BOSTON (AP) -- Manny Ramirez stopped to watch his fly ball sail
toward the foul pole, just as Carlton Fisk did 30 years earlier.
And, just like Boston's Hall of Fame catcher who had stared from
home plate, Ramirez raised his arms skyward, after waiting between
first and second base, when his shot just reached the stands for a
home run.Ramirez's three-run drive to right field helped Boston to a 10-3
win over Cincinnati on a night when the Red Sox celebrated Fisk's
shot against the Reds that hit the left-field foul pole and gave
them a 7-6 win in Game 6 of the 1975 World Series.Boston lost Game 7 at home, the teams' last meeting until
Monday, but the current Red Sox are on an offensive roll sparked by
Ramirez's hitting revival."Manny's going to hit," Boston right fielder Jay Payton said.
"Everybody gets on him because his average isn't .320, but he's
still hitting some homers and driving in runs and Manny's going to
have his [usual] numbers at the end of the year."Ramirez has 13 homers and 49 RBI. He went 2-for-5 to raise his
batting average to .254 and is hitting .339 in his last 14 games.The Red Sox led 7-2 when Ramirez capped a five-run, sixth inning
with a high fly near the low right-field wall. Wily Mo Pena ran
over but the ball appeared to hit his glove as he neared the fence
and it bounced into the stands. Ramirez raised both arms in a
touchdown gesture when first-base umpire Terry Craft gave the
home-run signal.Back on Oct. 21, 1975, Fisk watched his ball sail to the
opposite foul pole, waved his arms toward fair territory then
jumped when it was ruled a homer. Before Monday's game, that pole
was renamed the "Fisk Pole" in a brief ceremony that Fisk
attended. He also threw out the ceremonial first pitch to former
batterymate, pitcher Luis Tiant."I don't know if embarrassed is the right word. But you wonder
whether you deserve it," Fisk said.On Monday night, Matt Clement (7-1) allowed three runs and six
hits in eight innings with a season-high nine strikeouts and one
walk in his first start since giving up seven runs in a 9-2 loss at
St. Louis."It's nice to get back home," he said. "We've just played two
pretty intense series" at St. Louis and the Chicago Cubs where
Boston was 2-4.He allowed two runs in the fifth on Felipe Lopez's RBI triple
and Rich Aurilia's sacrifice fly and one in the eighth on Javier
Valentin's second homer of the season."Even the worst pitchers can give up six, seven runs with that
[Red Sox] lineup," Valentin said. "He can be relaxed with that
lineup."The Red Sox had 16 hits one day after getting 17, their second
most of the year, in an 8-1 win over the Cubs. They also had a
season-high seven extra-base hits in each game. Johnny Damon had
three singles after getting a double, triple and homer on Sunday
night."It was nice to have another hitter in the lineup" after
playing without the designated hitter in the NL cities, said Boston
bench coach Brad Mills, who filled in while manager Terry Francona
attended his daughter's high school graduation.Boston scored nine runs off Eric Milton (3-8), who matched his
career-high for runs allowed, set in 2002 against Cleveland. He's
given up at least six runs in six of his last eight starts."We made a few changes mechanically. I felt a lot stronger,"
Milton said. "It's been 14 starts already. I figured I'd have
things worked out by now."Edgar Renteria hit a two-run double in the third and Boston made
it 5-0 in the fourth on RBI singles by Jason Varitek and Damon and
a run-scoring double by Bill Mueller. Leading 5-2 in the sixth,
Boston got a two-run single from David Ortiz and Ramirez's homer
off Matt Belisle.
Sean Casey extended his hitting streak to nine games. ...
For the second time in 14 starts, Milton didn't allow a homer. He's
given up 22 homers this year, the most in the majors. The first
batter after he left the game, Ramirez, homered off Belisle. ...
The Red Sox scored at least 10 runs for the sixth time this season
and the first since a 17-1 win on May 28 at the New York Yankees.