Texas at Boston

W: J. Lopez (1-0) L: J. Benoit (1-1)
S: J. Papelbon (6)
HR: TEX - J. Hamilton (4)   BOS - M. Ramirez (6)

Manny's mammoth homer in eighth carries Red Sox past Rangers

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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."

Javier Lopez (1-0) escaped a two-on, two-out jam by getting Josh Hamilton -- the only batter he faced -- to line to center and earned the win.

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."

Adam Melhuse's RBI single tied it at 2 in the second, and Texas grabbed the lead on Jason Botts' run-scoring double after Hamilton and Hank Blalock singled.


  • The Red Sox had a moment of silence before the game for former catcher John Marzano, 45, who died earlier in the day. He played for the club from 1987-92.
  • Hamilton has hit safely in 15 of 18 games.
  • Boston manager Terry Francona said 3B Mike Lowell, on the 15-day DL since April 10 with a sprained left thumb, is about a week away.
  • Texas LF German Duran singled in his first at-bat for his first career hit.
  • Rangers OF Milton Bradley flied to the track in center for the final out, ending his 13-game hitting streak.
  • Seven-time Tour De France winner Lance Armstrong received a loud ovation before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch.
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Seen this before? David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez celebrate Manny's game-winning homer in the 8th.  (AP)
Seen this before? David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez celebrate Manny's game-winning homer in the 8th. (AP)

Players of the Game

M. Ramirez
AB 2
R 2
H 1
HR 1

J. Hamilton
AB 5
R 2
H 2
HR 1

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Texas Rangers
Ian Kinsler, 2B4010103 .288
Michael Young, SS5010003 .233
Josh Hamilton, CF5221004 .301
Hank Blalock, 3B5030000 .339
Jason Botts, 1B5021012 .200
David Murphy, RF4110124 .288
Gerald Laird, DH4000036 .218
   a- Milton Bradley, PH-DH1000001 .345
Adam Melhuse, C3021110 .250
German Duran, LF2010000 .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)
Texas Rangers
Jason Jennings 6322210 7.08
Jamey Wright (H,3) 1100100 0.84
Joaquin Benoit (BS,2; L,1-1) 1333011 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, CF4110001 .231
Dustin Pedroia, 2B3110000 .325
David Ortiz, DH4111010 .141
Manny Ramirez, LF2212200 .342
Kevin Youkilis, 3B-1B4011001 .357
J.D. Drew, RF3000111 .321
Jason Varitek, C3000001 .262
Sean Casey, 1B3010000 .333
    Jed Lowrie, PR-3B0000000 .429
Julio Lugo, SS3010001 .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
Jon Lester 6.11033251 5.06
Manny Delcarmen 0.2000120 2.79
Mike Timlin 0.2200000 15.75
Javier Lopez (W,1-0) 0.1000000 4.05
Jonathan Papelbon (S,6) 1100000 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
Game Information
Attendance - 37958
Game Time - 2:56
Temperature - 51
Umpires - Home - Bill Miller, First Base - Paul Emmel, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Jerry Meals