Boston Red Sox
's No. 14 on Tuesday night. Then the
went out and hit like him.
had a career-high five of the A's season-high 21 hits, and
had four as Oakland rallied from a three-run deficit against
to beat Boston 9-8 in 11 innings.
Ellis - Oakland's No. 14 - also scored four times, including the tying run in the ninth and the go-ahead run in the 11th.
Both times he was singled in by
''They fell in for us. That just happens,'' Davis said. ''That's nothing against that bullpen. It's a tough game to be perfect
Boston led 7-4 when Papelbon came in for the ninth, but he walked the leadoff hitter and gave up three hits; he was also hurt
by two throwing errors by shortstop
. It was still 7-7 with two out in the 11th when Ellis doubled off
(2-2) and scored on Davis' single to right.
''The odds of pulling that off are slim, and we did it,'' said A's manager
, whose team came back from a 10-run deficit earlier in the season. ''We pulled off some late-inning heroics this year a few
times. But tonight was big at this ballpark against that team.''
And against a bullpen that hadn't allowed a run in 25 innings since the All-Star break.
''It's tough. What am I going to do? Things like that happen,'' said Papelbon, who blew just his third save in 28 opportunities.
''You've got to and move on and get ready for tomorrow.''
Davis scored on
's career-high fifth hit to make it 9-7.
(4-4) pitched a perfect 10th for the win, and
earned his 12th save despite giving one run back in the 11th.
Delcarmen gave up two runs on three hits, striking out one in 1 2-3 innings.
''He was a little bit fatigued at the end and that's not his fault,''
said. ''We got to the ninth with Pap, and a lot of things happened to get there, but we feel pretty good about the game when
One night after the slumping
offense broke out with 14 hits, the club hung Rice's No. 14 on the Fenway facade to honor the Hall of Fame slugger.
had three hits for Boston, including a two-run to spark Boston's five-run third inning. J.D. Drew had three hits, including
a pair of doubles; he is 8-for-20 in the homestand following an 0-for-24 slump.
had two of Boston's 14 hits for his fifth multihit game in a row. He also had an RBI groundout in the 11th to make it 9-8,
but Bailey got
on a harmless fly ball to left.
had three hits as the A's avoided falling 17 games below .500 for the first time since 1997.
, who has been sought after in trade talks, got into trouble in three of the first four innings. But he left with a 5-2 lead,
gave up one run,
another and Papelbon allowed three in the ninth - two earned.
The last-minute outburst rescued
from an eighth loss in his last nine starts.
Boston led 5-2 after three, 6-2 after six and 7-4 at the end of eight innings. Papelbon came in to pitch the ninth, but Cust
drew a leadoff walk and scored on Tommy Everidge's first major-league hit - a double high off the Green Monster.
Ellis reached on an infield single that scored Everidge and took second on Green's first throwing error. Ellis stole third
and scored on
' infield single; he went all the way to third on another error by Green.
Papelbon struck out Kennedy to end the inning and send the game into extras.
NOTES: Geren was ejected for yelling something from the dugout in the five-run third. ... The A's placed INF
on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring and recalled Everidge from Triple-A Sacramento. Everidge made his
major-league debut. ...
is expected to get the day off on Wednesday, when the A's will pitch lefty
pinch hit for Ortiz in the seventh inning. Ortiz left the ballpark to go to the hospital and be with his daughter according
to Francona, who said it was precautionary.