BOSTON (AP) -- Playing against the National League put David
Ortiz in postseason form.
The Red Sox slugger beat the Philadelphia Phillies in extra
innings for the second consecutive game, singling home the winning
run in the 12th for an 8-7 victory on Monday and extending Boston's
winning streak to nine games.
It was the 10th regular-season, game-ending hit of Ortiz's
career and the third in Boston's last eight home games. He also had
three in the 2004 postseason en route to Boston's first World
Series title in 86 years.
"He's unbelievable. You just know he's coming through," said
outfielder Coco Crisp, who also saw Ortiz hit a 10th-inning homer
on Saturday. "You're just waiting for the opportunity to jump over
the little gate in the dugout and be the first to greet him."
Boston led 6-0 after six and 6-5 in the ninth before Chase Utley
homered off the Pesky Pole in right to force extra innings. The
Phillies took a 7-6 lead in the 12th on Jimmy Rollins' RBI double,
but Crisp doubled and scored on Kevin Youkilis' single to make it
Mark Loretta walked, then Ortiz lined a 1-2 pitch to
left-center. Ortiz, who leads the AL with 68 RBI, was mobbed by
his teammates between first and second after Youkilis came around
to score. Boston manager Terry Francona said it's what the team has
come to expect.
"It's almost unfair," he said. "But you feel so confident in
his ability to do those types of things."
Craig Hansen (1-0) earned his first major league victory for the
Red Sox, who have swept three consecutive three-game series -- all
against interleague foes. He pitched two-thirds of an inning and
gave up Rollins' double.
Clay Condrey (1-2) allowed two runs on three hits and a walk
while getting two outs. Rollins had a bases-loaded triple in the
seventh and drove in four runs, but the Phillies have lost 13 of 16
games to fall 12 games behind the first-place New York Mets in the
Boston had swept Atlanta and Washington before finishing off the
Phillies in a makeup of Sunday's rainout. The Mets and Pedro
Martinez return to Fenway Park on Tuesday night, and Boston had
members of its 1986 World Series-losing team at the stadium to
discuss plans to honor their 20th anniversary on Tuesday.
The '86 team, which blew a chance to beat the Mets in the Series
when Mookie Wilson's grounder went through Bill Buckner's legs, was
looking on when near-perfect rookie closer Jonathan Papelbon
allowed Utley's solo homer in the ninth to tie it.
"I thought when we came in and scored that run we had a pretty
good chance," Phillies manager Charlie Manuel said. "We just
couldn't hold them. Right now, I don't know what we can do. It just
seems to backfire on us."
Shane Victorino led off the 12th with a single to center, then
moved to second on David Bell's sacrifice bunt and to third on
Chris Coste's groundout. Rollins lined a double off the Green
Monster to give the Phillies their first lead.
Rollins had three hits, and so did Coste, who was playing in
just his 10th major league game.
Crisp had three hits, and Ortiz went 1-for-4 with two RBI.
Ortiz had an RBI groundout in the sixth, when Boston sent 12
batters to the plate to break a scoreless tie.
The Red Sox released LHP Mike Holtz. ... Aaron Rowand went
1-for-3 against Red Sox starter Tim Wakefield and is 11-for-17
versus the knuckleballer. ... The Phillies had three players on
injury rehab: RHP Jon Lieber (strained left groin) will pitch on
Tuesday night, Mike Lieberthal was to catch on Monday night, and
LHP Randy Wolf (left elbow ligament surgery) was to throw on Monday
night. ... Wakefield held the Phillies scoreless through six before
they chased him in the seventh. He allowed three runs, five hits
and two walks, striking out four. ... Phillies right-hander Cory
Lidle allowed four runs, five hits and three walks. He struck out
five in 5 1-3 innings. ... Philadelphia used seven pitchers, but
Arthur Rhodes was not available for personal reasons.