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Although Tim Wakefield received a no-decision, he put in seven solid innings of work for the Red Sox. Paul Konerko got Chicago on the scoreboard in the top of the first with a triple to center which drove in Gordon Beckham. David Ortiz tied the game up in the second with his first of two home runs in the game.
Wakefield and Gavin Floyd kept exchanging scoreless innings until the sixth, when Alex Gonzalez went deep off of Floyd to give Boston a 2-1 lead. Wakefield finished his first start since coming off of the disabled list with seven strong innings of work: one earned run and three strikeouts.
Ramon Ramirez entered the eighth inning and gave up a game tying solo shot to Scott Podsednik. When it looked like we would have another extra inning game upon us, Ortiz stepped up. After Tony Pena got Kevin Youkilis to strike out looking, Ortiz took Pena deep to right for a walk off home run. It was his second home run of the night. Ortiz now has 22 home runs this season.
After a night where the Fenway faithful paid tribute to Senator Edward Kennedy, the Sox showed late inning heroics in which Ortiz came through in the clutch and Wakefield had a strong outing for the first time since coming off of the disabled list.
David Ortiz. Aside from striking out twice tonight, Ortiz provided the offense, which propelled the Sox to victory. This multi-homer game definitely is good to see from Ortiz and maybe will jump-start his offensive production just in time for the post-season push.
Ramon Ramirez. Ramirez entered the game with a one run lead in the eighth and gave up a pinch-hit home run to Podsednik (who gives up home runs against Podsednik?). He then walked Beckham and allowed Beckham to steal second. His final numbers were: 2/3 of an inning pitched, one hit, and one earned.
W: D. Bard (1-1)
L: T. Pena (1-2)