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Manny Hits No. 501 in Sox Win

A day after blasting his historic 500th home run, Manny Ramirez didn’t waste any time in going for the next milestone. He launched his 501st home run, a two-run shot, as the Red Sox took their third straight from the Orioles, 9-4.

Bartolo Colon (3-0) earned the win with a decent outing, going six innings and allowing four runs on seven hits and two walks with five strikeouts. Orioles lefty Brian Burres was pretty bad, allowing seven runs on 12 hits in just four innings for the loss.

Sox Stud of the Game:

Manny Ramirez definitely earns the nod for his strong weekend and strong Sunday performance. The future Hall-of-Famer (no I’m not jinxing it, he’s just about clinched it) went 3-5 with two runs and three RBI’s, including his two-run shot.

Diamond Dud of the Game:

There really isn’t much to pick on here. Every Sox starter had one hit except for Jeff Bailey, but he was 0-1 with three walks. If you reach base three times you are no dud. I don’t care if you go 0-1 every game and finish the season hitless, a .750 on-base percentage is unbelievably productive. Anyway, let’s give dud status to Javier Lopez, who despite his decent 3.15 season ERA, has been pretty hittable this season. He allowed two more hits in his one inning of work on Sunday.

Game Notes:

  • David Ortiz was out of the lineup with that wrist injury. He will be evaluated and may get an MRI on Monday.
  • Sox fan David Wu caught Manny’s 500th HR ball and handed him the ball in the Sox lockeroom after the game. Manny plans to give the ball to charity.
  • Mike Lowell followed Manny’s 501st HR with a home run of his own.

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