BOSTON (AP) -- Nomar Garciaparra did exactly what no one expected
him to do -- he bunted.
Garciaparra went 4-for-6 with three doubles and his major
league-leading 12th triple, but it was his first sacrifice since
1997 that set up the winning run as the Red Sox completed a
three-game sweep over Houston and former manager Jimy Williams, 3-2
in 14 innings Sunday.
"All we needed was one run and the (third baseman) was back,''
Garciaparra said. "We just needed to move the guy up and then we'd
have two shots. I figured I would lay one down, and it was a good
try to even get the base hit.''
Manny Ramirez singled home the winning run with one out in the 14th inning.
"He did it himself,'' Red Sox manager Grady Little said of
Garciaparra's decision to bunt.
Boston's much-maligned bullpen by committee, a failure for the
early part of the season, combined for eight innings of scoreless
Todd Walker opened the inning with a single off Nathan Bland
(1-2). Pete Munro relieved and Walker moved up on Garciaparra's
bunt. That brought up Ramirez, who had grounded out with the bases
loaded to end the 11th, but lined a shot into the gap in
"We just took a shot, righty against righty, and Manny won the
battle,'' Williams said. "They pitched very, very well for one
thing. How many runs did we score? They pitched and played good
Williams managed the Red Sox from 1997 until being fired in
Ramirez is now 5-for-5 with two homers lifetime against Munro.
"I got ahead 0-2 and tried to establish a pitch inside,'' Munro
said. "I put it where I wanted it, but Manny does what he did
today against a lot of teams.''
Garciaparra's four extra-base hits were a career-high. He did,
though, fly to short center with the bases loaded in the 11th
before Ramirez's ground out.
Jason Shiell (2-0), the fifth Red Sox pitcher, allowed one hit
and struck out two in the 14th.
"Our brightest spot was our bullpen picked up our position
players,'' said Little, who was ejected in the seventh inning after
arguing a play at first base.
Red Sox reliever Brandon Lyon struck out four and left three
runners stranded -- two at second -- in the ninth and 10th innings.
"It's nice to have, but that's just the job we expect to do
every time,'' Timlin said.
The Red Sox are 3-1 in extra innings and the Astros are 1-5.
Boston stranded eight runners from the ninth through 13th
innings. They loaded the bases with one out in the 11th, but
Garciaparra flied out and Ramirez grounded out.
Kim went six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits with
four strikeouts and two walks. He entered with a 6.60 ERA in four
appearances (15 innings) since coming to the Red Sox in a trade from Arizona on May 29.
Bill Mueller then doubled off the Green Monster and Jackson
scored when Berkman misplayed the carom.
Garciaparra tripled when center fielder Richard Hidalgo lost his
ball in the sun and scored on Ramirez's sacrifice fly as the Red
Sox made it 2-all in the sixth against Wade Miller.
Little was ejected by first-base umpire Marty Foster after
Craig Biggio was called safe at first base when 2B Walker was ruled
off the bag, covering on a sacrifice. ... Hidalgo's home run in the
third inning was his second since coming off the DL on June 6
following a bout with tonsillitis. ... Little said Ryan Rupe,
recalled by the Red Sox on Friday from Triple-A Pawtucket, is
expected to relieve starter Pedro Martinez on Monday. The plan is
for Martinez to go five innings. ... The players, coaches and
umpires all wore blue wrist bands in support of prostate cancer
awareness. ... Hidalgo lost Nixon's ball in the sun for a double in
the seventh. ... It was Little's second ejection. ... Nixon,
battling the sun, made a nice diving catch on Hidalgo in the 13th.