THE RAYS and A ONE WAY
TICKET TO "MANNY-WOOD" ...
The Sox pull it out in the 13th inning

May 30, 2008 ... Manny Ramirez helped to salvage the longest night of the season for the Red Sox. Ramirez hustled to second on third baseman Melvin Mora's 13th-inning throwing error and scored on Mike Lowell's single to break a 2-all tie. A throwing error by shortstop Freddie Bynum, Baltimore's third of the inning, allowed two more unearned runs to score, the Sox stole a club-record six bases, and six relievers combined for seven scoreless innings in a 5-2 win over the Orioles before a bipartisan crowd of 46,199 in Camden Yards.

Ramirez doubled in the first inning to set up Boston's second run, then came up empty his next four trips to the plate until Mora sailed a throw over the head of first baseman Kevin Millar in the 13th.

The Sox bullpen stranded seven runners from the ninth inning on: Manny Delcarmen stranding two in the ninth, when he induced Mora to roll to third; Craig Hansen stranding two in the 10th, when he whiffed Ramon Hernandez; and Timlin leaving them loaded in the 12th, retiring Hernandez on a fly ball to the track in left, where Ramirez casually gathered it in and flipped it to a fan in the stands.

Jacoby Ellsbury had three hits and stole three bases, the first Sox player to steal more than two bases in a game since Jerry Remy bagged four on June 14, 1980. The final two Sox steals came with Lowell on the front end of a double steal against inattentive reliever Dennis Sarfate, the last of seven Baltimore pitchers.

The Sox had scored in just two of their previous 31 innings. The win, just their second in seven games on the trip, enabled the Sox to remain a game behind Tampa Bay in the American League East. It took them 4 hours 49 minutes to do so.

The Sox scored twice in the first inning, their first runs in 13 innings, but a botched suicide squeeze thwarted a second-inning opportunity as Alex Cora failed to make contact, leaving Coco Crisp hanging, and Boston came up empty in nine straight chances with runners in scoring position against starter Daniel Cabrera., because it doesn't work."

Ellsbury tried to manufacture the go-ahead run with his feet, stealing second and third after reaching on a throwing error by Mora in the seventh, but even that couldn't awaken the Sox from their torpor. Dustin Pedroia (3 for 28 on the trip) grounded to third and David Ortiz grounded out to first.

Josh Beckett did his part, striking out 10 in an overpowering six innings. But a tainted run scored on Jason Varitek's throwing error in the second, and Aubrey Huff's solo home run in the fourth left him in a 2-all deadlock by the time he retired. Beckett, who temporarily lost his strike zone when he walked three straight with two outs in the sixth (knocking down old teammate Millar in the process) before making Adam Jones his 10th punchout, threw a season-high 118 pitches and was replaced by Hideki Okajima in the seventh.

Five losses in six games on the West Coast portion of the trip and a .169 team batting average had the Sox scrapping for runs early. After Ellsbury opened the game by slicing an opposite-field double to left, Pedroia bunted him to third, normally anathema for a team that disdains giving up outs, especially early. Ortiz lined a single to score Ellsbury, rambled to third when Ramirez doubled into the left-field corner, and scored on Lowell's sacrifice fly.

But those were the last runs the Sox would score against Cabrera, who beat them, 6-3, May 14 and left runners stranded all night. Crisp walked and continued to second when ball four went to the screen, then stole third with one out in the second. But he was erased when Cora came up empty on the suicide squeeze.

Ortiz doubled in the third and advanced no farther. Ellsbury doubled in the fifth and stalled. Lowell doubled with one out in the sixth and Varitek drew a walk with two out, but Crisp rolled out to end the inning. Lowell singled with one out in the eighth off the Orioles' second pitcher, rookie Jim Johnson, but was erased when Kevin Youkilis rolled into a double play nicely turned by Bynum.

The Orioles scored in the second when Millar lined a single to left and took third on Luke Scott's ground single to right. Scott broke for second, and when Varitek's throw sailed into center field, Millar strolled home. Scott was credited with a stolen base.

Huff led off the fourth with a home run when Beckett left a 1-and-0 fastball over the plate. Beckett has struck out Huff more times (10) than any other Oriole. The home run was the ex-Ray's first off the Sox ace.

Okajima gave the Sox two scoreless innings, sending the game into the ninth with the score tied. Mike Timlin pitched out of a bases-loaded jam in the 12th for the win, surviving a bobble and recovery by shortstop Julio Lugo, while Jonathan Papelbon worked the 13th for his first save in eight days.

 

 

at Camden Yards (Baltimore) ...

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BALTIMORE

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W-Mike Timlin (3-3)
S-Jonathan Papelbon (15)
L-Chad Bradford (2-2)
Attendance 46,199

2B-Ellsbury (2)(Bost), Ramirez (Bost),
Ortiz (Bost), Lowell (Bost), Markakis (Balt)
HR-Huff (Balt)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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AVG

 

 

Jacoby Ellsbury rf 7 1 3 .280  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 0 0 .278  

 

David Ortiz dh 6 1 2 .251  

 

Manny Ramirez lf 6 1 1 .289  

 

Mike Lowell 3b 5 1 3 .281  

 

Kevin Youkilis 1b 6 1 1 .302  

 

Jason Varitek c 5 0 0 .259  

 

Coco Crisp cf 5 0 0 .256  

 

Alex Cora ss 2 0 0 .333  

 

Jeff Bailey ph 1 0 0 .000  

 

Julio Lugo ss 0 0 0 .279  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Josh Beckett 6 4 2 3 10  
  Hideki Okajima 2 1 0 0 1  
  Mnny Delcarmen 1 1 0 1 1  
  Javier Lopez 0.1 1 0 0 0  
  Craig Hansen 1.2 0 0 1 2  
  Mike Timlin 1 1 0 2 1  
  Jon Papelbon 1 0 0 0 2  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2008 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 33 22 -

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 33 24 1

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 31 26 3

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 27 27 5 1/2

 

 

New York Yankees 27 27 5 1/2