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In the conclusion to their three game series against Atlanta, the Red Sox decided to go out with a bang. Going into the bottom of the 9th tied 5-5, Boston SS Nick Green came up to bat. Green was already 0-2 on the day and he knew he had to get something started. Instead, he finished things off. Green swung at the first pitch from Braves’ reliever Jeff Bennett and wrapped a fly ball around Pesky Pole to send the Sox home with a 6-5 victory.
The Sox offense showed up in fine form by pounding out 10 hits with David Ortiz leading the charge by going 2-4 with his sixth home run of the season. First baseman Mark Kotsay joined Ortiz as the only Sox players with a multi-hit game (Kotsay went 2-4 as well). Left fielder Jason Bay was the only one on the Sox without a hit by going 0-2 with a walk.
Tim Wakefield didn’t have his best stuff by giving up four earned runs in 6.2 innings of work and striking out two. It was his first non-quality outing since May 29th. Closer Jonathan Papelbon worked a scoreless ninth inning to pick up his first victory of the season.
Nick Green, SS: The game’s hero went 1-3 with the walk-off homer.
Hideki Okajima, RP: Okajima allowed the tying run in the top of the 8th inning and has allowed three earned runs this month after allowing zero runs in May.
“I didn’t even comprehend that it was a walk-off” – Nick Green
W: Jonathan Papelbon (1-1)
L: Jeff Bennett (2-4)