recording their fifth straight win over Tampa Bay since a loss on Opening Day. Boston scored the decisive run in its final at-bat on three occasions, including Tuesday's 6-5 victory in the opener of this three-game series.
"I think you have to win them both ways. And tonight showed we can come from behind," Giambi said. "I think during the season if you win a lot of one-run ballgames, you have a lot of confidence that you can come back and win them."
Defensive miscues contributed to Boston's four-run eighth and left Tampa Bay manager
in a rage.
Ortiz, who enjoyed his first three-hit game for the
, singled to center to bring in two runs and tie it at 4-4.
"I was just trying not to do too much," said Ortiz, who raised his average to .207. "I've been trying to overdo things too much lately."
stole second and
walked before Jackson was thrown out trying to steal third. Giambi doubled off the wall in center field and Hillenbrand was able to score easily when shortstop
bobbled the relay.
capped the inning with an RBI single.
Piniella's anger remained after the game as he greeted reporters in the locker room in front of his players rather than in the manager's office. He saved his furor for the relief corps.
"Trust your stuff. Get the (darn) thing over the plate if you want to win up here," Piniella said. "We're leading the majors in walks and we got a 6.00 or 7.00 ERA. That sould say enough, shouldn't it? I don't think I have to deliver the message every day."
The locker room sat in silence and Crawford was among those not trying to make any excuses.
"There were mistakes, and that's what happens when you make mistakes," Crawford said. "Hopefully, we can learn from it."
(1-2) pitched the eighth for the win and
worked the ninth for his first major league save.
"Going into it, I thought that I was going to go in down three runs. I guess I was going in no matter what," Lyon said. "But I guess I had a little more adrenaline going in up two runs."
wasted a strong effort by starter
, who allowed two runs and six hits in six innings. Boston counterpart
gave up four runs - three earned - and six hits in 6 2/3 innings.
"To come back last night and win and then tonight from a two-run deficit, that's two big games for us," Burkett said.
pushed across a run with two out in the first on a walk to
and singles by
. Ordonez made it 3-0 an inning later when he homered over the "Green Monster" in left field.
Ordonez hit a mere eight homers in seven seasons with the
New York Mets
but already has two in his first month with the
"Rey's been swinging the bat good for us," Martin said. "It was good for us to get a 3-0 lead right there."
Ramirez hit his second homer of the year with two outs in the third and
added his fourth with two outs in the fifth to cut the deficit to 3-2.
regained a two-run lead in the seventh when Crawford reached on an error by second baseman Walker, stole second and scored on a single by rookie
, who extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
With a runner at third and two outs in the eighth, Hillenbrand made a diving stop on a ground ball by
to keep the score at 4-2.