MIAMI (AP) -- There were postgame fireworks at Dolphin Stadium,
helping lure the biggest crowd of the season.
Ramirez and Ortiz each homered twice and combined to drive in
nine runs before leaving in the sixth inning, powering the Boston
Red Sox to an 11-5 win over the Florida Marlins on Saturday night.
"Those two guys in the middle, something special," Marlins
manager Joe Girardi said. "They beat us."
Boston's major league-record run of 17 consecutive errorless
games ended with two miscues in the first inning, but the offense
easily atoned for those mistakes. The Red Sox -- who are 13-1 in
their last 14 games -- had 13 hits, including nine for extra bases.
Former Marlin Mike Lowell tied a career high with three doubles.
"We made up for it, so it was OK," Boston manager Terry
Ramirez had a three-run homer -- his 2,000th career hit -- in an
eventful first inning, then added a two-run shot in the sixth.
Ortiz had a solo homer in the third, a two-run homer in the fourth
and narrowly missed another in the sixth, settling for a long RBI
double off the left-field scoreboard.
With their team up 11-1, each slugger was removed from the game
midway through the sixth, drawing a few boos from another
pro-Boston crowd of 38,014 -- a season high at Dolphin Stadium,
5,820 more than the previous best set Friday night.
"Sometimes in this ballpark, the ball carries very well," said
Red Sox shortstop Alex Gonzalez, another former Marlin. "I told
(Ortiz) that in batting practice."
Miguel Olivo hit a two-run homer in the eighth and Mike Jacobs
went 3-for-4 with two doubles for Florida, which lost for the fifth
time in its last 19 games but remained alone in second in the NL
East -- albeit 11˝ games behind the New York Mets.
Tim Wakefield (6-8), the first knuckleballer to face Florida
since May 22, 2004, allowed three runs and five hits in 5 2-3
innings for Boston, which moved four games ahead of Toronto and the
New York Yankees in the AL East.
"I'm just very fortunate that David and Manny had a huge night
for us tonight," said Wakefield, who got career win No. 150 in his
300th start with the Red Sox.
Brian Moehler (5-7) left after throwing 32 pitches in two-thirds
of an inning because of a sprained right foot, but not before
allowing Ramirez's three-run drive. He was placed on the 15-day
disabled list after the game, as the Marlins recalled left-hander
Renyel Pinto from Triple-A Albuquerque.
Anibal Sanchez -- who threw 5 2-3 shutout innings against the New
York Yankees last weekend in his first major league appearance --
replaced him and struggled, giving up eight hits and seven runs,
including three homers, in 4 1-3 innings.
"I didn't have good command of my fastball," Sanchez said. "I
had good command of my curveball, so I only had one pitch today. I
was behind in the count all the time.
Boston's error-free run ended when catcher Doug Mirabelli's
throw to second base sailed into center field in the first.
Hanley Ramirez stole second on the play and advanced to third on
Mirabelli's errant throw. Two batters later, shortstop Alex
Gonzalez made his second error in 240 chances this season, throwing
the ball well away from second baseman Alex Cora in an effort to
force out Jacobs.
"I just got the ball on the end of my fingers," Gonzalez said.
"It's going to happen."
The Red Sox entered Saturday's game with a streak of 668
errorless chances, and their 23 errors entering July were the
lowest by any team going back to at least 1960.
But on this night, the two botched plays didn't matter much,
thanks to Ramirez and Ortiz -- whose homers combined to sail an
estimated 1,633 feet.
It was the fourth two-homer game of the season for Ramirez, who
has 22 home runs and 60 RBI, and the second for Ortiz, whose
totals jumped to 25 homers and 74 RBI. Ortiz hit a line-drive
homer to center, a towering fly to right, and nearly put one over
the left-field fence, too.
"First one he hit to center field, there was no effort behind
his swing," Francona said. "That was really nice to see. You hit
a ball to right, to center, to left, that's saying something. That
means you're seeing the ball pretty good."
The Red Sox got Manny Ramirez's 2,000th hit ball back from
the fan who caught it, trading it for two signed baseballs and a
bat. ... Marlins 2B Alfredo Amezaga was hit by a Javier Lopez pitch
on the left knee in the eighth inning. Amezaga was shaken up, but
remained in the game. ... Gonzalez hit a one-out double in the
ninth, extending his hitting streak to 11 games. Mark Loretta's
13-game hitting streak for Boston was unchanged; he had the night
off. ... Boston has scored at least 10 runs in five of its last 12
games, and the four homers matched a season high set on three other
occasions. ... The Marlins took batting practice against
knuckleball-throwing coaches before the game; OF Jeremy Hermida
lost his bat on one pregame swing.