Boston Red Sox
by overcoming long odds to make the team. On Sunday, he was surprised that his homer won the game.
The shortstop who went to spring training as a non-roster player but is now the starter hit the first pitch in the bottom
of the ninth just inside the right-field foul pole 302 feet from home plate.
''I didn't even comprehend the fact that I swung at the first pitch and it was a walk-off'' homer, he said after a 6-5 win
on a windy, misty afternoon. ''I hit second base and everybody is standing at home plate and then I realized what was going
His jubilant teammates had poured out of the dugout when he hit
's first pitch of the game for his fourth homer. They mobbed him when he reached the plate.
''He's really done a good job,'' Boston manager
said. ''It's gotten to the point where he's just been a really good player, not a really good non-roster player, a really
good major-league player.''
Green, who took advantage of his opportunity when shortstops
were hurt, is hitting .293 in 52 of the team's 69 games.
Not bad for a 30-year-old who had just one full season in the majors in his 10-year pro career before this season.
''I thought I hit it decent to right field but I thought it was going to be an out because the wind was so bad,'' Green said.
''Fortunately, it was blowing to right and the wind blew it right where it needed to go.''
(1-1) loaded the bases in the ninth but ended the threat by striking out
. Bennett (2-4) was Atlanta's fourth reliever.
The Braves rallied twice to tie the game.
''We did everything but win,'' Atlanta manager
said. ''We had more line shots than we did all year long, at people, with men on, too.''
In the eighth,
led off with a double and scored on
's single, making it 5-5.
In the seventh, Atlanta scored twice to tie the game at 4. Singles by Anderson,
produced one run.
and allowed a tying single to
J.D. Drew gave Boston a short-lived 5-4 lead with an RBI single in the seventh one pitch after he took a pitch that appeared
to be over the plate for a third strike. Cox came out of the dugout, argued and was thrown out by plate umpire Bill Hohn.
So were pitcher Eric O'Flaherty and third baseman
It was the major-league leading 145th ejection for Cox and his second of the year. Hall of Famer
is second with 131.
''It was a ball that was right down the middle for strike three. It was obvious,'' Cox said. ''He blew the call and it upsets
guys when it costs you games. And it cost us the ballgame.''
's two-run double in the first. The
went ahead with three runs in the first off
doubled and took third on an error when Jurrjens bobbled
hit a sacrifice fly and
a 3-2 lead with his sixth homer of the season, a two-run shot.
A misplay that fell for a hit in the fourth led to Boston's fourth run.
Ortiz led off with a pop fly. Shortstop
and Jones looked at each other and the ball dropped between them with neither touching it.
''It was a strong wind blowing. I just assumed that he was going to take it,'' Jones said. ''It ended up costing us a run.''
Ortiz took second when
was out on a tapper to catcher McCann and third on
followed with a sacrifice fly.
NOTES: Wakefield missed a chance to join Toronto's
as the only two 10-game winners in the majors. ... Jurrjens allowed two earned runs in 6 1-3 innings. He is 0-3 in his last
four starts since his most recent win, May 29 at Arizona. ... Boston 3B
got his second straight day off before the
are off Monday. Lowell, who had offseason hip surgery, has played in 65 of the team's 69 games. ... Ortiz has 295 homers and
999 RBIs in his career. ... Anderson was 6 for 10 with a double and five RBIs in the three-game series.