SWEPT AWAY BY A "RALLY MONKEY" ...
Baldelli and Lugo lead the Sox in a comeback

July 1, 2009 ... Josh Beckett had a lot to do with putting the Sox in the position they found themselves heading into the ninth inning. The Sox were down by four runs with three outs to go. But Dustin Pedroia worked a walk and was energizing on a two-run home run by Kevin Youkilis, and ended two innings later on a redemptive single by Lugo that capped off a 6-5 triumph in 11 innings that left the Sox with a celebration for the plane ride home.

Beckett was turning subpar feel and a flat fastball into five runs for the opposition, with one in the first, one in the second when Luke Scott blasted the first pitch of the inning out to left-center, two in the third, and one more on a leadoff homer (by Ty Wigginton) in the fourth. But Beckett settled himself, pitching three more innings, all 1-2-3, to keep the deficit at four runs.

Orioles starter Brad Bergesen, meanwhile, did all he could, going eight innings and holding the Sox to a run on four hits. After that run scored, he retired 11 consecutive batters. But after 103 pitches, Trembley turned to Jim Johnson. He wasn't as effective, by a long shot. Pedroia opened the ninth with that walk, followed by the two-run homer.

Lots of people. Like, say, Rocco Baldelli and Lugo. With the Sox down, 5-3, Jason Bay (swinging) and David Ortiz (looking) were caught on curveballs by closer George Sherrill, the strikeout marking the fourth in what would be a 5-K day for Bay. Two outs, ninth inning. No problem. Jacoby Ellsbury singled to center field and Jeff Bailey and Varitek followed with walks. The bases were loaded for Baldelli, who sent a ball past shortstop Robert Andino and into center. Ellsbury and Bailey came home. Game tied.

Daniel Bard looked overpowering with four strikeouts in the eighth and ninth, and an excellent sliding catch by Bay in left ended the ninth. That brought on extras, in which the Orioles could do nothing.

After Ellsbury led off the 11th inning with a double off Danys Baez and advanced to third on a fly to right, Lugo came up with a chance to give the Sox the lead. He singled. Ellsbury scored. The Sox were up.

Jonathan Papelbon pitched a clean 11th inning for his 20th save of the season and the 133d of his career, breaking the Sox' record. The Sox are 20-8 since May 31st.

 

at Camden Yards (Baltimore) ...

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H

E

BOSTON RED SOX

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

4

0

1

 

6

10

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BALTIMORE ORIOLES

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1

2

1

0

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0

0

0

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5

6

1

W-Ramon Ramirez (5-2)
S-Jonathan Papelbon (20)
L-Danys Baez (4-2)
Attendance 29,391


2B-Pedroia (Bost), Ellsbury (Bost), Markakis (Balt)
HR-Youkilis (Bost), Scott (Balt), Wigginton (Balt)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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H

AVG

 

 

J.D. Drew rf 5 1 2 .265  

 

Dustin Pedroia 2b 5 1 2 .291  

 

Kevin Youkilis 3b 5 1 1 .314  

 

Jason Bay lf 5 0 0 .262  

 

David Ortiz dh 5 0 1 .225  

 

Jacoby Ellsbury cf 5 2 2 .304  

 

Mark Kotsay 1b 3 0 0 .289  

 

Jeff Bailey pr/1b 1 1 0 .216  

 

Jason Varitek c 3 0 0 .234  

 

Julio Lugo pr/ss 1 0 1 .301  

 

Nick Green ss 3 0 0 .267  

 

Rocco Baldelli ph 1 0 1 .289  

 

George Kottaras c 1 0 0 .221  
               
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Josh Beckett 7 6 5 2 5  
  Daniel Bard 2 0 0 0 4  
  Ramon Ramirez 1 0 0 0 1  
  Jon Papelbon 1 0 0 0 0  

 

 

         

 

 

 

2009 A.L. EAST STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX 48 30 -

 

 

New York Yankees 45 32 2 1/2

 

 

Toronto Blue Jays 44 36 5

 

 

Tampa Bay Rays 42 38 7

 

 

Baltimore Orioles 35 43 13