Red Sox blow seven-run lead, but rally to win

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Manny Ramirez is most dangerous with the
bases loaded.

Ramirez hit his 19th grand slam and drove in five runs, leading
the Boston Red Sox over the Philadelphia Phillies 12-8 Sunday for
their season-high seventh consecutive victory.

Ramirez tied Hall of Famer Eddie Murray for second place on the
career grand slams list. Lou Gehrig holds the record with 23.

Boston blew a seven-run lead, but Mark Bellhorn hit a go-ahead
RBI double in the eighth inning. Bellhorn finished with three hits,
including a homer, three RBI and four runs scored for the AL
East-leading Red Sox, who completed their first undefeated road
trip (6-0) since going 9-0 in 1977.

"The last 10 to 12 days everybody is seeing the ball well and
it spreads through the lineup," said Bellhorn, who entered
2-for-16 on the trip.

Ramirez gave the Red Sox a 7-0 lead in the fourth with his slam
off starter Brett Myers. His 19th homer of the season landed in the
first row of seats in right field. He appeared to be surprised when
the ball cleared the fence, raising both arms in celebration as he
rounded first base.

"Manny started out slow and we all said it's going to be fun
when he gets hot. And he's getting hot," Red Sox manager Terry
Francona said.

Ramirez went 5-for-14 with three homers and nine RBI in the

Bobby Abreu and Pat Burrell each homered and drove in three runs
for Philadelphia, which lost for the ninth time in 12 games. After
a 12-1 homestand in early June, the Phillies finished this
homestand 1-5.

"We just need to forget about it and move on," Abreu said.

After Philadelphia rallied from a 7-0 deficit to tie the score
at 8 in the seventh, Boston got four runs in its next at-bat.

Johnny Damon started the rally with a bunt single off Rheal
Cormier (2-2). Bellhorn hit the next pitch off the center-field
fence, scoring Damon for a 9-8 lead. David Ortiz followed with a
single, and Ramirez lifted a sacrifice fly to center. One batter
later, Jason Varitek hit a two-run homer, his 13th.

Mike Timlin (2-1) pitched two scoreless innings for the win.

With the Phillies down 8-1 in the fifth, Abreu hit a two-run
double and Burrell followed with a two-run homer, his 16th.
Philadelphia tied it with three runs in the seventh, capped by Jim
Thome's sacrifice fly.

"We stayed after them and that's a good sign," said manager
Charlie Manuel, who held a closed-door meeting with his team before
the game.

Myers was roughed up for seven runs and eight hits in four
innings. In his last two starts, he has yielded 13 runs and 18 hits
in 7 1/3 innings as his ERA has climbed from 2.19 to 3.18.

"I felt like the plate didn't have any corners," Myers said.
"If you try to make an adjustment to that and come back over the
plate, with that club, it's not going to work."

Game notes
Manuel was ejected in the fifth for arguing balls and
strikes with plate umpire Gary Darling. It was Manuel's third
ejection of the season. ... Damon extended his hitting streak to 13
games, and Ortiz improved his streak to 10. ... The Red Sox
finished interleague play with a 12-6 mark, a club record for
interleague wins in a season. ... Boston never trailed in the
three-game series.