Then the Boston left fielder picked on his Baltimore counterpart
one more time.
Ramirez singled with two on and nobody out in the 10th, and
Fahey ran past it for a game-ending error on Saturday as the Red
Sox rallied from a four-run deficit to force extra innings and beat
the Orioles 8-7.
"That's not an easy way to win a game," Red Sox manager Terry
Francona said. "But we really had no choice."
Ramirez lined one between short and third to extend his hitting
streak to 27 games -- the longest active streak in the majors.
Pinch-runner Gabe Kapler held up at third until Fahey, who also
got thrown out trying to stretch a double in the ninth, flubbed it
for his second error of the game. Third base coach DeMarlo Hale
cranked up his windmill once again and Kapler took off for home,
Jonathan Papelbon (4-2) allowed one hit in two innings, bouncing
back after blowing consecutive save opportunities during a
five-game losing streak that dropped Boston a season-worst three
games behind the New York Yankees in the AL East.
New York beat the Los Angeles Angels 5-2 to hold onto a two-game
lead in the division.
Baltimore had a chance to take the lead off Papelbon, the Red
Sox rookie closer, when Fahey poked one down the third-base line
and into the corner. But when he tried for a triple, Ramirez fired
to shortstop Alex Gonzalez, who turned and threw to Mike Lowell
just in time for the out at third.
Bruce Chen (0-7) started the 10th and walked Mark Loretta and
wanted no part of David Ortiz, who had been 8-for-9 with four walks
in potential game-ending situations since the start of the 2005
"You can't keep putting guys on," Orioles manager Sam Perlozzo
said. "He walked the first two guys. It's a recipe for disaster."
Ramirez, who was hitless with two strikeouts, a double play and
a walk in his four previous trips to the plate, gave Boston its
fourth last at-bat victory in its last eight home games. The Red
Sox have won 15 of their last 16 against the Orioles.
"They wanted to face somebody else, I guess," Ortiz said. "I
wanted Manny to hit real bad, anyway. I wanted him to continue the
streak. That was a good way to do it."
The Orioles scored two with four hits in the first off Jason
Johnson. After Pena doubled and scored in the second, Baltimore
made it 5-1 in the fourth when Nick Markakis doubled in two runs
and scored on Chris Widger's single.
Pena hit a line drive over the farthest portion of the Green
Monster, and Crisp followed two outs later with a long fly down the
left-field line to cut Baltimore's lead to 5-3 after five. The
Orioles made it 7-3 in the sixth, loading the bases with one out to
chase Johnson before Brian Roberts hit a two-run single off Julian
Benson made his first start since going on the disabled list
July 26 with tendinitis in his right elbow. He allowed three runs
on six hits and a walk, striking out one in five innings.
Boston OF Trot Nixon has been hitting off a tee as he
recovers from a strained right biceps. ... RHP Julio Manon was
optioned to Triple-A Ottawa to make room on the roster for Benson.
... The Orioles lead the league with 159 homers allowed. ...
Ramirez was 9-for-11 against Benson in his career before going