Wright 4, Joaquin Benoit 6|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Jacoby Ellsbury, CF||4||1||1||0||0||0||1||.231|
|Dustin Pedroia, 2B||3||1||1||0||0||0||0||.325|
|David Ortiz, DH||4||1||1||1||0||1||0||.141|
|Manny Ramirez, LF||2||2||1||2||2||0||0||.342|
|Kevin Youkilis, 3B-1B||4||0||1||1||0||0||1||.357|
|J.D. Drew, RF||3||0||0||0||1||1||1||.321|
|Jason Varitek, C||3||0||0||0||0||0||1||.262|
|Sean Casey, 1B||3||0||1||0||0||0||0||.333|
|Jed Lowrie, PR-3B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.429|
|Julio Lugo, SS||3||0||1||0||0||0||1||.274|
|2B - Jacoby Ellsbury (1, J. Jennings), Dustin Pedroia (6, Benoit), Kevin Youkilis (7, J. Jennings)|
|HR - Manny Ramirez (6, Benoit)|
|SH - Dustin Pedroia (2)|
|RBI - David Ortiz (10), Manny Ramirez 2 (20), Kevin Youkilis (12)|
|2-OUT RBI - Kevin Youkilis (4)|
|Team LOB - 4|
|Boston Red Sox|
|Javier Lopez (W,1-0)||0.1||0||0||0||0||0||0||4.05|
|Jonathan Papelbon (S,6)||1||1||0||0||0||0||0||3.00|
|Pitches-Strikes - Jon Lester 106-72, Manny Delcarmen 21-12, Mike Timlin 10-8, Javier Lopez 1-1, Jonathan Papelbon 10-9|
|Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jon Lester 6-8, Mike Timlin 1-1, Jonathan Papelbon 1-2|
|Batters Faced - Jon Lester 31, Manny Delcarmen 3, Mike Timlin 4, Javier Lopez 1, Jonathan Papelbon 4|
|Attendance - 37958|
|Game Time - 2:56|
|Temperature - 51|
|Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals|