On the first pitch after Chicago third baseman Joe Crede dropped
his foul pop up for an error, Ramirez homered in the ninth, sending
the Boston Red Sox to a 6-5 win and giving Curt Schilling his first
victory as a reliever since 1992.
"That was huge. This was a game of little things," said
Schilling, who blew the save when Crede hit a two-out, game-tying
double in the eighth, then got his first win since April 18, when
he was a starter.
"A foul ball gets dropped and that is the difference in the
game," Schilling said.
Crede couldn't hang on to the high pop up near the third base
stands when the ball drifted back toward the field. It ended his
49-game streak without an error and gave Ramirez another chance.
"With Manny, you just knew once Crede dropped that ball that
Manny was going to do something special," Boston's Johnny Damon
Ramirez sent his 26th homer to left center off Luis Vizcaino
(4-4) and Boston had just its fourth win in the last 10 games.
Crede's error was the third of the game for the White Sox,
helping the Red Sox to three unearned runs.
"Our defense was not what we've played all year long. Joe has
been playing good. It was not an easy play," Chicago manager Ozzie
Ramirez did not comment after the game.
Crede's error couldn't have come at a worse time for the White
Sox, who have lost three straight, all at home.
"It's a humbling feeling. You got to keep your head up," Crede
"The people in the stands were looking like they were ready to
grab for it. When I looked for the railing I saw them getting ready
to grab it and all of a sudden it drifts back. But it's a routine
play I should make."
The White Sox tied it in the eighth when Aaron Rowand doubled
with one out, went to third on an infield out and scored on Crede's
"I'm incredibly disappointed. I forgot the feeling of letting
down your starter and your team," Schilling said after his fifth
relief appearance. "That's probably why I'm so upset about it.
It's an adjustment."
Chicago starter Mark Buehrle gave up 10 hits and five runs --
three earned -- in six-plus innings.
Damon scored all the way from second with a hard slide and when
Iguchi's throw got by catcher A.J. Pierzynski for a second error,
Renteria and Ortiz moved up.
Ramirez was intentionally walked to load the bases before Cliff
Politte relieved Buehrle and struck out Jason Varitek. But Millar
hit a fly ball to right to score Renteria. Ortiz was thrown out at
third by right fielder Timo Perez on the play just after Renteria
had crossed the plate.
Carl Everett hit his 14th homer, a two-run shot in the first
that just cleared the center field fence, for a 2-0 lead. It came
after Scott Podsednik singled leading off and then stole his major
league-leading 49th base.
Paul Konerko and Rowand added solo shots in the fourth to give
the White Sox a 4-1 lead. Konerko's homer was his 22nd and Rowand's
his sixth and first since June 12.
Boston cut the lead to two in the fifth when Damon doubled and
scored when Renteria's long liner to center went off Rowand's glove
for another double. Moments after a high tight pitch, Ortiz punched
an RBI single to left that ticked Crede's glove and cut the lead to
In the second, Varitek singled, Trot Nixon reached on an infield
hit and Bill Mueller hit an RBI double. Nixon attempted to score
from third on Tony Graffanino's bouncer to short but Juan Uribe
easily threw him out.
Clement has given up seven homers in his last three starts
after yielding just six in his first 17 outings. ... Buehrle was
the sixth straight left-hander faced by the Red Sox, the first time
that's happened since 1914. ... Buehrle has pitched at least six
innings in 48 straight starts. ... Perez walked after a 12-pitch
at-bat against Clement in the sixth. ... The White Sox are
considering putting DH Frank Thomas on the disabled list with a
sore ankle, Guillen said after the game.