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Nixon's six RBI help BoSox rally to win

9/2/2003

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Trot Nixon got back at the Philadelphia
Phillies in a big way.

Nixon capped a six-run ninth inning with a grand slam as the
Boston Red Sox rallied to beat the Philadelphia Phillies 13-9 on
Monday in an interleague game.

Nixon went 3-for-4 with a career-high six RBI for the Red Sox,
who began a crucial nine-game road trip with the win and moved
within one game of idle Seattle for the AL wild card.

"This is a really big win for us," Nixon said. "It gives us
momentum and that's something we hope to carry through the rest of
the road trip."

Nixon wanted revenge for a 6-5 loss to the Phillies in the
teams' first meeting on June 21 in a similar game that had both
teams seesawing into the lead. He also wanted to get payback for
being hit in the right wrist by a pitch in the eighth inning.

"We wanted to get them back for earlier in the year," Nixon
said. "But these kind of games might take a few years off my life.
As long as we win them, it's OK, though.

The Phillies took a 9-7 lead in the eighth, but the Red Sox
rallied against closer Jose Mesa (5-7).

Doug Mirabelli drew a leadoff walk, Damian Jackson singled one
out later and both advanced on Mesa's wild pitch. Mesa
intentionally walked Nomar Garciaparra, and Mesa gave up an infield
single to newly reacquired Lou Merloni that made it 9-8.

"It doesn't take them much to get ignited," Boston manager
Grady Little said.

Turk Wendell came in and walked Kevin Millar to tie it. Nixon
followed with a grand slam off the facing of the upper deck at
Veterans Stadium.

"I was looking for something offspeed and he gave me a slider
that was up, it was a mistake pitch," said Nixon, who has seven
career grand slams -- including two this season.

Byung-Hyun Kim (6-4) pitched the final 1 2-3 innings for the
win.

"That was nothing but positive for BK," Little said.

Bobby Abreu, Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell, and Jim Thome all had
two RBI for the Phillies, who had their three-game winning streak
snapped and fell one game behind Florida in the NL wild-card
standings. The Marlins beat Montreal 5-2.

Philadelphia manager Larry Bowa, who exploded in a team meeting
after being swept by Montreal on Thursday, appeared frustrated
afterward but kept his cool after the game.

"We battled back, but just couldn't stop them," he said. "No
question, it was a peaks and valleys day."

"We gave up too many walks (12) and we blew a big opportunity
early with the bases loaded and nobody out.

The game, which drew a season-high 61,068 fans on Mike Schmidt
bobblehead doll day, was a makeup from a June 20 game that was
rained out. The nine-inning contest was played in 4 hours, 4
minutes.

"I was in the AL for three years and that was a typical AL
game," said Bowa, who was a coach for Seattle.

After Boston's Mike Timlin pitched out of a bases-loaded, no-out
jam in the seventh inning, he unraveled in the eighth.

Pinch-hitter Rickey Ledee hit a leadoff game-tying homer to over
the right-center field wall to make it 7-7.

Marlon Byrd followed with a walk and advanced to second on
Rollins' sacrifice. Timlin walked Abreu intentionally and hit Mike
Lieberthal with a pitch to load the bases. Alan Embree came in and
gave up the two-run single to Thome, giving the Phillies a 9-7
lead.

Boston had grabbed the momentum in the eighth on David Ortiz's
two-run double off ex-Red Sox Rheal Cormier.

Abreu put the Phillies ahead 6-5 with a two-run single off Jeff
Suppan in the fourth. Garciaparra was charged with a costly
throwing error that put Byrd and Rollins in scoring position.

The Red Sox tied it at 4 with a four-run third against starter
Brett Myers. Millar hit an RBI single and Nixon had an RBI double.
Bill Mueller's RBI groundout capped the scoring.

Boston took a 5-4 lead in the fourth on Nixon's RBI single. On
the play, Ortiz was thrown out at the plate highlighted by a great
diving tag by catcher Lieberthal.

Philadelphia took a 2-0 lead in the first on Burrell's two-run
single and padded the lead to 4-0 on Rollins' two-run homer in the
second

Myers surrendered five runs on seven hits in four innings, and
issued a career-high seven walks.

"I'm more disappointed in myself," he said. "We had a
four-run lead and I let it get away."

Suppan allowed six runs -- five earned -- and 10 hits in six
innings with three walks and two strikeouts.

Game notes
Boston LF Manny Ramirez missed his fourth straight game
with flulike symptoms. ... Phillies IF Placido Polanco sat out his
second consecutive game with a strained thigh. ... C Kelly Stinnett
had a pinch-hit single in his Phillies debut. ... Suppan is 1-1
with a 6.34 ERA (six games, five starts) since being acquired by
Boston from Pittsburgh on July 31. ... Every starting position
player for both teams had at least one hit.<