BOSTON (AP) -- In three seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Kevin
Millar had a lot of big moments at Fenway Park. He added another
Saturday night, only this time in a visiting uniform.
Millar's two-run single in the ninth inning lifted Baltimore to
a 5-4 victory over the Red Sox, snapping the Orioles' nine-game
losing streak at Fenway.
Manny Ramirez's home run on Saturday night was his first since Aug. 19, and his 160th over the last four seasons. David Ortiz has hit 173 homers during that same period. They are the first teammates in major-league history to average 40 home runs each over a four-year span.
Millar, a key part of Boston's 2004 World Series championship
team, went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI a day after going
1-for-3 with a homer in Baltimore's loss. Since signing with the
Orioles in the offseason, Millar is 16-for-48 with 10 RBI and 11
runs scored in 14 games against the Red Sox."It's been a dogfight all year," Millar said. "We've seen
them so many times, they know what I hit, they know what my holes
are, they know what my strengths are. So it's kind of been a cat
and mouse game with (Jason) Varitek and (Doug) Mirabelli back
there."Miguel Tejada and Jay Gibbons led off the ninth with singles off
Mike Timlin (6-6). After a fielder's choice and passed ball put
runners at second and third, Millar hit a ball off the top of the
Green Monster, just missing his second homer in two days. Still,
the base hit scored two runs and helped the Orioles became just the
fifth team this season to beat the Red Sox when trailing after
eight innings."A little short right there, a little short," Millar said.
"I've hit that wall enough to know that wasn't going to be a home
run. You've got to hit the ball up to get it out. But it was a big
win for us."Chris Ray (4-4) pitched a scoreless eighth and ninth for the
victory, Baltimore's third in 17 games against Boston this season.
David Ortiz pinch hit to lead off the ninth and flew out to the
deepest part of the outfield in center."I'm sitting there going, 'Who are we going to pitch if it's a
tie game?" Baltimore manager Sam Perlozzo said. "But that's just
a matter of preparation and respect for the guy that's at the
plate. At the same time, our guy was up for the challenge."After getting Ortiz, Ray got Mark Loretta and Mike Lowell to pop
out.Manny Ramirez went 2-for-3 with a home run and Carlos Pena was
2-for-4 and drove in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning for the
Red Sox, who dropped to third place in the AL East. Toronto, which
beat the New York Yankees 6-5 earlier in the day, took over sole
possession of second.Ramirez, making his first start since Sept. 9, hit his 470th
career homer and first since Aug. 19. Ramirez missed 17 of the
previous 18 games with soreness in his right knee, making his only
appearance during that stretch as a pinch-hitter in Boston's 5-3
loss to Toronto on Sept.23."He can hit," Boston manager Terry Francona said. "I bet if
you give him a bat in December, he can hit."Tim Wakefield, looking for his first win since July 6 against
Tampa Bay, allowed three runs in six innings. He remained 0-3 since
coming off the disabled list Sept. 13 after missing nearly two
months with a stress fracture in his rib cage."I wanted him to get a win so bad," Francona said. "The
biggest thing I told him before he went out there was, 'I want you
to leave the game clean, feeling good,' which he did."The Orioles led 3-0 on David Newhan's sacrifice fly in the first
and Chris Gomez's two-run single in the fifth.Adam Loewen allowed four runs on three hits and five walks in 5
1-3 innings for Baltimore. He didn't allow a hit until Pena singled
to right with one out in the fifth to load the bases. Dustin
Pedroia then followed with a walk -- Loewen's third of the inning --
to pull Boston to 3-1, but Mark Loretta grounded into a double play
to end the inning.The Red Sox then scored three times in the sixth to pull ahead.
With one out, Ramirez homered over the Green Monster to make it
3-2. Wily Mo Pena then walked, and Trot Nixon followed with an RBI
double to tie the score at 3 and chase Loewen.Two batters later, Pena hit a slow grounder past the
outstretched glove of second baseman Gomez to drive in Nixon and
put Boston up 4-3.Gomez went 3-for-4 to extend his career-best hitting streak to
Peter Gammons will throw out the first pitch in the season
finale Sunday. ... RHP Jonathan Papelbon threw batting practice off
the mound before Saturday's game. ... Baltimore 3B Melvin Mora had
three consecutive assists spanning the third and fourth innings.
... Nixon's sixth-inning double snapped an 0-for-17 slump. ...
Ramirez walked in the fourth inning to set a single-season career
high of 100. ... The Red Sox have finished second in the division
eight straight years.