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Green's walk-off home run in 9th lifts Red Sox over Braves

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BOSTON -- Nick Green surprised the Boston Red Sox by overcoming long odds to make the team. On Sunday, he was surprised that his home run won the game.

The shortstop who went to spring training as a non-roster player but is now the starter hit the first pitch in the bottom of the ninth just inside the right-field foul pole 302 feet from home plate.

"I didn't even comprehend the fact that I swung at the first pitch and it was a walk-off homer," he said after a 6-5 victory against the Atlanta Braves on a windy, misty afternoon. "I hit second base and everybody is standing at home plate and then I realized what was going on."

His jubilant teammates had poured out of the dugout when he hit Jeff Bennett's first pitch of the game for his fourth home run. They mobbed him when he reached the plate.

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"He's really done a good job," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "It's gotten to the point where he's just been a really good player, not a really good non-roster player, a really good major-league player."

Green, who took advantage of his opportunity when shortstops Julio Lugo and Jed Lowrie were hurt, is hitting .293 in 52 of the team's 69 games.

Not bad for a 30-year-old who had only one full season in the majors in his 10-year pro career before this season.

"I thought I hit it decent to right field but I thought it was going to be an out because the wind was so bad," Green said. "Fortunately, it was blowing to right and the wind blew it right where it needed to go."

Jonathan Papelbon (1-1) loaded the bases in the ninth but ended the threat by striking out Matt Diaz. Bennett (2-4) was Atlanta's fourth reliever.

The Braves rallied twice to tie the game.

"We did everything but win," Atlanta manager Bobby Cox said. "We had more line shots than we did all year long, at people, with men on, too."

In the eighth, Kelly Johnson led off with a double and scored on Garret Anderson's single, making it 5-5.

In the seventh, Atlanta scored twice to tie the game at 4. Singles by Anderson, Martin Prado and Gregor Blanco produced one run. Ramon Ramirez replaced starter Tim Wakefield and allowed a tying single to Nate McLouth.

J.D. Drew gave Boston a short-lived 5-4 lead with an RBI single in the seventh one pitch after he took a pitch that appeared to be over the plate for a third strike. Cox came out of the dugout, argued and was thrown out by plate umpire Bill Hohn. So were pitcher Eric O'Flaherty and third baseman Chipper Jones.

It was the major-league leading 145th ejection for Cox and his second of the year. Hall of Famer John McGraw is second with 131.

"It was a ball that was right down the middle for strike three. It was obvious," Cox said. "He blew the call and it upsets guys when it costs you games. And it cost us the ballgame."

Wakefield allowed Brian McCann's two-run double in the first. The Red Sox went ahead with three runs in the first off Jair Jurrjens.

Dustin Pedroia doubled and took third on an error when Jurrjens bobbled Kevin Youkilis' grounder. Jason Bay hit a sacrifice fly and David Ortiz gave the Red Sox a 3-2 lead with his sixth home run of the season, a two-run shot.

A misplay that fell for a hit in the fourth led to Boston's fourth run.

Ortiz led off with a pop fly. Shortstop Yunel Escobar and Jones looked at each other and the ball dropped between them with neither touching it.

"It was a strong wind blowing. I just assumed that he was going to take it," Jones said. "It ended up costing us a run."

Ortiz took second when Mark Kotsay was out on a tapper to catcher McCann and third on Jacoby Ellsbury's single. George Kottaras followed with a sacrifice fly.

Notes

  • Wakefield missed a chance to join Toronto's Roy Halladay and Minnesota's Kevin Slowey as the only 10-game winners in the majors.
  • Jurrjens allowed two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings. He is 0-3 in his past four starts since his most recent win, May 29 at Arizona.
  • Boston 3B Mike Lowell got his second successive day off before the Red Sox are off Monday. Lowell, who had offseason hip surgery, has played in 65 of the team's 69 games.
  • Ortiz has 295 home runs and 999 RBI in his career.
  • Anderson was 6 for 10 with a double and five RBI in the three-game series.
 
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The Red Sox mob Nick Green, whose home run gives Boston a series win over Atlanta.  (AP)
The Red Sox mob Nick Green, whose home run gives Boston a series win over Atlanta. (AP)

Players of the Game
Boston

D. Ortiz
AB 4
R 2
H 2
HR 1
RBI 2
Atlanta

N. McLouth
AB 4
R 1
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 

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Atlanta Braves
Nate McLouth, CF4121101 .260
Yunel Escobar, SS5130002 .292
Chipper Jones, 3B3000013 .297
    Kelly Johnson, 2B2110001 .226
Brian McCann, DH4012102 .325
Garret Anderson, LF4121001 .280
    Matt Diaz, PR-LF1000013 .274
Casey Kotchman, 1B4000003 .268
Martin Prado, 2B-3B4130010 .277
David Ross, C4010005 .295
Gregor Blanco, RF4011002 .067
Totals39514523  
Batting
2B - Kelly Johnson (15, Okajima), Brian McCann (12, Wakefield), Martin Prado (11, Wakefield)
RBI - Nate McLouth (43), Brian McCann 2 (28), Garret Anderson (24), Gregor Blanco (1)
2-OUT RBI - Nate McLouth (12), Gregor Blanco (1)
Team LOB - 9
Fielding
DP - Ross-Prado, Kotchman-Escobar
E - Jair Jurrjens (2, Misplayed grounder)
Atlanta Braves
Jair Jurrjens 6.1852161 2.89
Eric O'Flaherty0100000 3.91
Peter Moylan 0.2000010 4.78
Mike Gonzalez 1000010 2.25
Jeff Bennett (L,2-4)0111001 3.03
HBP - Green (by Jair Jurrjens)
Pitches-Strikes - Jair Jurrjens 106-69, Eric O'Flaherty 4-3, Peter Moylan 12-7, Mike Gonzalez 10-8, Jeff Bennett 1-1
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Jair Jurrjens 4-8, Peter Moylan 1-0, Mike Gonzalez 1-1
Batters Faced - Jair Jurrjens 28, Eric O'Flaherty 1, Peter Moylan 2, Mike Gonzalez 3, Jeff Bennett 1
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B4110003 .286
J.D. Drew, RF4011021 .258
Kevin Youkilis, 3B4110011 .316
Jason Bay, LF2001122 .276
David Ortiz, DH4222021 .213
Mark Kotsay, 1B4020000 .259
Jacoby Ellsbury, CF4010012 .301
Nick Green, SS3111001 .293
George Kottaras, C2111000 .246
Totals31610618  
Batting
2B - Dustin Pedroia (17, Jurrjens), George Kottaras (9, Jurrjens)
HR - David Ortiz (6, Jurrjens), Nick Green (4, J. Bennett)
SF - Jason Bay (3), George Kottaras (3)
RBI - J.D. Drew (32), Jason Bay (66), David Ortiz 2 (30), Nick Green (25), George Kottaras (8)
2-OUT RBI - David Ortiz 2 (12)
SB - J.D. Drew (2, 2nd base off Moylan/Ross)
CS - Kevin Youkilis (1, 2nd base by Jurrjens/Ross)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Kotsay-Green, Green-Kotsay
Boston Red Sox
Tim Wakefield 6.2944020 4.47
Ramon Ramirez (BS,2) 0.1100000 1.95
Hideki Okajima (BS,2) 1311000 2.61
Jonathan Papelbon (W,1-1) 1100210 1.80
Pitches-Strikes - Tim Wakefield 82-62, Ramon Ramirez 3-2, Hideki Okajima 19-12, Jonathan Papelbon 28-16
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Tim Wakefield 6-10, Ramon Ramirez 1-0, Jonathan Papelbon 2-0
Batters Faced - Tim Wakefield 27, Ramon Ramirez 2, Hideki Okajima 6, Jonathan Papelbon 6
Game Information
Attendance - 37243
Game Time - 2:47
Temperature - 63
Umpires - Home - Bill Hohn, First Base - Bruce Dreckman, Second Base - Paul Emmel, Third Base - Gary Darling