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Manny connects for No. 501 as Red Sox continue to beat up O's

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BALTIMORE -- If Manny Ramirez celebrated his 500th home run deep into the night, it sure wasn't evident by his performance against the Baltimore Orioles.

Ramirez hit his 501st homer, had three hits and drove in three runs, and the Boston Red Sox continued their hitting revival at the expense of the Baltimore Orioles in a 9-4 victory Sunday.

On Saturday night, after he became the 24th major leaguer to hit No. 500, Ramirez said, "The next goal is 501."

He took care of that item of business in his third at-bat, driving a 1-0 pitch from Brian Burres into the right-field seats to put Boston up 6-3 in the fourth inning.

"The same when I hit No. 1," Ramirez said afterward, referring to his second major league game against the New York Yankees on Sept. 3, 1993, when he followed his first career home run with another.

Playing designated hitter for injured David Ortiz (sprained wrist), Ramirez came up with the perfect encore to his epic outing Saturday. He has homered in consecutive games after hitting only three in 34 games during his quest for 500.

"It didn't take long at all," said Boston bench coach Brad Mills, who took over the managerial job while Terry Francona attended the graduation of his daughter. "He had some real good at bats up there. He's a professional hitter, one of the best there is. He showed it again today."

Mike Lowell and J.D. Drew also connected for the Red Sox, who on Monday will seek their first four-game sweep in Baltimore since 2002.

Lowell went 2-for-4 with two RBI, and Drew, who missed two straight starts because of vertigo, had two hits and three RBI. Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and a stolen base, his seventh steal in the series.

The Red Sox came to town with five losses in six games, thanks mainly to an offense that produced only one run in 19 innings. But Boston has scored 20 runs in the series and had a season-high tying 16 hits Sunday, including 12 through the first four innings.

"We're going to click," Ramirez said. "Sometimes we get cold. That's part of the game."

Red Sox starter Bartolo Colon (3-0) allowed four runs and seven hits in six-plus innings. He has won three straight starts since his contract was purchased from Triple-A Pawtucket, where he made three rehab starts.

"He kept us in there," Mills said. "He might have got a little tired at the end."

Luke Scott homered for the Orioles, who have lost four straight and nine of 11.

Burres (4-5) gave up seven runs and 12 hits in four innings. Over his last two starts, the left-hander has surrendered 15 runs and 22 hits.

"I'm really going to look at what I need to do to try to keep the ball back down in the zone," Burres said. "Just strike one, get ahead of hitters a little bit better than I have been."

He had no complaints over the pitch to Ramirez, saying, "It was just the wrong pitch to throw. It was pretty much where I wanted it, but he hit it a long way."

Steve Trachsel went the rest of the way for the Orioles, allowing two runs and four hits in the second relief appearance of his career - the first since Sept. 16, 1995. He has 417 starts, including eight this season, but appears to have lost his spot in the rotation.

"The first inning was a little nerve-racking. I don't know if it was doing it the first time or jogging in from center field, the heart rate was definitely more than normal," Trachsel said. "But after that it was just pretty much business as usual."

Lowell doubled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Drew to put Boston up 1-0 in the second. Adam Jones hit an RBI single in the bottom half.

The Red Sox sent eight players to the plate in the third and took a 4-1 lead. Ramirez doubled in a run, Lowell hit a sacrifice fly and Drew added an RBI single.

After Ramirez and Lowell homered in the fourth, Scott hit a two-run drive in the bottom half to make it 7-3.

Any chance Baltimore had at a comeback was thwarted by Boston's solid defensive play. In the sixth inning, second baseman Dustin Pedroia dived to his right to snare a grounder before getting to one knee and throwing out Jay Payton. In the seventh, Drew made a diving catch of Scott's liner to right with two on and two out.

"If it were not some great defensive plays they made in the field, we might have gotten back in it," Orioles manager Dave Trembley said.

Notes

  • The last five of Ramirez's 11 homers have come on the road.
  • Ortiz will receive an MRI on Monday, Mills said.
  • Baltimore is 1-8 against Boston when Burres pitches, but he's 1-1 lifetime against the Red Sox.
  • Trachsel's five-inning stint gave him 2,500 for his career.
 
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Hugs all around: A happy Manny Ramirez finds the seats once again to lead Boston's bat parade.  (AP)
Hugs all around: A happy Manny Ramirez finds the seats once again to lead Boston's bat parade. (AP)

Players of the Game
Baltimore

L. Scott
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Boston

M. Ramirez
AB 5
R 2
H 3
HR 1
RBI 3
 
Boston Red Sox
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF-LF5031013 .290
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5110005 .279
Kevin Youkilis, 1B5220001 .304
Manny Ramirez, DH5233001 .294
Mike Lowell, 3B4222001 .279
Jason Varitek, C5010001 .269
J.D. Drew, RF3123100 .289
Jeff Bailey, LF1000311 .000
    Coco Crisp, PR-CF1100001 .246
Julio Lugo, SS4020002 .280
Totals38916942  
Batting
2B - Manny Ramirez (14, Burres), Mike Lowell (13, Burres)
HR - Manny Ramirez (11, Burres), Mike Lowell (7, Burres), J.D. Drew (5, Trachsel)
SF - Mike Lowell (3), J.D. Drew (2)
RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (20), Manny Ramirez 3 (38), Mike Lowell 2 (24), J.D. Drew 3 (25)
2-OUT RBI - Jacoby Ellsbury (9), Manny Ramirez 2 (17), Mike Lowell (14), J.D. Drew (8)
SB - Jacoby Ellsbury (27, 2nd base off Trachsel/Quiroz)
CS - Jacoby Ellsbury (3, 2nd base by Burres/Quiroz)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Lugo-Pedroia-Youkilis
Boston Red Sox
Bartolo Colon (W,3-0) 6744251 3.50
Javier Lopez 1200000 3.15
Craig Hansen 1000020 5.68
Manny Delcarmen 1100000 4.70
HBP - Bynum (by Bartolo Colon)
Pitches-Strikes - Bartolo Colon 103-64, Javier Lopez 9-6, Craig Hansen 8-7, Manny Delcarmen 18-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Bartolo Colon 7-6, Javier Lopez 1-1, Craig Hansen 1-0, Manny Delcarmen 1-2
Batters Faced - Bartolo Colon 28, Javier Lopez 4, Craig Hansen 3, Manny Delcarmen 4
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Roberts, 2B4000110 .262
Nick Markakis, RF4020111 .262
Kevin Millar, 1B5011002 .236
Aubrey Huff, 3B4120012 .249
Luke Scott, DH4222012 .259
Jay Payton, LF3010010 .239
Adam Jones, CF4021011 .250
Guillermo Quiroz, C4000012 .224
Freddie Bynum, SS3100002 .224
Totals35410427  
Batting
2B - Nick Markakis (11, Colon), Luke Scott (12, Colon)
HR - Luke Scott (7, Colon)
SH - Jay Payton (2)
RBI - Kevin Millar (26), Luke Scott 2 (21), Adam Jones (18)
2-OUT RBI - Kevin Millar (12)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
Outfield Assists - Jay Payton 1
DP - Payton-Bynum-Millar, Bynum-Millar
Baltimore Orioles
Brian Burres (L,4-5) 41277122 4.87
Steve Trachsel 5422301 8.15
Pitches-Strikes - Brian Burres 89-58, Steve Trachsel 66-38
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Brian Burres 1-8, Steve Trachsel 8-5
Batters Faced - Brian Burres 24, Steve Trachsel 20
Game Information
Attendance - 45031
Game Time - 3:05
Temperature - 83
Umpires - Home - Rob Drake, First Base - Alfonso Marquez, Second Base - Andy Fletcher, Third Base - Bob Davidson