Varitek hits three-run homer in win

BOSTON (AP) -- Boston turned one bad pitch and one bad throw into
another high-scoring victory.

Jason Varitek hit the pitch from Mark Redman for a three-run
homer, Oakland shortstop Bobby Crosby's throw led to four unearned
runs and the Red Sox beat the Athletics 9-6 on Wednesday night.

Varitek's eighth homer of the season after Manny Ramirez walked
intentionally gave Boston a 9-5 lead in the sixth. That came one
inning after Eric Chavez's 12th homer, also a three-run shot, cut
the lead to 6-5.

"It's just a moment in the game," Varitek said. "It doesn't
matter when it happens. It's important to get a hit."

Mark Redman (3-3) said he made a mistake to Varitek.

"I was going to throw him two changeups in a row, but the
second one wasn't where I wanted it to go," he said.

Crosby, who made three errors in his first 36 games, committed
two Wednesday. The costly one came in the fourth when he bobbled a
grounder, then threw wildly to second with the bases loaded and
allowed three runs to score on a potential inning-ending forceout.

"I got an in-between hop and didn't get a good grip on the
ball," Crosby said. "I should have taken my time and made a good

David Ortiz followed with a single for his AL-leading 39th RBI.

Derek Lowe (4-4) allowed five runs and nine hits in six innings,
leading the Red Sox to their fifth straight win and ninth in 11
games. They beat Oakland 12-2 on Tuesday night with season highs in
runs and hits (18).

Keith Foulke pitched a perfect ninth for his 10th save in as
many chances. It was his first appearance against the A's since
leaving them and signing with Boston as a free agent after last

"It doesn't matter if it's the A's or who it is. I'm going out
there to get three outs," said Foulke, who has allowed one earned
run and 10 hits in 24 1-3 innings for a 0.37 ERA.

Boston first baseman David McCarty made an outstanding play in
the eighth with runners at first and second and one out. He
backhanded a fair ball after it went into foul territory and fired
to pitcher Mike Timlin for the out at first.

"We did have some good defensive plays and that's the thing you
have to do to win," McCarty said.

Trailing 2-1, Boston scored five runs in the fourth against

With one out, Kevin Millar walked and took second on McCarty's
single. They advanced on a passed ball, and Millar scored on Kevin
Youkilis' single. One out later, Johnny Damon walked to load the

Mark Bellhorn then hit a routine grounder to Crosby, but
Youkilis slowed down on the basepath.

"I was just trying to give him a little deke or throw his eye
off the ball," Youkilis said. "Hopefully, it worked."

Redman left with two outs in the sixth, and allowed runners to
reach base in four innings. He gave up nine runs -- five earned --
and nine hits in 5 2-3 innings.

"The game hinged on that one pitch," Oakland manager Ken Macha
said of Varitek's homer.

Oakland, which outhit Boston 14-9, cut the lead to 6-5 in the
fifth on Eric Byrnes' RBI single and Chavez's homer.

The Red Sox took a 1-0 lead in the third on Bellhorn's RBI

The Athletics made it 2-1 in the fourth on Jermaine's Dye's
run-scoring double and Erubiel Durazo's RBI single.

Game notes
Lowe faced the A's for the first time since the fifth game
of the AL division series, when he struck out Terrence Long with
the bases loaded to save a 4-3 win and put Boston in the ALCS. ...
Damon reached base leading off the first for the seventh straight
game when he walked. ... Oakland is 3-8 against the AL East this
year after going 28-13 against the division last year. ... The top
three batters in the A's lineup -- Mark Kotsay, Byrnes and Chavez --
went 8-for-12. ... Youkilis has reached base in all eight games
since his big league debut May 15 after being called up from
Triple-A Pawtucket. ... Crosby went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts.