Detroit at Boston

W: H. Okajima (4-3) L: P. Coke (6-2)
HR: DET - M. Cabrera (26)   BOS - None

Ortiz comes through in walk-off win for Red Sox wire reports

BOSTON -- The Boston Red Sox didn't pick up any new impact players at the trading deadline. Instead, they showed some signs of life thanks to one of their old stars.

David Ortiz brought back memories of the team's World Series runs with his first game-ending hit in almost a year, doubling in three runs with one out in the ninth inning on Saturday to lead the Red Sox to a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers. It was the 18th regular season walkoff hit of his career -- but his first in since last Aug. 26.

Tigers at Red Sox

"The guy's been doing it for a long time and he got us," said Tigers manager Jim Leyland, who walked Kevin Youkilis to load the bases and create a left-lefty matchup with Phil Coke. "You're hoping you get a strikeout or a double play there, but he got us."

Ortiz had stranded six baserunners already in the game -- striking out with two runners in scoring position in the sixth, and with the bases loaded in the seventh -- when he came up against Coke in the ninth. Ortiz was 0 for 8 with three strikeouts against Coke in his career.

"I was having a crazy day today," Ortiz said. "I faced a few situations and I didn't come through."

But he did when it was most important.

"I won," he said. "That's it. Game over."

The lefty DH showed bunt against the shifted defense on the first pitch, then took another pitch for Ball 2. After fouling one off, he lined the next pitch into the left-center gap as the runners raced around the bases.

Darnell McDonald and Jed Lowrie scored before Youkilis slid across the plate without a throw.

Ortiz celebrated at second base, and his teammates soon joined him there.

"It felt good, man," Ortiz said. "It was a game that we weren't able to score some runs in the few opportunities that we had. To come back and win it felt great."

Hideki Okajima (4-3) pitched a perfect ninth inning.

Coke (6-2) took the loss after coming in with one on in the ninth. The only batter he retired was Marco Scutaro, who hit a long fly ball that left-fielder Don Kelly jumped to grab in the top of the webbing of his glove.

The Red Sox trailed 2-0 on Miguel Cabrera's 26th homer in the first inning and fell behind 4-0 after four. Ortiz earlier struck out with the bases loaded in the seventh and with runners on second and third in the sixth.

But he got another chance in the ninth when McDonald beat out an infield single to lead off the inning, and Coke came in to relieve Ryan Perry. Scutaro's drive was more of a warning shot: Pinch-hitter Lowrie doubled to the same part of the field, and then Youkilis was walked to load the bases.

Ortiz, McDonald and Bill Hall each had a pair of hits for Boston, and Ryan Kalish also had two hits in his major league debut. The Red Sox, who failed to make a big trade by the 4 p.m. deadline, won for just the 10th time in 24 games since improving to a half-game behind the first-place New York Yankees on July 3.

"It was a busy day, a long day and it ended up being a good one," Red Sox manager Terry Francona said. "Anytime you hear the music playing at the end, it's a good one."

Max Scherzer took a shutout into the seventh inning, leaving 4-0 thanks to Cabrera's two-run homer in the first and Ramon Santiago's RBI single in the second and run-scoring double in the fourth. Boston made it 4-2 in the seventh before Perry struck out Ortiz with the bases loaded to end the inning.


  • At the trading deadline, the Red Sox acquired C Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the Texas Rangers for two minor leaguers, a player to be named and cash. They also sent RHP Ramon Ramirez to the San Francisco Giants for pitching prospect Daniel Turpen, designated OF Jeremy Hermida for assignment and selected OF Kalish from Triple-A Pawtucket. LHP Dustin Richardson was also recalled from Pawtucket.
  • The Tigers traded OF Wilkin Ramirez to Atlanta for a player to be named or cash.
  • Tigers RHP Armando Galarraga says he will make his next start. He left Friday night's game after being hit by a line drive from the bat of Youkilis on his right ankle.
  • Two players had their first major-league hits in their first at-bats: Detroit's Jeff Frazier and Boston's Kalish.
  • Leyland signed a couple of baseballs for a woman in the stands who was hit by an errant throw during batting practice.
  • Daisuke Matsuzaka allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks, striking out five in six-plus innings.
  • Scherzer had been 0-6 with a 6.60 ERA on the road since winning in Seattle April 18.
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Kevin Youkilis embraces David Ortiz after Big Papi's bases-loaded double in the bottom of the ninth.  (AP)
Kevin Youkilis embraces David Ortiz after Big Papi's bases-loaded double in the bottom of the ninth. (AP)

Players of the Game

D. Ortiz
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

M. Cabrera
AB 3
R 1
H 2
HR 1

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Will Rhymes, 2B3100113 .276
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Miguel Cabrera, 1B3122100 .351
Jhonny Peralta, 3B3000103 .249
Don Kelly, LF4000002 .198
Jeff Frazier, DH4220000 .286
Gerald Laird, C4010021 .187
Ramon Santiago, SS4022000 .277
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HR - Miguel Cabrera (26, Matsuzaka)
SH - Will Rhymes (1)
RBI - Miguel Cabrera 2 (91), Ramon Santiago 2 (15)
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Team LOB - 7
Outfield Assists - Brennan Boesch 1, Don Kelly 1
DP - Santiago-Rhymes-Cabrera, Rhymes-Santiago-Cabrera, Cabrera-Santiago
Detroit Tigers
Max Scherzer 6.1911130 4.28
Brad Thomas0111000 4.40
Ryan Perry (H,11) 1.2311120 5.01
Phil Coke (BS,2; L,6-2) 0.1222100 2.66
IBB - Youkilis by Phil Coke
HBP - Youkilis (by Ryan Perry)
Pitches-Strikes - Max Scherzer 115-74, Brad Thomas 5-2, Ryan Perry 37-20, Phil Coke 22-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Max Scherzer 5-7, Ryan Perry 1-2
Batters Faced - Max Scherzer 25, Brad Thomas 1, Ryan Perry 10, Phil Coke 4
Boston Red Sox
Marco Scutaro, SS5010012 .282
J.D. Drew, RF2010202 .269
    Eric Patterson, PR-CF0000000 .212
   a- Jed Lowrie, PH1110000 .250
Kevin Youkilis, 1B3110103 .308
David Ortiz, DH5023026 .257
Victor Martinez, C4020003 .292
Adrian Beltre, 3B4110003 .332
Bill Hall, 2B4020001 .235
Ryan Kalish, LF4121012 .500
Darnell McDonald, CF-RF4121010 .261
a-doubled for Patterson in the 9th
2B - Jed Lowrie (4, Coke), Kevin Youkilis (26, Scherzer), David Ortiz (22, Coke), Darnell McDonald (13, Perry)
RBI - David Ortiz 3 (71), Ryan Kalish (1), Darnell McDonald (26)
Team LOB - 10
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Daisuke Matsuzaka 6844251 4.22
Dustin Richardson 0.2000110 2.35
Scott Atchison 1.1000010 4.06
Hideki Okajima (W,4-3) 1000000 5.63
IBB - Cabrera by Dustin Richardson
Pitches-Strikes - Daisuke Matsuzaka 108-72, Dustin Richardson 10-5, Scott Atchison 15-9, Hideki Okajima 7-5
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Daisuke Matsuzaka 6-7, Dustin Richardson 1-0, Scott Atchison 1-2, Hideki Okajima 2-1
Batters Faced - Daisuke Matsuzaka 28, Dustin Richardson 3, Scott Atchison 4, Hideki Okajima 3
Game Information
Attendance - 37498
Game Time - 3:29
Temperature - 72
Umpires - Home - Dan Iassogna, First Base - Dale Scott, Second Base - Jerry Meals, Third Base - Mark Wegner