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Ramirez's ninth-inning single forces extra innings

BOSTON (AP) -- Trot Nixon singled through a drawn-in infield to
score Gabe Kapler from third base in the bottom of the 10th inning,
and Manny Ramirez had a tying hit in the ninth as the Boston Red
Sox rallied for a 5-4 win over the Toronto Blue Jays on Saturday
night.

Kevin Millar and Bill Mueller hit solo homers for the Red Sox,
who were one strike away from losing their fourth consecutive game
and a season-high three straight at home.

Pinch-hitter Jeremy Giambi, who entered hitting just .173 and
was booed when he was announced, led off the 10th with an infield
hit against Aquilino Lopez (1-3). Kapler pinch-ran and stole second
on the next pitch. He moved to third on the same play when catcher
Greg Myers' throw bounced away for an error. Nixon then singled
past a diving second baseman Orlando Hudson.

Byung-Hyun Kim (3-2) recorded three outs for the win.

The Red Sox rallied to tie in the ninth off Juan Acevedo. After
the first two batters were retired easily, Nomar Garcaiparra walked
then stole second on a 3-1 count. Ramirez, thinking it was ball
four, started to walk to first and appeared to interfere with Myers
by stepping in front of him, but there was no call and Garciaparra
made it easily on the throw.

Ramirez then hit a soft liner to right, tying the game.

Ramiro Mendoza allowed just two hits and a run in the first five
innings before Toronto struck for three runs with two outs in the
sixth.

Vernon Wells drew a walk and Carlos Delgado was hit by a pitch.
Bobby Kielty hit the next pitch into the left-field corner for an
RBI double, tying it at 2. Tom Wilson then chased Mendoza with a
two-run double to almost the same spot as Kielty's. Mike Timlin
entered and got Eric Hinske to ground out.

Mueller homered off the Coke bottles above the Green Monster,
cutting it to 4-3 in the sixth.

Mendoza gave up four runs on five hits, walked three and struck
out three in 5 2-3 innings.

Millar's homer gave Boston a 1-0 lead in the second. It snapped
an 0-for-11 slump and was his 15th of the season.

The Blue Jays tied it in the third. Hudson tripled and scored on
Reed Johnson's single.

Boston regained the lead 2-1 in the fourth when Garciaparra
singled and later scored on Nixon's bases-loaded ground out.

The Blue Jays loaded the bases twice earlier in the game, but
bounced into double plays.

Toronto starter Cory Lidle gave up two runs, four hits, walked
four and struck out three in 4 2-3 innings.

Game notes
Garciaparra made three nice plays to retire the Blue Jays
in the first, going into the hole for grounders and throwing across
his body. ... Toronto averaged 7.11 runs per game in Lidle's prior
20 starts, second best support in the AL. ... Pedro Martinez makes
his first start of the second half in the series finale Sunday. He
was pushed back so he could open next weekend's series vs. the
Yankees. ... There were an unusual number of scouts on hand. They
were likely watching Lidle, who has been the subject of trade
rumors. ... The Red Sox had scored just three runs in their prior
three games.