Cincinnati at Boston

Final 12th
W: C. Breslow (1-0) L: L. Ondrusek (0-2)
HR: CIN - None   BOS - None

Red Sox beat Reds in 12th on Sizemore's liner off Monster wire reports

BOSTON -- Carlton Fisk cleared the Green Monster to beat the Cincinnati Reds.

All Grady Sizemore had to do was hit it.

The Red Sox outfielder lined one off the bottom of Fenway Park's left-field Wall to drive in the winning run on Tuesday night and Boston beat Cincinnati 4-3 in 12 innings -- the longest game between the teams since Fisk's historic homer in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.

''It will never get old to walk off,'' said Sizemore, who had three hits in the game. ''I was just glad I could come through.''

An All-Star with the Cleveland Indians, Sizemore missed all of the last two seasons while recovering from back surgery. The Red Sox brought him in as an extra outfielder, knowing the low risk would pay off big if he returned to the form that earned him MVP votes from 2005-08.

''I've got to believe that tonight gives him even further feeling like he's contributing here rather than being someone coming back from an injury,'' Red Sox manager John Farrell said. ''Nights like tonight go a long way and continue to rebuild Grady.''

Sizemore singled in a run in the third and had another base hit in the eighth, then came up with nobody out in the 12th after David Ortiz and Mike Napoli had already singled off Logan Ondrusek (0-2). He hit the first pitch to left-center, and the outfielders didn't even bother picking it up as Ortiz scored easily.

Craig Breslow (1-0) pitched one inning of scoreless relief for the victory. Boston beat Cincinnati for the sixth time in seven games since the Reds rebounded from the Fisk homer to win Game 7 of the '75 Series to take the title. The teams also met for interleague series in 2005 and `08.

Dustin Pedroia had three hits, including two doubles, as the Red Sox won for the third time in four games. Napoli drove in a pair of runs as the Red Sox opened a 3-1 lead only to see Junichi Tazawa give it up in the eighth.

''We finally got something going a little late,'' Reds outfielder Ryan Ludwick said. ''Any time you lose a game, you think about missed opportunities.''

Red Sox starter Felix Doubront allowed one run on five hits, but he walked two batters in the sixth before leaving with one out and a 3-1 lead. Burke Badenhop threw one pitch to Skip Schumaker to get an inning-ending play.

It was still 3-1 in the eighth when Joey Votto drew a one-out walk and Brandon Phillips doubled to put runners on second and third. Todd Frazier singled in one run, and Ryan Ludwick tied it 3-all with a sacrifice fly.


Reds starter Homer Bailey gave up three runs on five hits and five walks, striking out five in six innings. ... The Reds placed RF Jay Bruce on the 15-day disabled list with a torn meniscus in his left knee and selected the contract of OF Roger Bernadina from Triple-A Louisville. Bruce had arthroscopic surgery on Monday and is expected to miss about a month. ... The game marked the 99th anniversary of Babe Ruth's first of 714 career homers, on May 6, 1915. The Red Sox LHP also pitched 12 1/3 innings and took the loss in a complete game against the Yankees at the Polo Grounds. ... The Reds announced that their April 28 rainout against the Cubs will be made up as part of a day-night doubleheader on July 8. ... Red Sox DH David Ortiz played in his 2,000th career game.

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Grady Sizemore gets plenty of love from his Boston teammates after he delivers the winning RBI in the 12th. (Getty Images)
Grady Sizemore gets plenty of love from his Boston teammates after he delivers the winning RBI in the 12th. (Getty Images)

Players of the Game

G. Sizemore
AB 6
R 0
H 3
HR 0

S. Schumaker
AB 5
R 0
H 2
HR 0

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Chris Heisey, RF6010020 .246
Joey Votto, 1B5110112 .272
Brandon Phillips, 2B5120101 .283
Todd Frazier, 3B5111122 .265
Ryan Ludwick, LF3011100 .275
Skip Schumaker, CF5021013 .200
Zack Cozart, SS5020012 .204
Neftali Soto, DH3000014 .133
   a-Billy Hamilton, PH-DH1000000 .242
Tucker Barnhart, C5000013 .158
Homer Bailey, P0000000 .231
   J.J. Hoover, P0000000 .000
   Manny Parra, P0000000 .000
   Sam LeCure, P0000000 .000
   Logan Ondrusek, P0000000 .000
a-hit a sacrifice bunt for Soto in the 9th
2B - Brandon Phillips (7, Tazawa), Ryan Ludwick (5, Doubront)
SF - Ryan Ludwick (2)
SH - Billy Hamilton (3)
RBI - Todd Frazier (19), Ryan Ludwick (14), Skip Schumaker (1)
Team LOB - 10
Cincinnati Reds
Homer Bailey 6533550 5.36
J.J. Hoover 1.1100010 8.38
Manny Parra 1000020 3.65
Sam LeCure 1.2100200 0.59
Logan Ondrusek (L,0-2) 1411010 6.48
IBB - Ortiz by Homer Bailey
Pitches-Strikes - Homer Bailey 110-64, J.J. Hoover 18-13, Manny Parra 9-8, Sam LeCure 32-17, Logan Ondrusek 26-14
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Homer Bailey 11-2, J.J. Hoover 1-2, Manny Parra 1-0, Sam LeCure 3-1, Logan Ondrusek 1-1
Batters Faced - Homer Bailey 28, J.J. Hoover 5, Manny Parra 3, Sam LeCure 7, Logan Ondrusek 7
Boston Red Sox
Dustin Pedroia, 2B5230111 .287
Shane Victorino, RF5010104 .250
David Ortiz, DH4120200 .250
Mike Napoli, 1B4012202 .288
Grady Sizemore, LF6032003 .242
Xander Bogaerts, SS5000036 .268
A.J. Pierzynski, C5000026 .275
Will Middlebrooks, 3B5000021 .208
Jackie Bradley Jr., CF4110110 .216
Felix Doubront, P0000000 .000
   Burke Badenhop, P0000000 .000
   Junichi Tazawa, P0000000 .000
   Koji Uehara, P0000000 .000
   Andrew Miller, P0000000 .000
   Craig Breslow, P0000000 .000
2B - Dustin Pedroia 2 (13, Bailey), David Ortiz (6, Bailey)
RBI - Mike Napoli 2 (19), Grady Sizemore 2 (11)
SB - Shane Victorino (1, 3rd base off LeCure/Barnhart)
CS - Dustin Pedroia (3, 2nd base by LeCure/Barnhart)
Team LOB - 13
DP - Pedroia-Napoli, Pedroia-Napoli-Pedroia-Bogaerts-Napoli
E - Will Middlebrooks (2, Misplayed grounder)
Boston Red Sox
Felix Doubront 5.1511330 5.09
Burke Badenhop (H,2) 1.2000000 3.20
Junichi Tazawa (BS,2) 1222100 3.21
Koji Uehara 1200000 1.32
Andrew Miller 2000040 1.84
Craig Breslow (W,1-0) 1100020 5.63
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Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Felix Doubront 5-7, Burke Badenhop 3-1, Koji Uehara 1-2, Andrew Miller 3-0
Batters Faced - Felix Doubront 23, Burke Badenhop 4, Junichi Tazawa 6, Koji Uehara 5, Andrew Miller 7, Craig Breslow 4
Game Information
Attendance - 36004
Game Time - 4:04
Temperature - 61
Umpires - Home - Bill Welke, First Base - Brian Gorman, Second Base - Jim Wolf, Third Base - David Rackley