"The Mother's Day Miracle"
The Red Sox comeback and score six runs
in the bottom of the ninth

JULIO LUGO

ON THIS DATE (May 13, 2007) ... The cheers were still echoing after the 6-5 comeback victory from the 36,379 enjoying Mother's Day and a walkoff at Fenway Park. A dropped popup and, the next thing you know, a combination of some magic here and some really good players that don't quit.

The Orioles had gotten to seven-game winner Josh Beckett for two first-inning runs, then saw the Sox ace leave with what first would be called an avulsion of the right middle finger. The Orioles' starter had mastered the Sox over 8 1/3 innings, until things turned suddenly and dramatically.

After 91 pitches from Jeremy Guthrie that dazzled Sox batters, the right-hander was pulled after that popup squirted out of catcher Ramon Hernandez's glove, allowing Coco Crisp to reach. The succession of successful at-bats quickly became Red Sox lore.

After Hernandez's error, David Ortiz doubled to left-center off Danys Baez, scoring Crisp. Wily Mo Pena, batting in place of Manny Ramirez, who was removed with a tight hamstring before the top half of the inning, singled to left. Chris Ray came on and walked J.D. Drew. Suddenly, the tying run was at the plate, with the bases loaded. Kevin Youkilis walked, scoring Ortiz and making it 5-2.

Varitek doubled to right-center, scoring Pena and Drew to make it 5.-4. Eric Hinske was walked intentionally, loading them up again. Alex Cora then bounced into a fielder's choice, with second baseman Brian Roberts electing to go home with a ball that did not appear to have a chance to be converted into a double play.

That gave Lugo, up for the second time in the inning, his chance, and he hit a ball that rolled toward first baseman Millar. Ray was late off the mound and, as Lugo went into a slide, the ball glanced off Ray's glove and bounced away, Varitek and Hinske coming around to score. Sox win, 6-5, and there was chaos.



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W-J.C. Romero (1-0)
L-Chris Ray (3-3)
Attendance 36,379

2B-Payton (Bal), Youkilis (Bost), Drew (Bost), Ortiz (Bost)