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It came down to the wire – two outs in the top of the ninth – when the Red Sox busted out, coming from behind and scoring a total of six times in the inning for the 8-4 win.
The game started out as a pitcher’s duel between Jon Lester and Kevin Millwood, although the Rangers were on the board early with a two-run homer by Michael Young. Ortiz tied the game in the sixth inning with his own two-run shot, and the game continued in a hard-to-watch atmosphere as the Sox consistently stranded men on base.
Then in the ninth inning the Sox bats came alive – finally. In an odd decision, Clay Buchholz was put in to pinch run for Jason Varitek, but was tagged out at home, leaving the Sox with two outs and two men on. From there, the Red Sox broke open the game thanks to Victor Martinez, whose two-run double put the Red Sox on top 5-4. Another three runs scored before the end of the inning (on a Jason Bay RBI single and a J.D. Drew two-run shot), finishing the game with a Sox win of 8-4.
He stretched out his bat, putting up a fight with two outs in the inning before smacking a double down the first base line to put the Red Sox on top.
What was with this pinch run?! Even if he couldn’t see the ball clearly, he tripped up coming around third base and just looked awkward on the field. And simply, he just didn’t get the job done, which was the reason for him being out there in the first place.
“You think you’ve seen everything. That was one of the most exciting innings we’ve been part of. That at-bat Victor (Martinez) had was phenomenal,” said Terry Francona of the ninth inning.
W: Takashi Saito (3-3)
L: Frank Francisco (2-2)