MANNY ARRIVES AS THE
YAWKEY ERA CRASHES & BURNS

Tek's walk-off delivers for the Sox

May 13, 2001 ... An inning after Oakland A's manager Art Howe ordered Manny Ramirez to be intentionally walked with one out and the bases empty in extra innings, the switch-hitting Jason Varitek hit his first home run in 47 games dating back to last Sept. 13th to give the Red Sox a 5-4 win in 11 innings before a Mother's Day crowd of 31,926.

The Red Sox salvaged a split of this six-game homestand by winning the last two games against the A's. They also returned to first place in the American League East, a half-game ahead of the Yankees.

No one could possibly do more than Ramirez, who came to the plate in the eighth inning after a triple by Jose Offerman and RBI single by John Valentin to deliver a tying two-run homer that was caught in the Sox bullpen by reliever Rod Beck. Ramirez's home run, which came off A's reliever Jim Mecir, was his 13th of the season, fourth of the homestand, and eighth in 22 games at Fenway Park. Thirty-five of his league-leading 46 RBIs, including a dozen on this homestand, have come on Yawkey Way.

The As exploited a wild Hideo Nomo (six walks in four innings plus four batters) to take a 4-1 lead into the eighth behind lefthander Mark Mulder, but couldn't escape the magnitude of Manny.

Derek Lowe, brought back into a pressure chamber for the first time since blowing a save two Sundays ago here against the Royals, survived a two-out error by shortstop John Valentin to strike out Johnny Damon with the bases loaded to end the 10th, and left two runners on in the 11th, which began with a leadoff double by Frank Menechino.

Valentin, who in addition to his eighth-inning single walked and scored the first Sox run on Dante Bichette's single in the first and made a diving stop to take away a hit from Sal Fasano in the sixth, was relieved that the Lowe he saw was the one he remembered from the last two seasons.

 

F   E   N   W   A   Y     P   A   R   K

 

 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

 

R

H

E

 
 

OAKLAND ATHLETICS

0

0

0

0

4

0

0

0

0

0

0

 

4

7

1

 
 

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

3

0

0

1

 

5

9

1

 

 

W-Derek Lowe (2-5)
L-Jeff Tam (0-1)
Attendance - 31,926

 2B-Menenchino (Oak)

 3B-Offerman (Bost)

 HR-Valdez (Oak), Ramirez (Bost), Varitek (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

R

H

AVG

 

 

Trot Nixon rf 4 0 0 .252  

 

Jose Offerman 1b 5 1 1 .317  

 

John Valentin ss 4 2 1 .200  

 

Manny Ramirez dh 4 1 2 .408  

 

Dante Bichette lf 4 0 1 .321  

 

Shea Hillnbrnd 3b 5 0 0 .302  

 

Jason Varitek c 4 1 2 .284  

 

Mike Lansing 2b 4 0 1 .231  

 

Darren Lewis cf 3 0 1 .218  

 

Carl Everett ph/cf 1 0 0 .290  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Hideo Nomo 4 2 4 6 4  
  Tim Wakefield 2 2 0 1 0  
  Rich Garces 1 0 0 0 0  
  Pete Schourek 1 0 0 1 1  
  Rod Beck 1.2 2 0 1 1  
  Derek Lowe 1.1 1 0 2 1  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2001 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

22

15

-

 

 

New York Yankees

22 16 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays

19 18 3

 

 

Baltimore Orioles

16 22 6 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Devil Rays

11 26 11