DAVID ORTIZ

THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 11 ...
IT'S TIME TO "COWBOY UP"

David Ortiz knocks out
2 HRs in Chicago

September 3, 2003 ... On the night Ramirez reclaimed the cleanup role Ortiz filled so ably in his absence, the superstar's running mate reminded Sox fans how extraordinarily valuable he is by slugging a pair of go-ahead home runs, including the decisive blow with one out in the 10th inning off former Sox closer Tom Gordon, to propel Grady Little's comeback kids to a rousing 5-4 victory over the White Sox before 20,082 at US Cellular Field.

Ramirez looked as dangerous at the plate as ever, going 2 for 4 with a walk and scoring on Ortiz's two-run blast in the eighth that staked the Sox to a 4-3 lead. But Ortiz, who also singled home a run in the first inning on his way to matching a career high with four RBIs, had plenty of help. Jason Varitek launched a tying solo shot in the fifth inning after the Sox fell behind, 2-1. Derek Lowe allowed three runs (only two earned) over seven innings to keep the Sox in the game. And Byung Hyun Kim recorded the final six outs, with major assists from Ramirez and Nomar Garciaparra, who combined to gun down the potential winning run at the plate in the ninth. But even after the latest burst of resiliency iced another sweet victory, Soxville could hardly be worry-free. Not after Mike Timlin blew Boston's 20th save opportunity of the season by surrendering a tying blast to Jose "1 for his last 26" Valentin leading off the eighth. Only the Tampa Bay (22) and Cleveland (21) pens have blown more save opportunities. And of the three, only the Sox have postseason aspirations. Valentin slugged a 3-1 sinker from Timlin to nullify the 4-3 lead after Ortiz's first dramatic shot.

Kim looked a little shaky in the ninth inning, when the White Sox nearly won it as Frank Thomas singled off Garciaparra's glove and pinch runner Aaron Rowand tried to score on Magglio Ordonez's double into the left-field corner. Ramirez retrieved the ball and fired to Garciaparra. The throw easily nailed Rowand, helping Kim escape unscathed. And Kim finished off Chicago in the 10th inning - only after Joe Crede sent Gabe Kapler to the wall in right field for the final out - to improve to 7-4 as the Sox won for the third straight time on their four-city, nine-game road trip.

Thanks to Lowe battling through seven innings, the Sox improved to 23-15 in one-run games and 10-5 in extra innings. They also won for the 21st time in their last at-bat. Ortiz became just the 12th player in Sox history with at least five multihomer games in a season.

The triumph was Boston's third straight on the road and catapulted them back into a tie with the Mariners (7-0 losers to the Devil Rays) for the wild-card lead. The Sox also climbed within three games of the Yankees (4-3 losers to the Blue Jays) in the American League East with, yes, three games looming this weekend in the Bronx in the final showdown of the season between the archrivals.

 

at U.S. Cellular Field (Chicago) ...

R

H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

1

0

0

0

0

0

1

2

0

1

 

5

11

1

CHICAGO WHITE SOX

0

0

1

0

1

0

1

1

0

0

 

4

13

0

W-Byung-Hyun Kim (8-9)
L-Tom Gordon (6-6)
Attendance 20,082

2B-Ramirez (Bost), Lee (2)(Chi), Ordonez (Chi)
HR-Varitek (Bost), Ortiz (2)(Bost), Valentin (Chi)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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H

AVG

 

 

Johnny Damon cf 5 0 1 .273  

 

Bill Mueller 3b 5 0 1 .319  

 

Nmr Garciaparra ss 5 1 1 .319  

 

Manny Ramirez lf 4 1 2 .318  

 

David Ortiz dh 5 2 3 .293  

 

Kevin Millar 1b 3 0 0 .279  

 

Jason Varitek c 5 1 2 .276  

 

Gabe Kapler rf 4 0 0 .258  

 

Damian Jackson 2b 4 0 1 .252  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Derek Lowe 7 10 3 4 3  
  Mike Timlin 0.1 1 1 0 0  
  Scott Sauerbeck 0.2 0 0 0 1  
  Byung-Hyun Kim 2 2 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2003 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

New York Yankees 83 54 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 81 58 3

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 69 69 14 1/2

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 62 76 21 1/2

 

 

Tampa Bay Devil Rays 54 83 29

 

 

 

 

2003 WILD CARD STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 81 58 -

 

 

Seattle Mariners 81 58 -

 

 

Minnesota Twins 73 66 8

 

 

Chicago White Sox 73 66 8