Final

Series: Game 1 of 1

Boston won 1-0

Game 1: Monday, September 1
Boston13Final
Philadelphia9

Red Sox 13

(79-58, 33-34 away)

Phillies 9

(73-64, 39-27 home)

    1:05 PM ET, September 1, 2003

    Veterans Stadium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 

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    BOS 004100026 13 14 1
    PHI 220200030 9 13 0

    W: B. Kim (7-9)

    L: J. Mesa (5-7)

    Nixon's six RBI help BoSox rally to win

    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.<

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