BOSTON (Ticker) --
had an RBI single with one out in the bottom of the 14th inning to lift the
Boston Red Sox
to a 3-2 win over the
and a sweep of their three-game interleague series.
led off the 14th with a single off
dropped a sacrifice bunt down the third base line against Peter Munro. With first base open, Munro got ahead 0-2, but Ramirez lined his next offering into right-center field and Walker scored easily to give Boston its first sweep since May 13-15 against Texas.
"That sacrifice, it worked for him," said Astros manager
, who managed the
from 1997-2001. "Certainly both sides pitched well. It was a heck of a game. You got a 2-2 game that goes 14 innings. You just got to write what you see. That's all. Just write. It was a heck of a game."
"It wasn't a missed sign. All we need is one run and that's what I was thinking," Garciaparra said. "The guys was back on me, I figured I would lay one down, it was a good try to even get a base hit and keep the inning going, if not get the guy in scoring position.
"You've got Manny up, you've got a couple of guys who are swinging the bats great behind me. We are playing great, we're doing all the little things and everything you are supposed to do."
Munro had not allowed a run in his previous five appearances, including 2 2/3 innings against the
New York Yankees
on Wednesday, when he was one of six pitchers to combine on a no-hitter. However, Ramirez improved to 4-for-4 lifetime against the righthander.
"I got ahead of him 0-2 with two pitches away. I was trying to establish in and see what happened with that, then I would have gone back away," Munro said. "I think he hit a good pitch.
, he tends to do that once in a while, more times than not. They outplayed us tonight.
(2-0), Boston's fourth reliever, gave up one hit, walked one and struck out two in the 14th for the win.
each went two innings and
gave up one hit and struck out one in three frames.
"Today, the brightest spot of the game was that our bullpen kind of picked up our position players and that is kind of a turnaround from what has been going on here all season long,"
manager Grady Little said.
Garciaparra matched a career high with four hits - three doubles and a triple. He had a chance for a fifth but flied out to shallow center field with the bases loaded in the 11th.
got Ramirez to ground out to end that threat.
"I know they are great, great hitters, but I always believe in myself," Dotel said. "I always think that I'm the man when I face those guys and when I'm on the mound."
Boston left 15 runners on base, one more than Houston.
Houston grabbed the lead in the fourth when
walked with one out and Hidalgo followed by hitting Byung-Hyun Kim's next pitch over the "Green Monster" in left field for his ninth home run. The blast cleared the net behind the new seats above the historic wall.
Kim gave up two runs and seven hits with two walks and four strikeouts in six-plus innings.